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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

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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.

Jun

28, 2018

EPDs included at conference on carbon reduction of Swedish infrastructure projects

Resultatkonferens

On June 14th, the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) arranged a one-day results conference in Stockholm. The topic was tools and demands in public procurement for carbon reduction on infrastructure projects.

In the infrastructure projects of Trafikverket larger than 50 million SEK, the tool Klimatkalkyl is used to calculate a baseline for the project. In the procurement, a requirement is given to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions with a certain percent compared to the baseline. A financial incentive/bonus is added if the reduction is larger than required.

Klimatkalkyl uses generic data for construction materials. To use another data set for a specific construction material, an EPD according to EN 15804 is required. It is also proposed to use EPDs in smaller projects, where the use of EPDs to demonstrate climate impacts for key products will be expanded, e.g. for sleepers and rails for switches in 2018.

EPDs thus play a part in the national goal that Sweden shall be climate neutral 2045 at the latest.

 

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Jun

25, 2018

Development of PCR for packaging initiated

After approval of the proposal by the Technical Committee, a working group has started the development of a joint PCR for all packaging.

The PCR Committee consist of the ApE-PACKAGING WORKING GROUP (Università degli Studi di Milano - Department of Chemistry) and QUOTA SETTE Srl, but other stakeholders are encouraged to become involved in the preparation and in providing comments during the upcoming open consultation.

In a press release, the working group describes the reasoning as such:

 

Packaging is definitely a burning topic. The combination of different materials, the overpackaging of items mainly dictated by aesthetic considerations along with worries about the safety of some solutions, all play a crucial role on the scene. The logistics of returnable and reusable packaging is still to be fully explored and exploited in its real impacts on the use phase in combination with all the other aspects of its life cycle. Special concerns are raised by end-of-life different possibilities, from biodegradability to landfill or incineration, all of which have to be reported and assessed as for their impacts.

A certain proliferation of PCRs for single packaging product is occurring while, on the other hand, the market requires a reliable comparing methodology within a common playground of rules. Actually, producers and users ask for comparability among different packaging products.

As a final consideration, innovation in packaging runs at super high speed, therefore the UN CPC classification structure cannot be entirely consistent with the many different or new packages “popping up” on supermarket shelves, while some cherry picking description accompanied with detailed explanations is now required.

Within this context, this proposal serves as Product Category Rules (PCR) for packaging products. It aims to be the main way to develop and register EPDs in the International EPD System and it refers to the International ISO standard developed for packaging.

This document is developed through a multi-code (UN CPC codes) and multi-material approach. Its framework is based on packaging main functions, i.e. aproduct to be used for the containment, protection, handling, delivery, storage, transport and presentation of goods, from raw materials to processed goods, from the producer to the user or consumer, including processor, assembler or other intermediary (ISO Definition).

This PCR document will be developed with a modular approach as for the life cycle stages and the system boundaries definition. Technical characteristics relevant for any packaging purpose served as guidelines for defining the declared unit, extendable to functional unit in order to include intended use, use phase and end-of-life.

This allows the use of this PCR proposal for virtually all packaging products.

In the case of consumer packaging (packaging constituting, with its contents, a sales unit for the final user or consumer at the point of retail) this document is the foreground for EPDs for packaging products based on a functional unit, cradle-to-grave;

In the case of distribution packaging (packaging designed to contain one or more articles or packages, or bulk material, for the purposes of transport, handling and/or distribution), it originates EPDs for packaging products based on a declared unit, cradle-to-gate or cradle-to-gate with options.

In consideration of the encompassing nature of this PCR proposal, all existing PCRs for the packaging sector can remain potentially valid as stand-alone PCRs and they can be gradually made compliant with this PCR.

 

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Jun

18, 2018

Newsletter #3 2018

Newsletter

The EPD Newsletter #3 2018 was published last week, providing the latest news about EPD, PCR and related topics.

The newsletter is published 6-8 times per year. If you wish to subscribe, please go to this page, where you can also find an archive of previous newsletters.

Jun

11, 2018

Summer schedule of the Secretariat

The Secretariat will be closed for about three weeks during the summer period of 2018. For all questions about EPDs, PCRs or EPD registrations in July, please use info@environdec.com as the main contact.

From July 9th-July 27th, the office will be closed and your questions will be handled upon our return. If you have an EPD that is expected to be ready very close in time to this period, please contact the Secretariat in advance.

Jun

8, 2018

Recommendation for Water Scarcity Footprint calculations added

At their recent meeting, the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System decided on guidance related to how to calculate the Water Scarcity Footprint, a new environmental impact category introduced in the latest General Programme Instructions.

 

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Jun

4, 2018

Updated recommendation for Photochemical Oxidant Formation Potential

Following recent developments in consensus regarding impact category, the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System have decided to adopt a new impact model to assess potential impacts from Photochemical Oxidant Formation Potential. Instead of CML 2001, POCP (baseline), it is now recommended to use POFP from LOTOS-EUROS as applied in ReCiPe 2008.

These recommendations are updated on a regular basis based on the latest developments in LCA methodology and ensuring the market stability of EPDs. This update does not affect already-published EPDs and PCRs.

For construction product EPDs compliant with EN 15804, Table 3 in EN 15804 (“Parameters describing environmental impacts”) shall be applied in the PCR instead of the indicators listed above. Characterization factors are available in Annex C of the standard. In the ongoing revision on EN 15804, it is currently foreseen to update EN 15804 to match the recommendation of using LOTOS-EUROS as applied in ReCiPe 2008.

A transition period of three months (2018-09-01) will be applied in order for EPDs in progress to finish their verification without having to recalculate this indicator. For comparability across EPDs, it may be relevant to include both results in an EPD.

 

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May

28, 2018

General Programme Instructions now available in Portuguese

General Programme Instructions

The General Programme Instructions (GPI) version 3 are now available in Portuguese. This is the first time the GPI has been translated from the English version. The translation aims to improve the promotion of EPD in Brazil and Portuguese-speaking countries, but the English version takes precedence in case of any differences.

"Whereas the GPI forms the basis of the overall administration and operation of a programme for Type III environmental declarations according to ISO 14025, nothing more natural than making it available in Portuguese for Brazilian organizations.", says Felipe Coelho at EPD Brasil.

EPD Brasil -- the regional hub of the International EPD® System in Brazil – was responsible for the Portuguese version. The role of the regional hub is to provide technical and commercial support to organizations that intend to develop and register environmental declarations and provide relevant documents in Portuguese.

For further information, please contact the Secretariat or regional hub Brazil.

  

Instruções gerais do programa estão disponíveis em Português

Já está disponível a versão 3 das Instruções Gerais do Programa (IGP) em português, esta é a primeira vez em que este documento é traduzido para outro idioma. A tradução visa fomentar a disseminação das EPDs no Brasil e em países lusófonos. No entanto, no caso de discrepância, a versão em Inglês tem precedência.

"Visto o documento Instruções Gerais do Programa representa a base para a administração global e a operação de programas de declarações ambientais de Tipo III em conformidade com a ISO 14025, nada mais natural que disponibilizá-lo em português para organizações brasileiras.", diz Felipe Coelho do EPD Brasil.

O polo regional Brasil, EPD Brasil, foi responsável pela versão em Português. Isto se enquadra no papel de polo regional – oferecer suporte técnico e comercial às organizações que desejam desenvolver e registrar declarações ambientais e fornecer os documentos relevantes em português.

Para maiores informações, entre em contato com a Secretaria ou o polo regional Brasil.