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May

6, 2019

CEN PCR for Ceramic tiles adopted

PCR Construction products

A new product category-specific PCR standard, developed within CEN to complement the EN 15804 standard, has now been adoted via sub-PCRs in the International EPD® System:

  • Sub-PCR-L Ceramic tiles (EN 17160)

The sub-PCRs does not add any additional methodological requirements, but simply refer to the European standard. It is now available for any company wishing to declare an EPD for these product categories in the International EPD® System.

 

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Apr

29, 2019

Upcoming breakfast seminar i Stockholm - Miljövarudeklarationer (EPD) i bygg- och anläggningssektorn

On May 24th, Kristian Jelse from the EPD International Secretariat will present at an event for the construction sector in Stockholm. The event will be in Swedish, and is hosted by WSP with the Swedish Transport Authority (Trafikverket) as one of the presenters.

The event is free. For more information and to register, see this page.

 

Summary:

Inbjudan till frukostseminarium - Miljövarudeklarationer (EPD) i bygg- och anläggningssektorn Medverkande: WSP Sverige, EPD International och Trafikverket

WSP bjuder in till frukostseminarium för producenter, leverantörer, återförsäljare, konsulter och andra intressenter i bygg- och anläggningssektorn som vill veta mer om EPD:er, hur de används i sektorn och tänkbara utvecklingsscenarion för EPD-systemet framöver.

Efterfrågan på EPD:er ökar stadigt i bland annat offentliga upphandlingar och som komponent i certifieringssystem för tex byggnader och infrastruktur vilket innebär många önskade förändringar från olika parter. Utvecklingen är delvis driven av målet om en klimatneutral bransch såsom stipulerat i färdplanen för fossilfri konkurrenskraft – bygg och anläggningssektorn.

Apr

15, 2019

InData meeting hosted in Stockholm

Participants and guests to the 11th InData Working Group meeting

The 11th meeting of the InData Working Group was hosted in Stockholm in April. The latest developments within the field of digitalisation of EPD data were discussed, with the goal to harmonize the format of machine-readable EPDs for use in different applications.

InData was founded as a network aiming at the initiation of an international LCA data network structure for construction products based on EPD information. The International EPD System hub for machine-redable EPD was launched in 2018, and participates in the InData working group as part of its international collaborations and projects.

Apr

9, 2019

New PCR for construction products available for open consultation

A new PCR for construction products is under development and will replace the existing PCR 2012:01 Construction products and construction services. The new PCR will be based on version 3.0 of the General Programme Instructions and the upcoming revision of the EN 15804 standard (EN 15804:A2), expected to be published later this year.

The current PCR 2012:01 is valid until 2020-03-03. Both PCRs are expected to be available in parallel for a time to enable EPD owners and EPD users to adapt to the new standard.

A draft of the new PCR is available for open consultation until 2019-06-09. Any stakeholder is welcome to comment on the draft by posting on the PCR forum or by contacting the PCR moderator.

The PCR contents of the draft is preliminary as the final version will be aligned with the upcoming update of the EN 15804 standard. All sub-PCRs to PCR 2012:01 will be transferred to this PCR as "c-PCRs", when finished.

Please contact the PCR moderator Martin Erlandsson, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute or the Secretariat for further information.

 

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Mar

26, 2019

Newsletter #1 2019

Newsletter #1 2019

The first newsletter of 2019 has been published. To read it and past editions, please see this page

You can subscribe to the newsletter by using this link.

Mar

5, 2019

PCRs for apparel published

Image: Freeimages / Fleur Suijten

The International EPD® System recently published four PCRs for the apparel industry. These PCRs enable manufacturers fromany country in the world to declare the verified environmental impacts of their products in an EPD:

The PCR development process was led by Dr. Sandra Roos, researcher at RISE IVF. The PCR committee included industry and LCA experts from PRé Sustainability, Fristads AB and the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA). The process followed the ISO 14025 and ISO 14027 and included an open consultation period and a review.

