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17, 2014

Happy Easter holidays!

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The Secretariat would like to wish you all a happy Easter holiday!

The office will be closed from Thursday April 17th and reopen on Tuesday April 22nd. On April 22-25th, Kristian Jelse (kristian@environdec.com) will be the contact person for all urgent matters.


16, 2014

New recommendation for PCR Moderators

PCR approval and publication phase

Developing Product Category Rules may be a long process, spanning several months, and involving many stakeholders. Besides the PCR Moderator, the draft document often involvs work performed by different stakeholders in preparing or commenting on the document, the Secretariat and the Technical Committee.

To avoid that any work is done for PCRs that in the end are never published, the Secretariat has issued a new recommendation for PCR Moderators for the Approval and Publication phase:

After comments have been provided by the Technical Committee (TC), it is recommended that the update of the draft PCR is done within one month of the comments provided by TC to avoid any draft PCR to become stalled in such a late phase of its development.

As before, PCR Moderators are encouraged to keep an active communication with the Secretariat during PCR development. This is key for spreading information to other stakeholders via www.environdec.com, the EPD Newsletter and through other channels.

Please contact Kristian Jelse, Project Manager PCR Library and PCR development, if you have any questions on PCR development.


9, 2014

Meeting with a PCR Moderator

George Michalopoulos

We met with George Michalopoulos at RodaxAgro, an experienced PCR Moderator in the International EPD® System, to talk about PCRs, EPDs and current EPD activities in Greece.


7, 2014

Read our latest newsletter (#4 2014)

It is a new month, and a new version of the International EPD® System has been sent to all subscribers. For non-subscribers, the newsletter may be downloaded in PDF format.


  • New statistics of EPDs published per product category
  • Lantmännen - "Sweden's most sustainable brand 2014"
  • Upcoming event: Sustainability certification of wine at Vinitaly conference
  • Case study: Analyzing hygiene pads
  • International EPD® System in social media
  • Newly registered EPDs
  • Latest PCR activity



4, 2014

Two new PCRs published

New PCRs

Two new PCRs have been published in the International EPD® System. The two documents are:

The PCRs are now available for any organisation to use to develop and register EPDs of their products.


3, 2014

Updated PCR for Virgin olive oil and its fractions published

PCR Virgin olive oil

The Product Category Rules (PCR) for virgin olive oil and its fractions have undergone a major update, and is now available once again.

The update of the PCR was led by George Michalopoulos at RodaxAgro Ltd 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 Technical Committee.

The former version of the PCR has been used by five different companies to produce EPDs of their products:

With the PCR now once again available, any company is welcome to voluntarily develop and publish information on the life cycle environment impact of their olive oil in a transparent and comparable way.


1, 2014

Lantmännen - "Sweden's most sustainable brand" 2014

Lantmännen logotype

The Swedish food, energy and agriculture company Lantmännen was recently awarded "Sweden's most sustainable brand" 2014 in the Sustainable Brand Index survey. The survey consisted of 9,000 consumers assessing how some of Sweden’s major brands performed in terms of environmental and social responsibility.

Lantmännen was one of the first companies to register Climate Declarations in the International EPD® System. In a comment to the Secretariat, Claes Johansson Head of Sustainable Development at Lantmännen writes:

It is gratifying that the consumers appreciate our long-term work with responsibility from field to fork. Transparency in the food chain is an important part of this. We have been working with Climate Declarations on a selection of our products and that has contributed to the spread of knowledge about the impact of the raw materials on the environmental impact of food products from a life cycle perspective. It is an important tool to drive improvements in the food sector. 

A big congratulations to Lantmännen from the International EPD® System!


1, 2014

PCR for professional cleaning services updated to comply with latest programme instructions

PCR Professional cleaning services

The Product Category Rules (PCR) document for professional cleaning services has now been updated to comply with the latest General Programme Instructions. The changes were minor why the document still has the same validity as before.

Since its first publication in May 2011, the PCR has been used by one copmany to publish an EPD of its services. With this update, we hope this PCR will be used to develop and register many more Environmental Product Declarations (EPD®) in the International EPD® System for communication to stakeholders on national or international markets.


31, 2014

New IPCC report published today

The Intergovenmental Panel on Climate Change has just released a new report from its second Working Group (WGII) entitled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.

The report is described in this way in the official press release:

[The report] details the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks. A total of 309 coordinating lead authors, lead authors, and review editors, drawn from 70 countries, were selected to produce the report. They enlisted the help of 436 contributing authors, and a total of 1,729 expert and government reviewers.

The full report or a summary for policymakers is available on the IPCC website.

The International EPD® System provides EPDs as credible way to give information on the climate impact from the declared product. Used correctly, we believe life cycle based information about goods and services is one of the tools that may reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their associated risks.

In the experience of the Secretariat, the carbon footprint of products is still the environmental aspect of an EPD of which most stakeholders are interested. With the registration of an EPD, containing all the relevant environmental aspects that may be quantified or described, the Secretariat offers the service of producing a one-page Climate Declaration at no additional cost. The option to receive a Climate Declaration is available in the registration form.


26, 2014

Case study: Analyzing hygiene pads

Case study: Analyzing hygiene pads

Serenity, an Italian producer of hygiene products such as pads, decided to step up from LCA to registered EPDs. This included analyzing life cycle aspects of more than half of its products in one go.


21, 2014

Two new EPDs for construction products

Two new EPDs for construction products

The Italian comany Beltrame has recently issued a certified EPD for merchant bars produced in two of their production plants in France and Italy. Another Italian company, Fresa Alluminio has issued an EPD for four of their windows profiles of aluminium. 

Read the EPDs:

Merchant bars from the Beltrame Group

Aluminium window profiles from Fresa Alluminio


18, 2014

New statistics of EPDs published per product category

EPDs published per category

After a revision of the product categories used to categorize EPDs and PCRs, an updated set of statistics have been produced. They show that the categories where most EPDs are currently published in the International EPD® System are:

  1. Food & agricultural products
  2. Construction products
  3. Machinery & equipment
  4. Wood & paper products (non-construction)

EPDs may be found by browsing per category:

  • Food & agricultural products
  • Construction products
  • Constructions & infrastructure
  • Electricity
  • Furniture & other goods
  • Textile & leather products
  • Machinery & equipment
  • Transport vehicles & equipment
  • Wood & paper products (non-construction)
  • Fuels & chemical products (non-construction)
  • Metal products (non-construction)
  • Services


12, 2014

Upcoming event: Sustainability certification of wine at Vinitaly conference

Upcoming event: Sustainability certification of wine at Vinitaly conference

The International EPD® System will be present at side-event to the Vinitaly conference in Verona on April 9th.

The side-event, organised by CCPB and Certiquality, will focus on different ways forward towards a sustainability declaration of wine. One of the invited guests is Massimo Marino, chair of the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System who will talk about EPDs from the point of view of a programme operator.


7, 2014

Read our latest newsletter (#3 2014)

The latest newsletter from the International EPD® System can be found here.


27, 2014

Case study: Top of Nordic electricity

Case study: Improving Nordic electricity

Vattenfall is still leading the league of EPD in Nordic electricity. It has five certified EPDs for electricity generated in the Nordic countries and the UK.