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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.

The relevant standard for Environmental Product Declarations is ISO 14025, where they are referred to as "type III environmental declarations". A type III 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.

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.

All EPD®s registered in the International EPD® System are publically available and free to download through the EPD Search on this website.

Company case studies

  • Registering EPDs was the last step for Granarolo

    Registering EPDs was the last step for Granarolo12/5/2014

    Granarolo high quality milk in PET bottles was the first fresh milk product in the world to receive a certified Environmental Product Declaration....

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  • EPD as part of a sustainable strategy

    EPD as part of a sustainable strategy4/25/2014

    Acciona proves its commitment to sustainability by becoming the first construction company worldwide to register an EPD for civil infrastructures.

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  • Analyzing hygiene pads

    Analyzing hygiene pads 3/26/2014

    Serenity, an Italian producer of hygiene products such as pads, decided to step up from LCA to registered EPDs. This included analyzing life cycle aspects of more than half of its products in one go.

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  • Improving Nordic electricity

    Improving Nordic electricity2/27/2014

    Today Vattenfall has five certified EPDs for electricity generated in the Nordic countries and the UK. These cover hydro power, wind power and nuclear power – and includes almost 100% of Vattenfall’s electricity generation in Sweden.

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  • Certified furnishing

    Certified furnishing10/15/2012

    A natural evolution of Arper's environmental policy was to integrate LCA as a tool in the design phase of its products. A number of EPDs for its chairs and tables is now in place.

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  • Communicating credible car fibres

    Communicating credible car fibres 10/11/2012

    Miko has some leading car manufacturers to thank for its LCA approach.

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