The four documents were developed in parallel to guarantee a consistent and coordinated approach across the individual, but closely related product categories, and to provide apparel manufacturers with a comprehensive and fully-aligned service offering covering a considerable part of their product portfolios.

"Clothing is a very promising new application area for EPDs. We saw an increased interest for EPD of textiles last year, and I look forward to seeing the first EPDs for apparel," says Kristian Jelse, programme manager of the International EPD® System.

For more information about PCR or EPD, please contact the Secretariat.

 

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Feb

18, 2019

EPDs at the upcoming Australian Life Cycle Assessment conference

EPDs at the upcoming Australian Life Cycle Assessment conference

The biannual Australian Life Cycle Assessment conference will be held in Cronulla, Australia on March 4-6th. The Australasian EPD Programme, the regional partner of the International EPD® System in Australia and New Zealand, is a Supporting partner to the event.

EPDs will be a prime focus of the event including a workshop on Monday March 4th and a whole session on EPDs on Wednesday 6th March.

For more information about the conference, see www.lcaconference.com.au. For more information about EPDs in Australia and New Zealand, see www.epd-australasia.com.

Jan

31, 2019

Record number of EPD registrations

A record number of 270 Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) were published in the International EPD® System in 2018, breaking the previous record with 85 additional registrations in a single year. Construction products was the main product category, but there were also EPDs registered for a wide range of other goods and services, including food, transport equipment and paper products.

"We have really seen a record-breaking interest for EPDs in 2018, says Kristian Jelse, programme manager of the International EPD® System. It is great to see both new companies publishing their first EPDs with us, but also an increasing number of companies creating EPDs at a large scale using dedicated calculation tools and EPD Process Certification."

The new EPDs came from companies and associations in 28 different countries, with the highest number of EPDs from Italy, Turkey, Spain, France, and Sweden.

Sixteen new Product Category Rules (PCR) and sub-PCRs were published during the year, introducing the possibility to do EPDs for product categories such as textile fabrics of natural fibres and espresso coffee, and aligning with the latest European standards for product categories such as cement and insulation products.

For more information about creating of using EPDs, please contact the Secretariat. All registered EPDs in the International EPD® System are publically-available via the database at www.environdec.com.

Dec

18, 2018

Unchanged fees for 2019

The funding for managing the International EPD® System comes mainly from the fee structure connected to the registration and publication of EPDs within the International EPD® System. The fees for EPD registration and annual fee will remain unchanged in 2019 compared to 2018. For full information about fees, see this page.

This applies to applies to all countries, except in those countries where EPD registration is handled via a regional partner (currently: Australia, Brazil, Chile, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and Turkey).

Dec

12, 2018

Case study: CJ CheilJedang

Case study: CJ CheilJedang

A new EPD case study has been published for CJ CheilJedang: the first company from South Korea to register an EPD in the International EPD® System.

Read the case study.

Dec

3, 2018

Secretariat closed for holidays from December 22nd

Secretariat closed for holidays 2018

The EPD International Secretariat will be closed from December 22nd - January 2nd.

If you plan to register and publish an EPD before the end of the year, please submit it to registration@environdec.com no later than December 17th.

Nov

28, 2018

Product Category Rules for Fabrics of natural fibres for apparel sector published

Image: Freeimages.com/Karl-Erik Bennion

Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of Woven, knitted and crocheted fabrics of naturals fibres (except silk), for apparel sector have now been published in the International EPD® System.

The development of the PCR was led by Bekir Cetin at Semtrio Sustainability Consulting as the appointed PCR Moderator in accordance with the PCR Process described in the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD System, based on ISO 14025. During the development of the document, it has been subject for an open consultation on www.environdec.com as well as a review by the appointed Technical Committee.

The PCR is now available for any company to voluntarily develop and publish information on the life cycle environment impact of these services in a transparent and comparable way.

