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Mar

20, 2018

CEN PCRs for Concrete and Cement adopted

PCR Construction products

Two new PCR standards, developed within CEN to complement the EN 15804 standard, have now been adoted via sub-PCRs in the International EPD® System:

  • Sub-PCR-G Concrete and concrete elements (EN 16757)
  • Sub-PCR-H Cement and building limes (EN 16908)

These sub-PCRs do not add any additional methodological requirements, but simply refer to each European standard. They will replace the existing PCRs for Cement and Concrete that have until now been used to develop and publish EPDs for these product groups. The development of the previous PCR for concrete was developed by WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI).

 “The CSI issued the new concrete PCR to fully align with European and international standards, providing consistent and comparable rules for our members and for the whole sector to release EPDs.

This new EPD allows for great flexibility, depending on the final use. A functional unit, subject to application of the product in the construction work, or the reporting unit can be chosen. In terms of life cycle stages , reporting could cover the whole life cycle of concrete as well as selected relevant life stages,” says Cristiana Ciaraldi Jolivet at WBCSD CSI.

 

The two sub-PCRs are now available for any company wishing to declare an EPD for these product categories in the International EPD® System.

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Mar

6, 2018

EPD on the agenda at the 6th Brazilian Conference on Life Cycle Management – GCV2018

GCV2018

The Brazilian Conference on Life Cycle Management is organized by the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (IBICT) in collaboration with the Brazilian Life Cycle Association (ABCV) and cooperation of the University of São Carlos (UFSCar). In 2018 the event will take place in Brasilia.

GCV2018 (June 17, 18, 19 and 20) arrives in its sixth edition, discussing the theme “Management of Technological Information for Sustainability” and consolidating itself as a fundamental event on the subject in Brazil. In addition to the academic approach, the event will also address the business uses of LCA.

The Conference will promote debates around themes such as ecodesign, circular economy, organization life cycle management, environmental labeling, life cycle inventories, among other topics and will bring together professors, researchers, professionals and students who already work or are interested in the topic of life cycle management.

Environmental declarations will be discussed throughout the conference, including plenary sessions and presentations. EPD Brasil by Fundação Vanzolini is the regional hub of the International EPD System, since 2017, and is a member of the Technical Committee of the Conference.The International EPD® System also has a regional hub in Mexico and Chile since 2015 that works with other countries in the Region through the Latin American LCA Network (RICV).

 

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Mar

2, 2018

PCRs for Floor coverings and Wood construction products adopted

Last year, the terminology for construction products was updated and the decision was taken to adopt the “PCR standards” related to EN 15804 developed by CEN Product Technical Committees.

The first two such PCR standards have now been published as sub-PCRs to PCR 2012:01 Construction products and construction services:

These sub-PCRs do not add any additional methodological requirements, but simply refer to each standard. They are now available for any company wishing to declare an EPD for these product categories in the International EPD® System.

Feb

27, 2018

ACCIONA Energía publish EPD of electricity from solar power

EPD

ACCIONA Energía has published an EPD for Electricity generated in photovoltaic power plant El Romero Solar 196 MW. The plant is located in the Atacama desert in Chile and has a real area of 2.8 million square meters.

The EPD describes the environmental impact from production of raw materials, construction, operation and the future end-of-life. It was verified by Tecnalia R&I Certifcación, S.L.

This is the first EPD of solar power published in the International EPD System, where there previously are company-specific EPDs published for electricity from wind power, hydro power and nuclear power.

 

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Feb

16, 2018

Filmop International update EPD using Italian standard UNI 11698

Filmop International update EPD using Italian standard UNI 11698

Filmop International has published an updated version of their EPD for cleaning trolley. In the update, the company has chosen to use the Italian standard UNI 11698:2017* to calculate and display uncertainty values arising from life cycle inventory data on the indicators as presented in the EPD. The standard provides requirements and guidelines for the estimation, reporting and use of the uncertainty of LCA.

Information about the draft standard was presented at the EPD International Stakeholder Conference in Milan 2016, but this is the first known case where it has been applied for an EPD in the International EPD® System after the publication of the standard in 2017.

