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8, 2020

Contact us whenever you need EPD related support

Dear EPD owners and partners,

Helping EPD owners to communicate the environmental impact of their products and services is core to who we are. With this post, we want to inform you that the EPD International team is fully operational and here to support you in these challenging times.

The COVID-19 pandemic is to many of us an unparalleled situation. The first months have been intense for all of us, and the virus will continue to keep us busy for a while. Our first priority has been to keep the team safe and healthy, our second to plan for business continuity.

Please do not hesitate to contact us when you need EPD related support.

Stay safe and healthy!
/Sebastiaan Stiller and Sebastian Welling on behalf of the EPD International team


11, 2020

First EPD according to updated construction PCR published

Juno Paints are the first company to publish EPDs based on the new version of the EN 15804 standard

Industrias JUNO S.A and Polisan Kansai Boya San. ve Tic. A.Ş. have published the first EPDs based on the new version of the EN 15804 standard. The new version of EN 15804 was published at the end of 2019 and the International EPD System was one of the first programme operators on the market to implement these changes and issue a PCR based on the updated EN 15804 (PCR 2014:14).

"We are very satisfied with this publication which is in line with the environmental commitment of Juno Paints. We were the first Spanish paint company to obtain environmental certification for the design, development, production, commercialization and servicing of paints, and now we are again the first company to publish the updated EPD."

Read more and see the newly published EPDs here:




 “As Polisan Kansai Boya, we updated our Type III environmental labels of our 4 paint products according to the new version of the European Building Materials Norm. In parallel with our corporate sustainability approach, the environmental dimensions of our products were analyzed throughout the life cycle from raw material production to delivery to the customer. As the Turkish company that published the first EPD certificate in the new version, we hope that our documents will be an example in the sustainability studies of other companies.”

Read more and see the newly published or updated EPDs here:


28, 2020

An initiative to harmonize PCR

ISO 14025 states that harmonization of GPI and particularly PCR should be encouraged between EPD programmes to meet the principle of comparability. This should include rules for administrative procedures, PCR development, PCR review and verification procedures, as well as declaration format. To ensure comparability, EPD programme operators are encouraged to work cooperatively to achieve harmonization of the programmes by developing mutual recognition agreements, MRA. 

The International EPD® system has taken an initiative to start an ISO activity to meet this demand. As a result, ISO recently started to develop a standard on “Mutual Recognition between EPD programme operators” in a new Working Group – ISO TC 207/SC 3/WG 8. The first WG meeting was held in Seoul, South Korea, in late January 2020. The next meeting will be held in Stockholm late autumn 2020. The standard will be referred to as ISO/TS 14029 and is scheduled to be published in mid-2022. 

For more information please contact: sven-olof@environdec.com 


21, 2020

Ongoing consultations and initiated PCR developments

Open consultation means that the secretariat, PCR moderator and the PCR committee welcome stakeholders and others to give comments on upcoming PCRs. This to make them as credible, accepted and accurate as possible when published as guidelines for new EPDs. Please find our ongoing consultations here and give comments here.

Ongoing open consultations

  • Meat of poultry, open consultation ending 2020-02-21
  • Paraffin wax, open consultation ending 2020-04-01
  • Mineral or chemical fertilizers, open consultation ending 2020-04-01
  • Textile manufacturing services, fabrics made of vegetable fibres other than cotton for other uses than apparel, open consultation ending 2020-04-07
  • Tissue products, open consultation ending 2020-04-10

Newly initiated PCR developments, which will have open consultations starting in the coming two months

  • Wine
  • Impregnated and extruded textile articles
  • Rubber articles for footwear
  • Basic forestry products
  • Rehabilitation services of highways, streets and roads (a c-PCR to PCR 2019:14 Construction products)

Recently published PCRs

  • Absorbent hygiene products
  • Bakery products
  • Micronized stone from quarry
  • Construction products, based on the new version of EN 15804, along with six published c-PCRs

Ongoing consultations: www.environdec.com/PCR
Comment on upcoming PCRs: www.environdec.com/PCR/PCR-Development/PCR-Forum


14, 2020

Clarification regarding indicators for use of resources and waste

When declaring use of resources and waste production in an EPD, so called “elementary flows”, data must be summed and declared, not only flows related to the core processes. That means that you must declare data along the entire life cycle of each of the materials, processes, transports etc, not only data directly taken from the Life Cycle Inventory of the EPD owner.

For example, when making an EPD, a zero value for the indicator of radioactive waste would mean that nuclear power is never used during the life cycle of the product in neither of the processes consuming electricity, including the upstream processes. This is a rare situation, so take it as an example.

The clarification is available on this page (scroll down to headline two) and will be added to future revisions of the General Programme Instructions: www.environdec.com/The-International-EPD-System/General-Programme-Instructions/Guidance-on-interpretation-of-programme-instructions


24, 2020

Guidance on making EPDs of products not yet on the market published

The Technical Committee of the International EPD® System has published guidance on how to create EPDs on products not yet on the market. This may occur, for example, in public procurement when companies are requested to provide customized versions of their standard range of products.

The guidance is available on this page and will be added to future revisions of the General Programme Instructions: www.environdec.com/The-International-EPD-System/General-Programme-Instructions/Guidance-on-interpretation-of-programme-instructions


15, 2020

PCR for construction products published based on the new EN 15804

New PCR for construction products

We are proud to announce the publication of new Product Category Rules (PCR) for construction products, PCR 2019:14. The PCR is based on the updated European standard for EPDs of construction products, EN 15804, which was launched in 2019. The International EPD® System is, to our knowledge, the first EPD programme to issue a PCR based on the updated EN 15804.

