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25, 2020

Clarification regarding the use of normalization within EPDs

Normalization may be a powerful and useful instrument inside an LCA study, but its results cannot be reported in an EPD. This is because an EPD shall not, according to the General Programme Instructions, include any rating or judgements, which are inherent parts of normalization.

The position of the International EPD System on normalization is further clarified here: www.environdec.com/The-International-EPD-System/General-Programme-Instructions/Guidance-on-interpretation-of-programme-instructions.


15, 2020

New upcoming sunset date for PCRs following old EN15804:2012 A1

EPD International AB has received requests regarding the validity for the use of PCRs and complimentary PCRs (c-PCRs) according to the old EN15804:2012 A1 (i.e. PCR 2012:01).

As founding member of the ECO Platform, we plan to adopt an upcoming recommendation from the ECO Platform to its EPD programme members on uniformly handling the transition period to the new version of the standard of EN15804:2019 A2 as well as official sunset dates on which the old version shall no longer be used.

We expect to be able to communicate details from the recommendation in May/June this year. Being one of the first programme operators on the market offering PCRs following the new EN15804:2019 A2, we will ensure to align the sunset dates for any PCRs and c-PCRs according to the old EN15804:2012 A1 to secure a smooth transition. We therefore expect a prolongment of the validity date of those PCRs and c-PCRs beyond 2020-09-01.

Nevertheless, we strongly recommend organisations who start their EPD development to follow our PCRs that follow the new EN15804:2019 A2 standard already today.


13, 2020

Updated clarification regarding indicators for use of resources and waste

Updated clarification regarding indicators for use of resources and waste

The indicators for use of resources and waste shall account for resource used and waste produced along the whole life cycle of the declared product (upstream, core and downstream processes). They are the result of the life cycle inventory and represent net flows of resources and waste crossing the system boundaries. The amount of wastes and the destination shall, therefore, be declared as outflows from the system only when the waste treatment process is not included within the system boundaries.

The updated 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


30, 2020

Updated Registration Form for EPD registration and publication

From May 1, 2020 you will automatically download our updated registration form. You will need this updated form for the registration and publication of your EPDs with our Secretariat. Besides minor improvements, we included the request from many of our clients to design it as a formal agreement.

Link to the updated registration form.


15, 2020

A new regional EPD hub in South East Asia

The new EPD hub Southeast Asia is located in Jakarta

The global network of the International EPD® System is expanding into South East Asia with a new international hub - EPD Southeast Asia. EPD Southeast Asia’s office is located in Jakarta and offers its services in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. The hub is responsible for marketing and sales activities to manufacturers who are located in these countries and want to publish their EPDs with The International EPD® System.

EPD Southeast Asia is operated by PT Program EPD Asia Tenggara, an independent company that was established to accommodate the increased environmental awareness and the growing interest of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) applications in the region. EPD International AB is confident that this solution is a warrant for both independent and competitive EPD services being offered to these promising markets.

The hub will arrange a webinar 20th April 2020 at 2 p.m. local time (UTC+7), read more and register on: www.EPD-Southeastasia.com

For information, please contact: admin@epd-southeastasia.com 


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