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3, 2015

Using EPDs in public procurement

Image: [c] Sebastien Wiertz. License: CC BY 2.0

EPDs can be an useful tool in green public procurement and ISO 14025 states that one of the applications of environmental declarations is procurement. However, so far it is not common to use EPDs in public procurement although there is a great potential.

We have updated the website with more information on how EPDs can be used in public procurement. If you have comments, questions or want to share experiences, please contact the secretariat info@environdec.com .


3, 2015

PCR for Passenger Commercial Aeroplanes published


Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of Passenger Commercial Aeroplanes have now been published in the International EPD® System.

The development of the PCR was led by Bombardier Aerospace according to 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 Technical Committee as the appointed review panel.

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



1, 2015

Summer schedule at the Secretariat

Photo: Johan Hansson, Flickr (Licence: CC BY 2.0)

The Secretariat will be closed for about three weeks during the summer period of 2015. For any questions the EPD System, EPDs, PCRs or EPD registrations, please use the following contacts:

Dates Main contact, all topics
June 29th - July 10th kristian@environdec.com
July 13th - July 31st Secretariat closed
August 3rd - August 7th joakim@environdec.com

If you have an EPD that is expected to be ready very close in time to this period, please contact the Secretariat.


29, 2015

Updated PCR for bakery products published

Bakery products

The Product Category Rules (PCR) for Bakery products version 2.0 have now been published. The new version is now available for verification, registration and publications of EPD according to ISO 14025 in the International EPD® System.

This PCR is one of the most used by companies for brands such as Kungsörnen, Pan di Stelle, Harry's and Wasabröd.

The work to update the PCR was led by Paola Borla at Life Cycle Engineering as PCR Moderator. The draft was available for two months open consultation at www.environdec.com, and reviewed by the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System before publication


25, 2015

Meeting with the Beijing helpdesk

Meeting with the Beijing helpdesk

The International EPD System recently launched a Beijing helpdesk to offer local support, answering questions regarding EPD, etc. We met with Xu Min at the Beijing helpdesk to talk about current EPD activities in China.


21, 2015

Save the date: EPD International Stakeholder Conference on August 30th

Image: [c] Geoffroy Groult. License: CC BY 2.0

The EPD International Stakeholder Conference 2015 will take place in Bordeaux, France, on Sunday August 30th 2015. Following successful events in Bologna and Stockholm, 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.

Save the date in your calendar. More information, and the possibility to register for the event, to come soon.


15, 2015

Seminar on life cycle based requirements in public procurement

Participants from municipalities, companies and authorities took part in a seminar on May 6 in Stockholm, Sweden. The seminar was jointly arranged by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and the International EPD® System and focused on lifecycle-based environmental requirements in public procurement.

At the seminar, the EU's new directive on public procurement directive was discussed. The new directive has clarified the possibility of using environmental requirements with a lifecycle perspective. 

"It is very gratifying that the interest is so great for lifecycle-based environmental requirements in public procurement," says Sven-Olof Ryding, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

The Swedish companies Riksbyggen and SCA presented how they work with the life cycle perspective in their environmental management. The Swedish Transport Administration and the Stockholm County Council talked about how they use lifecycle requirements in their procurement activities. Common to all was that they called for more challenging requirements that rewarded the products had the least environmental impact in a life cycle perspective.


12, 2015

General Programme Instructions v2.5 published

General Programme Instructions

A new version of the General Programme Instructions has now been published: Version 2.5 (date: 2015-05-11). The new version replaces version 2.01, but existing PCR and EPD documents remain valid. The new version of the programme instructions is expected to be adopted gradually into new PCRs when they are updated.

The new version contains many small improvements, including:

  • Introduction added
  • Updated organisational structure, e.g. name of programme operator, Steering Committee replaced with International Advisory Board and Member organisations changed to members of stakeholder network
  • Information about EPD certificate updated
  • Role of pre-certification as an option during development of new PCRs clarified
  • Added section on how to provide feedback on published EPDs and other documents
  • Document checked to strive for full compliance with EN 15804:2012+A1:2013, and added information on when the standard overrules other instructions in the programme instructions.
  • Clarification on compliance with ISO/TC 14067
  • Further alignment of PCR process with the Guidance for PCR development (2013), e.g. in PCR Committee and what stakeholders to consider to invite to the process
  • Recommendation to include a flow chart in EPD added
  • Allowed use of regional LCIA methods as a complement to the default methods
  • Section of Use of resources revisited
  • New indicator added: radioactive waste
  • General competence requirements for verifiers added
  • EPD validity
  • Requirements to include similar products in the same EPD expanded
  • Changed name of "Other generic data" to "proxy data"
  • Clarified that specifica data for electricity mix shall be used for upstream processes, if available
  • Updated requirements on EPD Process Certification based on experience from companies using this option

