The main advantages of EPDs are:
For those creating EPDs and providing information on the market
EPDs provide opportunities for giving a quantitative and verified information about the environmental performance of products, viewed from a comprehensive life cycle perspective. The following advantages can specifically be outlined:
Objective - through the use of scientifically accepted and valid methods based on international standards for life cycle assessment (LCA).
Non-selective and neutral - because no claims of valuations or predetermined environmental performance levels must be met.
Flexible - through enabling any change or improvement of the EPD as required by the company/organisation after due external review and verification.
For those using EPD information for various purposes
Since EPDs contain factual-based and verified information about the environmental performance of products and services they can be used as source information for various purposes. The following advantages can specifically be outlined:
Comparable - because the information in EPDs are being collected and calculated based on international accepted and harmonised calculation rules.
Credible - through the requirements for routine inspections, review, approval and follow-up by an independent verifier.
Accurate - because the information has to be continuously-updated based on in-company routines for documentation and follow-up procedures.