“EPDs are all about being transparent of the environmental impact of products and of how the results are calculated.  I look forward to seeing how this Italian standard is used in practice to enable further and better use of LCA and EPD in different applications,” says Kristian Jelse, Programme manager of the International EPD® System.

The results and the EPD were verified by RINA Services S.p.A.

 

* UNI 11698:2017  Environmental Management of Products - Estimation, reporting and use of the uncertainty of Life Cycle Assessment results - Requirements and guidelines

Feb

2, 2018

First certification body in the USA accredited for EPD process certification

Epsten Group has become the first US certification body to become accredited to perform EPD process certification and to offer such services connected to the International EPD® System. The accreditation was performed by A2LA.

"The International EPD System has quickly become a highly-sought after and recognizable global platform for environmental product declarations, and Epsten Group, Inc., is excited to be the first certification body in the United States accredited to the GPI scheme with the ability to have our clients’ products registered with the organization", says Lauren M. Wallace Director of Certifications and Consulting at Epsten Group

EPD process certification is the verification of an internal organisational process aimed to develop EPDs based on the General Programme Instructions and valid reference PCRs covered under the scope of certification. It can be a cost-effective way for companies wishing to create many EPDs.

 

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Edit 2018-02-06: Added quote.

Jan

25, 2018

Product Category Rules for Buildings updated

PCR 2014:02 Buildings

The Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of buildings have now been updated in the International EPD System. The document is an interesting application of EPD as it enables the calculation and publication of EPD at the building level rather than the individual construction products. It is also the first PCR that attempts to comply with the recently-published version 3.0 of the General Programme Instructions.

The PCR was originally published in 2014. The update 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 once again available for any company to voluntarily develop and publish information on the life cycle environment impact of buildings in a transparent and comparable way.

Dec

19, 2017

General Programme Instructions version 3.0 published

General Programme Instructions version 3.0

Version 3 of the General Programme Instructions (GPI) has been published, setting a new set of rules for operation and management of the International EPD® System according to ISO 14025.

The update was made to stay relevant and up-to-date following developments in methodology, standardisation, research and applications of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD). They enable organisations in any country to communicate the environmental impacts of their products in a quantitative, credible, comparable and understandable way based on international standards.

New features

Some of the new features of the new GPI are:

  • New EPDs for all product categories will now have a 5 year validity, if they are based on a PCR that has been updated
  • The EPD format is now aligned with best practices, and further alignment of environmental information between construction products and non-construction products
  • Product Category Rules (PCR) contents and development process aligned with the latest standards and practices
  • Updates to LCA methodology and indicators
  • A procedure for approval of pre-verified EPD tools has been added
  • Many editorial changes for consistency and clarity

Transition period

A transition period will be applied to allow a smooth transition to the new rules:

  • The publication of the new version of the GPI does not affect the validity of already-published EPDs, which will remain published with the same validity date as before. Surveillance of EPDs during their validity is based on the same version of the PCR and GPI that was used for the verification of the current valid EPD.
  • If a valid PCR based on version 3.x of the GPI does not exist, EPDs may be published and updated based on valid PCRs that are based on version 2.x of the GPI during the transition period.
  • Version 3.0 of the GPI will be implemented step-by-step into existing PCRs when they are due for update, or during their validity.
  • PCRs that are currently under development should be aligned with the new programme instructions. Exceptions are allowed for cases where the development is already far progressed. The Secretariat and Technical Committee are currently updating the PCR Basic Modules to act as a template for new and updated PCRs.

The transition period will last for at least 18 months, and the end of the transition period will be announced six months before it ends.

Work has also started to update the website, templates, etc., which will be introduced gradually.

 

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Dec

5, 2017

Revised fees from January 2018

On January 1st 2018, the registration fee structure will be revised slightly to make it more simplified and to further encourage organisation to register more than one EPD.

The annual fees for 2018 will remain the same as previously. A separate registration fee will be introduced for registration of Sector EPDs, and the fee for the voluntary option of creating a climate declaration has been revised.

