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Compile information in the EPD reporting format

Compile information in the EPD reporting format

The results of the LCA study and other information mandated by the reference PCR and General Programme Instructions shall be compiled in the EPD reporting format. This may be performed by the organisation itself (in-house) or with the help of a consultant.

The International EPD® System includes the requirements for the EPD reporting format in terms of contents, while some flexibility is allowed in the formatting and layout provided that the EPD still includes the prescribed information. A generic template for EPDs is available. Additional requirements may be put on the reporting format in the reference PCR, or in order for the EPD to be used in certain applications.

As a general rule, the EPD content:

  • shall be in line with the requirements and guidelines in ISO 14020 (Environmental labels and declarations - General principles),
  • shall be verifiable, accurate, relevant, and not misleading, and
  • shall not include rating, judgements, or direct comparisons with other products.

An EPD should be made with a reasonable number of pages for the intended audience and use.

For EPDs for construction products compliant with EN 15804, the communication format of the EPD shall be in accordance with EN 15942, Sustainability of construction works — Environmental product declarations — Communication formats: business to business.

EPD languages

EPDs should be published in English, but may also be published in additional languages. If the EPD is not available in English, it shall contain an executive summary in English that includes the main content of the EPD. This summary is part of the EPD and, thus, subject to the same verification procedure.

Including multiple products from the same company in the same EPD

Similar products covered by the same PCR and manufactured by the same company with the same core process may be included in the same EPD if the following requirements are met:

  • Similar products with differences between the environmental indicators in Section 9.5.5 lower than ±10% may be presented in the same EPD using the impacts of an environmentally representative product. The criteria for the choice of representative product shall be presented in the EPD, using, where applicable, statistical parameters.
  • Similar products with differences between the environmental indicators in Section 9.5.5 higher than ±10% may be presented in the same EPD but presenting the results separately for each product, while adhering to the rules about a reasonable number of pages for the intended audience and use.

For EPDs from an industry association, see Sector EPD.