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Nov

18, 2020

Winter holiday schedule of the Secretariat

Winter holiday schedule of the Secretariat

The Secretariat will be open throughout the winter but during December 21 – January 6 you may experience some delays due to the Christmas holiday. If you plan to register and publish an EPD before the end of the year, please submit it no later than December 15.

We wish you a pleasant Christmas holiday and that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy!

Nov

18, 2020

Submit EPDs December 15 for publication 2020

Please make sure to hand in all documentation for your EPD registrations no later than December 15 to the Secretariat to ensure publication of your EPDs in 2020. Due to the launch of the new EPD Portal, new EPD registrations will enter the system upon the launch on January 13.

If you have any questions, please contact the Secretariat via info@environdec.com.

Nov

16, 2020

Updated templates based on PCR 2019:14 Construction products (version 1.1)

The EPD template, Construction products, PCR 2019:14 (EN 15804:A2) and verification report, PCR 2019:14 (EN 15804:A2), are now updated to suit version 1.1 of PCR for Construction products 2019:14. You find the updated documents here.

Nov

11, 2020

Key messages from the stakeholder conference

Key messages from the stakeholder conference

The 8th annual stakeholder conference online welcomed more than 200 private and public sector experts from all around the world. This year's presentations and panel discussions focused on the accessibility for all, that the world needs credible, digital and harmonized environmental performance data.

The key messages from the conference were:

  • New green market and legal regulations, especially for sustainable buildings, drive market pull for many EPDs
  • Digitalisation and smart technologies will considerably lower resources spent on EPD development and sharing
  • EPD International AB is prepared to support you with new game-changing services

Presentations from the event will be sent to all participants. Do not hesitate to contact the secretariat if you have any questions.

Nov

6, 2020

EPD International expands it works on climate-related and circular procurement

EPD International has recently accelerated its work on climate-related and circular procurement.

One part of the work focuses on the unique possibility for EPDs to provide quantitative and comparable bids facilitating the daily work of procurement authorities. EPDs are also a prerequisite for organizations wanting to set reliable goals for their work to mitigate climate impact. As a first step, EPD International has the ambition to prepare PCRs for all commodities commonly procured in the public sector and provide practical guidelines for making use of PCR and EPD in daily procurement activities.

Another part of the work focuses on specific future challenges in connection to circular procurement. It has recently been observed that circular procurement in many cases is carried out in a quite different way compared to sustainable development by focusing less on legal requirements in the call for tenders. Instead, the needs and market analysis as well as following-up activities are more important for the requirements to be set in circular procurement.

EPD International has the ambition to develop EPDs close to a “one-stop shopping” system for circular procurement, with special merits to serve as a verification tool. The environmental performance data in the EPD should therefore be tailored for use in different applications and scenarios.

For more information contact sven-olof.ryding@ivl.se

Nov

6, 2020

Keynote speaker confirmed: Kay Killmann

Kay Killmann is keynote speaker for the annual EPD Stakeholder Conference

We hope you all are ready to e-meetup at the EPD International Stakeholder Conference next week on November 10. We are now announcing the third keynote speaker, Kay Killmann, Head of Europe at Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).

Kay Killmann oversees GBCI Europe, the premier sustainability certification and credentialing organization in the region. He has two decades of international experience as a consulting architect and nonprofit leader and is the co-founder of the German Green Building Association. Kay advocates for sustainable benchmarking and performance monitoring using programs like LEED, WELL and technology platforms like Arc.

More information about the speakers and the agenda is available here.

Nov

5, 2020

Keynote speaker confirmed: Christian Donath

We are very glad to now announce another keynote speaker for the EPD International Stakeholder Conference on November 10, Christian Donath, Managing Director of ECO Platform.

Christian Donath worked as a civil engineer at Hochtief for a decade. He was founding CEO of the German Sustainable Building Council DGNB and Board member of the World Green Building Council. He serves as Managing Director of ECO Platform, a European initiative for harmonization of Environmental Product Declarations.

Since 2010 he is self-employed, offering mainly services for Product Manufacturers in the fields of digital communication and sustainability. With BIM Sources he offers Product Manufacturers smart solutions for digitalization, including innovative visualization, smart product data management and exchange.

More information about the Stakeholder Conference and a link to the registration can be found here.

Nov

3, 2020

Keynote speaker confirmed: Josefina Lindblom

Keynote speaker confirmed: Josefina Lindblom

We are glad to announce that Josefina Lindblom from the European Commission for DG Environment will join the EPD International Stakeholder Conference on November 10 as one of the keynote speakers.

Josefina Lindblom is working in the unit of Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption at European Commission for DG Environment and has been responsible for the work on "sustainable buildings" since 2011. Among other things, she has managed the recent developments of Level(s), a common framework for the assessment of the environmental performance of buildings. This work is at the heart of the work of the European Commission to bring the building sector into the circular economy.