 

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Nov

23, 2018

First EPD registrations from South Korea and China announced at the stakeholder conference

First EPD registrations from South Korea and China announced at the stakeholder conference

The first EPD registrations from South Korea and China were announced during the EPD International Stakeholder Conference in Brussels.

The first EPD come from the company CJ Cheiljedang and declares the environmental impact of glass noodles. A small handover ceremony was arranged in Stockholm, where the certificate of EPD registration was handed over to the company:

"I am very pleased to see CJ Cheiljedang register the first EPD from South Korea in the International EPD® System, becoming a forerunner for EPD in the region," says Kristian Jelse, programme manager.

The second EPD come from Zhejiang Pretec Metal Products Co, and declared the environmental impacts of the construction products NC-Bolt and Pc-Bolt in accordance with the EN 15804 standard.

With the addition of the two EPDs from China and South Korea there are now EPDs from organisations in 42 countries registered in the International EPD® System.

 

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Nov

20, 2018

Presentations from the 6th EPD International Stakeholder Conference now available

6th EPD International Stakeholder Conference

The 6th EPD International Stakeholder Conference was held on November 13th in Brussels, Belgium. This year's conference welcomed more than 65 EPD stakeholders from 17 countries.

The presentations and panel discussions focused on two main themes:

  • After the pilot phase – what's next for EPD and the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)?
  • Going mainstream: creating EPDs at a large scale

Presentations from the event are now available for download here, with an event summary below:

Introductions

After welcomes from the hosts and the moderator Roel Drost from EcoChain, the event started with the latest EPD news, including video greetings from India, Latin America, Russia and Turkey. Kelly Taylor from the Australasian EPD Programme was present in Brussels to give an update of EPD progress made in the region.

After the pilot phase – what's next for EPD and the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)?

The keynote was given by Michele Galatola, presenting the current status and the link to EPD. Experience from two different pilots were provided by Paul Bruijn from Heineken and Luca Ruini from Barilla. Kristian Jelse from the EPD International Secretariat presented the update of EN 15804 as the next important milestone for harmonization between the results of the PEF pilot phase and the ongoing momentum of EPD creation and use.

Going mainstream: creating EPDs at a large scale

Divided into two parts (current status and the future), the second main topic was introduced by Sebastiaan Stiller from the EPD International Secretariat. Marco Mazzetti from Mapei and Hüdai Kara from Metsims shared experiences and an outlook of using EPD Process Certification for creating EPDs at a large scale. Large-scale use of EPD in public procurement and in green building design were presented by Susanna Toller from the Swedish Transport Authority and by Tytti Bruce-Hyrkäs from Bionova.

Other presentations included the challenge of data accessibility and interoperability by Llorenc Mila I Canals from UN Environment - Life Cycle Initiative, a presentation of software options and possibilities from Martin Blumberg from thinkstep and a call for cross-disciplinary cooperation from Jeanette Sveder Lundin, Skanska. The oulook was expanded into Environmental Profit & Loss by Juliette Herin, Philips Innovation.

Wrap-up

In the event wrap-up, Sven-Olof Ryding provided an inspirational note looking both back on the development of EPD and gave some inspiration for the future.

 

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Oct

25, 2018

PCRs being updated to latest programme instructions

In December 2017 version 3.0 of the General Programme Instructions (GPI) were published and during the spring 2018 all PCR Basic Modules were updated and based on the new GPI. As the next step, the PCR moderators and PCR committees are welcome to take the initiative to update the respective PCRs during their validity to comply with GPI 3.0.

To ensure an up-to-date PCR library, the Secretariat will take the initiative to update the most recently-published or updated PCRs during their validity. This work will be done together with the PCR moderators and PCR committees. To avoid any problems for ongoing EPD development, a transition period of the current version of the PCR will be set on a case-to-case basis.

For any questions, please see each PCR page or contact the Secretariat.