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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.

Jul

2, 2020

Save the date - EPD Stakeholder Conference 2020

Knauf Insulation Experience Center, Slovenia
We are happy to announce that this year's EPD Stakeholder Conference will take place on November 10. If the situation with corona/Covid-19 allows, we will join at Knauf’s new regional demonstration and training centre, Knauf Insulation Experience Center (KIEXC) in Škofja Loka, Slovenia (20 km from Ljubljana), or we may need to arrange an online event. More details and information about the format and topics will be published in August.

Jun

30, 2020

Bombardier the first to publish an Environmental Product Declaration for a business aircraft

Bombardier Aviation and the International EPD® System today announced the first publication of an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for business aviation, the Global 7500 aircraft.

The aircraft EPD is third party verified and complies with the globally accepted ISO standard, ISO 14025 and related, for type III environmental declarations. It discloses fully transparent environmental information about the product’s life cycle. This includes for example CO2 emissions, noise, water consumption and other key environmental impact indicators.

“We are proud to collaborate with Bombardier in its effort to provide full transparency about the environmental performance of its Global 7500 aircraft from a life cycle perspective. With the publication of the first business jet EPD in our system, Bombardier is striving to provide customers and stakeholders with the full environmental picture,” says Sebastiaan Stiller, Director Business, The International EPD® System.

“We are thrilled to offer a comprehensive environmental footprint and performance overview of the Global 7500 aircraft throughout its life cycle. By making this information available to our stakeholders, including operators, this EPD also supports the business aviation industry’s broader goals to mitigating its impact on climate change,” says David Coleal, President at Bombardier Aviation.

Read more about Bombardier Global 7500 EPD
Bombardier´s EPD

Bombardier, Global and Global 7500 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Jun

10, 2020

Summer schedule of the secretariat

Summer schedule of the secretariat

The Secretariat will be open throughout the whole summer. Though, you may experience some short delays during the month of June and July. For all questions about EPDs, PCRs and/or EPD registrations during these two months, please use info@environdec.com as the main contact and we will answer you as soon as possible. In case of high urgency, please also include Sebastiaan Stiller (sebastiaan.stiller@environdec.com) AND Sebastian Welling (sebastian.welling@environdec.com) in the contact list.

Jun

4, 2020

New PCR Partnership Programme established

Harmonization of Product Category Rules (PCR) is at the heart of meeting EU and global market expectations to make lifecycle-based environmental performance data of manufacturers’ products and services comparable.

EPD International AB therefore now calls for deep collaboration between and the coordination of the PCR development processes amongst EPD Programme Operators (EPD POs) and PCR developers in a market-driven PCR Partnership Programme (PPP). This new PPP initiative is especially necessary when EPD POs shall offer regularly updated and harmonised PCR information on a global scale to their markets.­­­­­­­

The overall objectives of this PPP are to:

  • initiate constructive forms of co-operations between POs leading to full consistency of PCR- and EPD work according to ISO 14025 and ISO/TS 14027
  • minimize misuse and market failure of PCR and EPD
  • avoid proliferation of PCRs in the same product category
  • gain market acceptance for effective efforts to harmonize PCR

Please click here to get detailed information about the PPP and to discuss how we can join forces.

May

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.

May

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.

May

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

Apr

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.

Apr

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 

Apr

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

Mar

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:
http://www.environdec.com/en/Detail/epd1852
http://www.environdec.com/en/Detail/epd1853

 

 

 

 “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:
http://www.environdec.com/en/Detail/epd738
http://www.environdec.com/en/Detail/epd740
http://www.environdec.com/en/Detail/epd741
http://www.environdec.com/en/Detail/epd1802

Feb

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: info@environdec.com 

Feb

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

Feb

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