Josefina has previously worked in DG Research with specific support to SMEs and in DG Joint Research Centre, where she took part in research studies related to the improved environmental performance of industry and how to design policy in this respect. She has a PhD in Chemical Engineering Design from Chalmers Technical University of Gothenburg, Sweden, partly conducted at the Institute for Paper Science and Technology in Atlanta, the US.

More information about the Stakeholder Conference and a link to the registration can be found here.

Oct

29, 2020

Launch EPD Portal at the Stakeholder Conference November 10

EPD International will soon launch its new EPD Portal to make EPD registrations and publication quicker, easier and cost-efficient. Our response and promise to sustainably transform the EPD world. During the EPD International Stakeholder Conference on the 10th of November, we will tell you all about it and are looking forward to your inputs. 

The registration is free of charge and the conference will this year take place online. We are looking forward to e-connecting with you!

Read more and register here

Oct

22, 2020

The differences between the new and old PCR version for construction products

After the issuing of the PCR 2019:14 Construction products in response to the updated EN 15804:2012+A2:2019 standard, we received several requests about the differences between the new and old PCR version. In the following document, we collected and summarised the most important changes for your information. Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of remaining unclarities.

Link to PDF: Differences between new and old versions of EN 15804

Description on differences between new and old versions of EN 15804

Oct

15, 2020

Registration open: 8th EPD International Stakeholder Conference

EPD International Stakeholder Conference

We are very much looking forward to e-connect with you on November 10, 2020, during one of our two identical online Annual Stakeholder Conference. Due to COVID-19 we can unfortunately not meet-up in Slovenia this year as planned, but we are looking forward to meeting up with you online! The event is expected to gather EPD stakeholders from industry, academia and other sectors for a chance to learn about the latest developments in the world of Environmental Product Declarations.

The theme of the event is “Access for all - the world needs credible, digital and harmonized environmental performance data”.

The topics of the event will be:

  • Credible data: A strong EPD brand and third-party verified environmental performance data are key when decisions require a life cycle perspective.
  • Digital solutions: The product-specific information in an EPD is increasingly used when calculating the environmental performance of various items.
  • Harmonisation on all levels: Finding acceptance of EPDs by working on global standardisation with public and private actors.

Read more and register to the conference here.

Sep

30, 2020

EPD India newly manages EPD requests from Bangladesh

The regional hub in India will manage EPD requests also from clients located in Bangladesh from October 1, 2020

It is a pleasure to inform that our regional hub of the International EPD System in India will from October 1, 2020 officially manage EPD requests from clients located in India and Bangladesh. Ms Anindita Baishya and her team are highly motivated to provide their expert support to organisations and interested stakeholders willing to develop and publish EPDs with The International EPD System and look forward to receiving many EPD publication requests.

Read more and contact the team at www.environdecindia.com

Sep

21, 2020

Extended validity period for PCR 2012:01 and sub-PCRs following EN 15804:2012+A1:2013

EPD International AB decided to extend the validity period for our PCR 2012:01 Construction products and construction services and all associated sub-PCRs that follow the old version of EN 15804 (EN 15804:2012+A1:2013) until 2021-12-31. This to secure the smooth transition to the new version of EN 15804 (EN 15804:2012+A2:2019).

However, as mentioned in the previous post, we strongly recommend organisations registering new EPDs to follow our new construction product PCR (PCR 2019:14) and associated complementary PCRs (c-PCRs) that follow the updated EN15804 standard.

The validity period of EPDs based on PCRs that follow the old EN 15804 (A1) remains five years.

Sep

17, 2020

New version of PCR 2019:14 Construction products

A new version of PCR 2019:14, the construction product PCR based on EN 15804:A2, has been published. Among others, the new version includes clarifications and corrections of errors related to:

  • Allowed scopes
  • Modelling of module D
  • Averaging products in modules A1-A3
  • Averaging manufacturing sites from the same company in modules A1-A3
  • Sector EPD in modules A1-A3
  • Unit and declaration of eutrophication (aquatic freshwater)
  • The GWP-GHG indicator
  • Recommendation that a Guarantee of Origin is valid at least for the upcoming year
  • Recommendation to include additional environmental impact indicators from EN 15804 in a public annexe to facilitate modularity

The new version, version 1.1, is available here.

Jul

3, 2020

Extended validity period for PCR 2012:01 and sub-PCRs following EN 15804:2012+A1:2013

EPD International AB decided to extend the validity period for our PCR 2012:01 Construction products and construction services and all associated sub-PCRs that follow the old version of EN 15804 (EN 15804:2012+A1:2013) until 2020-12-31. This to secure the smooth transition to the new version of EN 15804 (EN 15804:2012+A2:2019).

However, as mentioned in the previous post, we strongly recommend organisations registering new EPDs to follow our new construction product PCR (PCR 2019:14) and associated complementary PCRs (c-PCRs) that follow the updated EN15804 standard.

The validity period of EPDs based on PCRs that follow the old EN 15804 (A1) remains five years.