The new version was available for open consultation for eight weeks before its publication. The Secretariat would like to thank the following stakeholders for their input on the draft:

  • 3M Company
  • Australasian EPD Programme
  • BillerudKorsnäs
  • CTME
  • Ecoinnovazione
  • Tecnalia R&I Certificacion
  • Tetra Pak
  • thinkstep
  • TU Berlin


8, 2015

Mutual Recognition agreement between AENOR and the International EPD® System

EPD International and the Spanish Association of Standardization and Certification (AENOR) has signed an agreement of mutual recognition between EPDs developed in their respective EPD programmes. This agreement is the result of the work following the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Madrid by these the organizations in 2013.

This agreement will entitle companies with a verified EPD in either programme to additionally use the logo from the other programme, incorporating the EPD to their registry and website, based on the equivalence of the verification procedures between these program operators. The agreement is intended to any manufacturer worldwide.

The goal of this agreement is to facilitate product exports and the international activities of the companies. In addition, it could enhance the competitiveness of organizations as it includes key information, verified by an independent third party, regarding the environmental performance of products. One of the advantages for companies is the cost and time reduction to obtain other European marks.

EPD contains standardized environmental information of products. EPD are environmental footprints developed according to the International Standard ISO 14025, which establishes the requirements to properly develop these Declarations, using indicators such as global warming (emission of greenhouse gases), depletion of the ozone layer, use of resources (water, fuel or electricity) and waste, among others.

For more information, please contact the Secretariat.



27, 2015

Conference on LCA, EPD and carbon footprint held in Madrid


Last 8th of April a conference was held on Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental Product Declarations and calculation of Carbon Footprint, organized by the Consejería de Economía y Hacienda through its Dirección General de Industria, Energía y Minas and the Fundación de la Energía de la Comunidad de Madrid. This conference is intended to continue the path initiated through the events held throughout 2014 on this subject, where the importance of communicating and reduce the impact of products, services and companies objectively and rigorously has been highlighted.

The conference was inaugurated by the General Director of Industry, Energy and Mines, Carlos López Jimeno, who encouraged representatives of private sector companies in the room to continue contributing ideas and proposals that make Madrid an international model in matters concerning measures to help improve energy saving and efficiency in the region, such as the tools presented during the day, which can enhance the competitiveness of enterprises by improving their performance and sustainability.

After this brief opening, interventions of the speakers started. Thus, Grao de Sarriá of Marcel Gómez Consultoria Ambiental conducted a review of the evolution of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) in the Spanish and the international markets, by reviewing the definition and applications of Life Cycle Assessment and how it is has been introduced gradually as a tool for increasing product’s value in the market.

Meanwhile, Aitor Aragón of AENOR, gave his opinion on which are the motivations of companies to conduct an EPD, demonstrating the importance of verified EPDs specially by the robustness represented by the certifying entity and especially for ensure recognition of the declaration at the international level.

From Green Building Council of Spain assisted Manuel Macias, who spoke on EPDs and its value in environmental certification of buildings LEED and VERDE, followed by Miguel García as representative of CEPCO, who made a brief but intense intervention, making a legislative review and indicating that type III environmental declarations are the best tool for comprehensive environmental information products emphasizing that all environmental information has to be included in an EPD, and these must be easily recognizable among different management systems available.

After this first session of presentations, a discussion was about the difficulty of comparing construction products using for this only their EPDs generated. End user needs to compare similar products for their decision making, and EPDs are being used for this purpose. Speakers explained to the assistants to the conference that EPDs are valid to compare functional units of product under strict conditions, following the same standards and methodology. 

The session after the break focused on how different business sectors are facing the implementation of EPDs. Nicolás Bermejo from ISOVER SAINT-GOBAIN, made a new and entertaining review of the concepts of the main theme of the day. Arturo Alarcón of IECA and Eugenio García from Sostenibilidad Siderúrgica done so in the cement and steel sectors, respectively. Antonio Burgueño from FCC followed, with the evaluation of sustainability in civil engineering. Antonio pointed that EPDs is not a product evaluation tool because he argues is complex and subjective, but they are a way to normalize and standardize the information that is available in a common and transparent language.

