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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.


27, 2014

Product Category Rules for Buildings published

PCR 2014:02 Buildings

Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of buildings have now been published in the International EPD System. The document is applicable for the European context, and aims towards compliance with the European standards:

  • EN 15804 (Sustainability of construction works - Environmental product declarations - Core rules for the product category of construction products), and
  • EN 15978 (Sustainability of construction works - Assessment of environmental performance of buildings - Calculation method).

The development of the PCR was led by Ulf Wiklund at Tyréns 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 buildings in a transparent and comparable way.


24, 2014

COOP Italia publishes the first EPD® for beef and veal meat

COOP Italia EPDs for beef and veal meat

COOP Italia has as the first company produced and published EPD®s for beef and veal meat. The EPDs declares in a transparent way the resource use and environmental impacts that arises from the life cycle of 1 kg of bone-free meat at the shelf of a retailer in Italy. The document also includes a scenario for the cold storage and cooking of the meat in an Italian home.

The EPDs were developed with the technical support of Studio LCE, based on the Product Category Rules (PCR) for "Meat of mammals" that were published in 2013. The EPD document and the underlying life cycle assessment study was verified by an approved individual verifier to ensure that the rules and standards were followed.

The EPD library of the International EPD® System now contains a wide range of food items, such as burgers, pasta, flour, pastries, fruits, olive oil and dairy products, from companies wishing to be transparent of the environmental impact of their products.


18, 2014

New EPD for wine

New EPD for wine

The Italian wine producer Feudi San Gregorio have issued an EPD for their wine Pietracalda Fiano di Avellino. Although there have been EPDs for wine earlier, this is the first EPD for wine according to the PCR 2010:02, Wine of fresh grapes, except sparkling wine; grape must.

The EPD describes the environmental performance from the wine, from the activities on the wineyard, through the wine production and distribution of the product and end-of-life of the packaging.

Read the EPD


18, 2014

PCR for Home and SOHO Gateway presented at Intelec 2013 conference

During the “Intelec 2013” Conference, held in Copenhagen on October 2013, Telecom Italia and Politecnico di Torino presented an article describing LCA and EPD related activities on Telecom Italia commercial products used in the context of the operator’s broadband services.

The 2011 LCA study of a Telecom Italia Home Gateway was described, as performed by means of primary data collection and information from literature for all the stages of the life cycle of the product (cradle to grave approach). This approach allowed to calculate the whole environmental burden of “one modem unit” life cycle by means of a data collection performed in collaboration with Telecom Italia and ADB Broadband. The analysis took into account the manufacturing operations and all the supply chains considered significant for the study.

The analysis was developed according to the ISO Standards 14040, ISO 14044 and the International EPD® System General Programme Instructions (GPI, 2013) and it was performed by means a customized software for Life Cycle Assessment calculations. A Product Category Rules (PCR) document, developed (in cooperation with Zyxel) for the home gateway product category and taking into account the GPI, has been developed and then presented at the Conference; the aim was to enable the publication of a certified EPD providing details on the product’s environmental performance in a life cycle perspective. The resulting Home and SOHO Gateways PCR document replaced PCR 2005:02 Media Gateway (expired in 2008) and PCR ADSL (Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line Customer Premises Equipment, expired in 2010). The actual PCR document was developed referring to the ETSI TS 103 199: "Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of ICT equipment, networks and services", version 1.1.1, dated 2011-11.

During the presentations the advantages of the EPD adoption and the next steps for elaborating such a document for Telecom Italia home gateways on the basis of the LCA analysis were also shown.

The presentation was generally well received by the audience: a few questions have been received on the potential complexity of the analysis behind the EPD elaboration, but the availability of a guideline for this category of products has been appreciated. As well, some discussion has been held on the need for adopting a “light” approach to LCA analysis, restricting the scope to the necessary sub-phases of the life cycle and optimising the ratio between time/costs of the analysis and image advantages related to the publication of the EPD. It was also underlined that performing LCA analysis and elaborating an EPD contributes to the overall efficiency as it allows identifying environmental improvements for next generations of products also corresponding to cost reductions