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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.

Oct

18, 2018

Preliminary agenda published: Thinkstep to join the EPD International Stakeholder Conference

Thinkstep

We are happy to confirm that Martin Blumberg from thinkstep will join the EPD International Stakeholder Conference 2018 in Brussels. Martin will present how thinkstep and their software solutions contribute to the creation of EPDs at a large scale.

We are also pleased to announce that thinkstep will be our partner for the After-Event Mingle of the conference. The mingle will provide an inviting environment for networking, and exchanging and connecting ideas around the main topics of the conference and the field of EPDs.

The preliminary agenda for the event is now published.

Links

Sep

24, 2018

Keynote speaker confirmed: Michele Galatola

Michele Galatola

We are glad to announce that Michele Galatola will join the EPD International Stakeholder Conference 2018 as keynote speaker.

Registration for the 6th EPD International Stakeholder Conference that will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on November 13th, 2018 is now open. More information and a link to the registration can be found here.

Dr Michele Galatola has more than 20 years experience in the field of environmental science, environmental technologies, environmental management systems and life cycle assessment. After having worked for the private sector and public research agencies, since 2005 Mr Galatola is working for the European Commission. After 5 years in DG Research (responsible for the research cycle for eco-innovation and environmental technologies) since 2010 Mr Galatola is working in DG Environment, first leading the EU Ecolabel and now leading the work on Environmental Footprint.

More information about all speakers is available here.

Sep

17, 2018

New regional hub of the International EPD® System opened in Russia

The International EPD® system offers the possibility for organizations in different parts of the world to join forces with the system with the ambition to expand the practical use of EPD as now increasingly being expected in many societal sectors. For this purpose, fully aligned regional programmes (also referred to as regional hubs) have been established around the world. The regional hub handles all EPD registrations into the International EPD® System and helpdesk requests in the relevant country/region.

There are several advantages for both parties with a closecooperation in the field of PCR and EPD harmonization, e.g.

  • Increased possibilities for information and marketing of EPD in a truly global perspective
  • Easier to reach local and regional customer in the market by information and personal contacts in the native language
  • Better overview of the local and regional market situation with regard to EPD and thereby good access  to potential market actors interested in EPD

Recently EPD International has signed an agreement with CIS Center in Moscow for them to become the regional hub for the International EPD® system in Russia. CIS Center is an organization active in a number of environmental aspects such as hazard assessment of chemicals, compliance assessment and sustainable development. In the field of potential industries interested to register EPD, CIS Center has specifically identified the following product categories: fertilizers, pesticides, general chemicals, ores and minerals, and metals.

CIS Center is now engaged in a number of ways to promote EPD in Russia and will carry out its annual international conference on chemicals sound management and safe handling in October 2018 in Astana (Kazakhstan) where the newly established cooperation with the International EPD® system will be presented.

For further information, please contact:

Sep

10, 2018

Registration open: 6th EPD International Stakeholder Conference on November 13th

EPD Stakeholder Conference 2018

Registration is now open to the 6th EPD International Stakeholder Conference. More information and a link to register is available on this page.

The EPD International Stakeholder Conference 2018 will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday, November 13th 2018. The event is expected to gather EPD stakeholders from industry, academia and others sectors for a chance to meet and learn about the latest developments in the world of Environmental Product Declarations.

The two main themes of the event will be:

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

The event is free of charge, but the number of participants is limited.

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Aug

27, 2018

Product Category Rules for Port operation services published

PCR for Port operation services

Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of Port operation services have now been published in the International EPD® System.

The development of the PCR was led by Aritz Alonso at TECNALIA Research & Innovation 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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Aug

13, 2018

Proposal for mandatory climate declaration of new buildings in Sweden

IMAGE © ISTOCKPHOTO.COM / ERIC BLECKERT

Boverket, the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, proposes in a report that a climate declaration is made mandatory for new buildings in Sweden. The climate declaration would display the emissions of greenhouse gases for the product stage and construction process stage of the building per square meter.

The report proposes that the calculations are based European standard EN 15978 Sustainability of construction works – Assessment of envi-ronmental performance of buildings - Calculation method. EPDs for construction products based on the EN 15804 standard are expected to be used as basis for the calculations.

If the proposal is accepted by the government, Boverket states in the report that such a regulation may come into force no earlier than January 2021 for selected building types.

 

More information:

Aug

1, 2018

Resources from EPD webinar available

Resources from EPD webinar available

The slides and recording from the EPD webinar (May, 30) "Maximize market advantages with EPDs" are now available.

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Slides

Recording

 

Topic of the webinar:

Secure advantages in the bidding process over your competitors with Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) product information. Life cycle assessment, which is calculated in the process of creating an EPD, allows you to identify areas of improvement in your environmental product footprint. The results of an LCA tell you what measures you can take to optimize your products and your business performance.

Jul

25, 2018

Global PCR for Tires adopted

The Global PCR for Tires developed by industry stakeholders in the WBCSD Tire Industry project has been adopted into the PCR library of the International EPD® System. This is the first time a PCR in the UL Environment program has been adopted and the document is available via UL Environment.

The intended application of the PCR document is to provide guidance for developing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for tires and to pinpoint the underlying requirements of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) pursuant to ISO standards that address appropriate environmental aspects of the tire life cycle.  

The PCR is valid for tires used in passenger vehicle, light truck, medium and heavy truck, pickup, city and school bus, coaches, aircraft, off-the-road vehicles and motorcycle. This PCR is global in scope and presents a harmonized calculation procedure for tire-attributed vehicle use stage emissions.

 

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Jul

16, 2018

Save the date - EPD Stakeholder Conference 2018

We are happy to announce that this year's EPD Stakeholder Conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium on November, 13.

The two main topics for the conference will be:

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

More details and information will be published in August.