The session ended with the intervention of Rocío Fernández from ACCIONA, presenting their experiences regarding the implementation of measures quantifying and communicating sustainability in civil engineering, in which she outlined that EPDs, together with LCA, are communication tools that can be used to learn and improve business processes.

The hall, which seats for 140 people, was almost full with representatives of companies from various sectors, demonstrating the growing interest in this subject. Highlighting the delivery to attendees of the Guide on Environmental Product Declaration and Carbon Footprint Calculation edited by the Comunidad de Madrid, which counts among its authors with several of the speakers of the session.

Text for this news bulletin was kindly provided by Marcel Gómez Consultoria Ambiental.


10, 2015

Call for new moderator for PCR of wine

PCR for wine

Update 2015-04-15: An update of this PCR has now been initiated. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the PCR Moderator.

Wine is an interesting potential sector for EPDs. There are currently three companies that have published EPDs for their wine, but there has been more interest for the product category.

The Product Category Rules for wine are about to expire in April 2015, why an update must be initiated to be able to register EPDs for the category in the future. Any stakeholder who is interested in taking on the task as PCR Moderator as welcome to contact the Secretariat.


25, 2015

Voluntary EPD template available

EPD template

Due to popular demand, the Secretariat has prepared a template for EPDs that may be used as a starting point when creating EPDs in the International EPD® System. The template is voluntary to use, as companies may want to use their own branding of the EPD documents.

The template is generic, and the requirements on EPD contents in the PCR shall always be fulfilled. This version of the template is primarily aimed at non-construction products as the requirements from the standard EN 15804 have not been incorporated.

The template is intended as a living document, so check if you are using the latest version. Any comments on the template are very welcome to be submitted to the Secretariat at info@environdec.com.


16, 2015

Reminder: Open consultation of v2.5 of General Programme Instructions


There is now one week left to comment on the draft version 2.5 of the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD® System (2015-03-23).

The update was initiated to fulfill the latest developments in the market for environmental declarations, standardisation and LCA methodology. To ensure credibility and as required by ISO 14025, the General Programme Instructions are subject to open consultation before being published.


11, 2015

Call for PCR Moderators to update expired PCRs: Passenger vehicles, Fridges, Washing machines, etc.

PCR Washing machine

Most of the Product Category Rules (PCR) available in the PCR library of the International EPD System consists of up-to-date and valid PCRs. These are documents that can be used by any company to develop, verify and register EPDs for their products.

There are, however, a few PCRs that remain untouched since their expiration several years ago, such as:

  • Passenger vehicles
  • Household refrigeration appliances
  • Washing machines and dishwashers for household use
  • Electric wire and cables

As there is much potential to produce EPDs of these product categories, the Secretariat would very much like to see them updated and available to be used to produce EPDs again. The updated process could use these existing documents as starting points for some methodological aspects, but the new PCRs shall be compliant with the latest General Programme Instructions and the latest PCR template.

As the interest for EPDs and thus PCRs have grown a lot since the original development of these documents, a key role of the PCR Moderator is to find stakeholders in the industry who is interested in discussing and drafting updated PCRs for the product category.

Any company, industry association or other stakeholder who is willing to take on the role of PCR Moderator any for these documents is kindly requested to contact the Secretariat (pcr@environdec.com).

Update 2015-03-12: The PCR for seats is now being updated with a new PCR Moderator, and the document was thus removed from the list in this news bulletin.


3, 2015

Updated PCR for Construction products and construction services


The often-used Product Category Rules (PCR) for Construction products and construction services have now been published in a new version. Version 2.0 of the PCR is now available for verification, registration and publications of EPD according to ISO 14025 and EN 15804 in the International EPD® System.

This document serves as the main implementation of the European standard EN 15804:2012+A1:2013 in the International EPD® System. Other stand-alone PCRs relevant to construction products and services available at www.environdec.com may or may not be aligned with EN 15804 due to their age, scope of product category or geographical area of applicability.

The work to update the PCR was led by Martin Erlandsson at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute as the PCR Moderator. The draft was available for two months open consultation at www.environdec.com, and reviewed by the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System before publication.