Compared to the old version, the new PCR has different requirements in terms of allowed scopes, required indicators and allocation procedures, among others. The PCR provides a link between the requirements in the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD® System and the new EN 15804. It is also meant to provide a basis for EPDs based on ISO 21930:2017 if additional requirements are met.

The first six complementary PCRs are also published, with specific guidance regarding cement and building lime, ceramic tiles, concrete and concrete elements, floor covering, thermal insulation, and wood products used for construction. Complementary PCRs covering more product categories will be published over time.

The old PCR for Construction products, PCR 2012:01, will be valid until 2020-09-01 to enable EPD owners and EPD users to adapt to the new standard.

Read more and see the new PCR here: www.environdec.com/PCR/Detail/?Pcr=14759


5, 2019

PCRs available for open consultation

Arable and vegetable crops, cosmetics, seats and finished bovine leather

Product Category Rules (PCR) are documents that provide rules, requirements, and guidelines for developing an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for a specific product category. They are used as complements to the programme instructions, e.g. in terms of calculation rules, scenarios, and EPD contents. A PCR should enable different practitioners using the PCR to generate consistent results when assessing products of the same product category.

The Product Category Rule (PCR) for Arable and Vegetable crops is new and aimed at replacing two previous PCRs, 2013:05 (Arable crops) and 2011:20 (Vegetables). The PCR is available for open consultation until 2020-01-17.

Please find more information about the consultation here.

Following PCRs are now being updated and are also open for consultation


29, 2019

Presentations from the 7th EPD International Stakeholder Conference now available

EPD International Stakeholder Conference 2019

The 7th annual stakeholder conference held in Bilbao, Spain welcomed more than 60 private and public sector experts from all around the world.

This year's presentations and panel discussions focused on three main themes:

• Latest developments within standardisation in the construction sector
• Digitalisation of EPD information
• Successful applications of EPDs

Presentations from the event are now available for download here


12, 2019

Learn more about the new version of the EN 15804 at the upcoming Stakeholder Conference

We are excited to announce further speakers for the EPD International Stakeholder Conference on November 26th. One of the speakers will be Eva Schmincke, who will provide updates on the latest version of the EN 15804.

Eva Schmincke has more than 25 years of experience as a consultant in Life Cycle Management, and experience of chairing the product section in CEN TC 350, Sustainability of Construction Works. She is also a founding member of the ECO Platform, of DGNB, and GEDNet. She works as a consultant for the German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development, various industries, as well as for German environmental NGO as a translator of standards to practice in sustainable construction.

We are very happy to welcome Eva Schmincke as speaker to the EPD International Stakeholder Conference and looking forward to hearing more about the latest developments within the EN 15804. 

Please find more information about Eva Schmincke and all other speakers here.

The 7th EPD International Stakeholder Conference will take place in Bilbao, Spain, on November 26th. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Not yet registered yet? Make sure to safe one of the remaining spots available for our yearly conference now. More information and a link to the registration can be found below.

Read more about the conference
Registration for the event
Information about speakers


27, 2019

Moderator and speakers for the Stakeholder Conference confirmed

EPD International Stakeholder Conference 2019

We are glad to announce that Gorka Benito Alonso will join the EPD International Stakeholder Conference 2019 as moderator of the event. The 7th EPD International Stakeholder Conference will take place in Bilbao, Spain, on November 26th.

Gorka is project manager in IK Ingenieria, a consultancy company with 15 years of experience in Life Cycle Analysis and sustainability strategies in companies. They created the first EPD in Spain 2007 and have been involved with EPDs since then, developing more than 60 EPDs and participating in the creation and update of 10 PCRs during these years. He is also part of the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System.

We are also happy to confrm some of the speakers for the event. More speakers will soon be announced. Please find all information about the confirmed speakers here.

Not yet registered for the event? Make sure to safe one of the remaining spots available for our yearly conference now. More information and a link to the registration can be found below.



27, 2019


Port of Bilbao

A new case study has been published for The Port of Bilbao. They are the first to publish an Environmental Product Declaration of port operation (EPD) services in the EPD system.

Read the case study.


24, 2019

New organisation and roles at the Secretariat

The interest in EPDs is growing. To be better prepared for current and future demands for life-cycle based environmental information globally, the organisation of the EPD International Secretariat has been expanded accordingly with new roles. The new main contact persons for different areas are listed at www.environdec.com/contact/Contact-persons/

The team is happy to have continuous access to senior expert support securing access to extensive international networks and long experiences with EPD. Kristian Jelse will support the team in their new roles to continue to develop the International EPD® System.

Contact details to the Secretariat as a whole or individual staff members are available at www.environdec.com/Contact.


9, 2019

More than 1100 EPD:s from 45 countries published

Now there are 1100 EPD:s from companies and organisations in 45 different countries published.

"The rapid growth in EPD information continues also in 2019. More LCA-based data than ever are now available via www.environdec.com", says Kristian Jelse, programme manager of the International EPD® System.


3, 2019

Upcoming webinar: How to create machine-readable EPDs

From pdf to xml

The market shows a growing demand and interest for machine-readable EPD information. Since more than one year, the International EPD® System allows for the possibility to adapt the information given to specific user needs and market applications by introducing the concept of “machine-readable EPDs”. 

Machine-readable EPD-information is stored in a file format in a separate database hosted by the International EPD® System that can be used for different applications and will open new ways to make use of the communication of the environmental performance of products. 

Learn more about machine-readable EPD information and how to create machine-readable EPDs in a free online webinar: 

Time: Thursday, September, 19, 2 pm-3.30pm (CEST)

More information will be sent to all registered participants prior to the event. Pleae register for the event via the link below.