What is an EPD®?
An EPD® (Environmental Product Declaration) is an independently verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of products.
Having an EPD® for a product does not imply that the declared product is environmentally superior to alternatives — it is simply a transparent declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact.
What about the ®?
The EPD® logotype and the acronym EPD® are registered trademarks within the European Union and use of them within the EU is therefore only allowed for certified EPDs within the International EPD® System.
A type III environmental declaration is defined in ISO 14025 as quantified environmental data for a product with pre-set categories of parameters based on the ISO 14040 series of standards, but not excluding additional environmental information. An environmental declaration is created and registered in the framework of a programme, such as the International EPD® System, where the name "EPD® " is used for the declarations.
All EPD®s registered in the International EPD® System are publically available and free to download through the EPD Search on this website.
An EPD® may be used for many different applications, including public procurement and building assessment schemes. The concept of type III environmental declarations was developed to primarily be used in business-to-business communication, but their use in business-to-consumer communication is not precluded by the standards.