EPD registration fee from a single company (from January 2018):

Number of EPDs registered at the same time Registration fee (one-time fee)
1 €1 500
2 €2 500
3 €3 000
4 €3 200
5 or more €750 per EPD

 Registration of a Sector EPD (from January 2018):

Number of Sector EPDs registered at the same time Total registration fee
1 €3 000

Climate declaration fee (from January 2018):

Create and publish a Climate Declaration based on the EPD €300 per Climate declaration

These fees apply to EPD registrations from organisations in all countries except in those countries where EPD registration is handled via a regional partner (currently: Australia, Brazil, Chile, India, Mexico, New Zealand and Turkey).

For questions, please contact the Secretariat.

Nov

13, 2017

AKU Italia registers first EPD for footwear

Bellamont Plus EPD

AKU Italia has become the first company to register the first EPD® of footwear in the International EPD® System. The EPD declares the environmental impacts of one pair of Bellamont Plus over their life cycle including:

  • Preparation of the raw and semi-finished materials (leather, fabrics, insoles, laces, etc.)
  • Production of the shoe (cutting, sewing, assembly, etc.)
  • Distribution, use and end-of-life

 The EPD® has undergone third party verification by RINA Services, and checked against the Product Category Rules (PCR) for leather footwear. The EPD was produced by Aequilibria di Pernigotti Daniele.

Oct

30, 2017

First EPD® registration from Bulgaria in the International EPD® System

EPD map

ETEM Bulgaria S.A. has become the first company to register Environmental Product Declarations from Bulgaria in the International EPD® System. The EPDs transparently declares the environmental impacts of aluminium profiles based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The EPD was verified by approved independent verifier Vladimír Kočí.

With the addition of an EPD from Bulgaria, there are now EPDs registered in 37 countries in the International EPD® System.

Oct

26, 2017

Brochures available in Spanish, German and Italian

Spanish, German and Brochures in Spanish, German and Italian is now available for download

The brochure Introducing the International EPD®System, has now been translated into Spanish, German and Italian is now available for download. The folder describes the basic principles of Environmental Product Declarations and the International EPD® System. The brochure is already available in English, Swedish and Chinese.

The following languages are now available:

- English

- Chinese (汉语)

- Swedish (Svenska)

- Italian (Italiano)

- Swedish (Svenska)

- Spanish (Español)

- German (Deutsch)

Oct

23, 2017

New case study: Kerakoll

Kerakoll

A new EPD case study has been published, for the company Kerakoll. They are a leading manufacturer of materials and services in the applied chemical sector for building applications

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Oct

4, 2017

ECO Platform formulates an updated strategy

ECO Platform logotype

At the board meeting last week, the ECO Platform decided on an updated strategy for the year to come. The new mission statement of ECO Platform is:

To contribute to and support the provision of scientifically-sound, quality-assured and verified information of a European-wide accepted core-EPD for construction products by being widely visible and recognized as the benchmark for EPD Programme Operators in Europe.

The International EPD® System is a founding member of the ECO Platform to collaborate with other programme operators for alignment with EN 15804. The International EPD® System is one of the approved programmes to use the ECO Platform logotype on its EPDs for construction products compliant with EN 15804.

 

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Sep

27, 2017

Presentation from the 5th EPD International Stakeholder Conference now available

Stakeholder conference

The 5th EPD International Stakeholder Conference was held on September 20th in London, UK. The conference welcomed more than 50 EPD stakeholders from 12 countries.

This year's presentations and panel discussions focused on two main themes:

Some key items that were discussed were:
The new version of the General Programme Instructions were officially launched.
The idea of “net of PCRs” was introduced for the food sector to increase coordination of methodological issues across PCRs. 
Some key items that were discussed were:
The new version of the General Programme Instructions were officially launched.
The idea of “net of PCRs” was introduced for the food sector to increase coordination of methodological issues across PCRs. 
Interesting EPD case studies were presented by companies such as Coop Italia, Barilla and BYK Chemie.
Important feedback was given on what the International EPD System should focus on going forward. Summarized by Massimo Marino, chairman of the Technical Committee, they were realiability, governance, harmonization between different systems and communication.
  • Machine-readable EPDs and their potential applications
  • International harmonization efforts for LCA-based declarations

Presentations and photos from the event are now available here.