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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.


28, 2018

EPDs included at conference on carbon reduction of Swedish infrastructure projects


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.




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.




18, 2018

Newsletter #3 2018


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.


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.


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.




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.




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.


25, 2018

Update of Privacy and Cookie policy

We are reviewing and updating our privacy and cookie policy and have recently updated the general terms of use.

For subscribers to the newsletter, we have sent you a note requesting you to confirm that you wish to receive future newsletters. Please click the link in the e-mail or subscribe to the newsletter on this page if you with to receive further newsletters.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat.


17, 2018

Webinar about Environmental Product Declarations (May 30th)

Webinar about Environmental Product Declarations (May 30th)

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.

In a free webinar, receive detailed information about the advantages of an EPD from EPD International AB and thinkstep.


May 30, 2pm-3pm CET



Sebastian Welling, EPD Expert / Project manager, EPD International

Robert Spang, Senior Consultant / Solution Sales Manager, thinkstep


Cost: This webinar is free!

Register here


7, 2018

EPD from 40 countries published

EPD map

Saint-Gobain Gyproc SA have published two EPD of their RHINOBOARD products. With this addition to the database, there are now EPD from companies and organisations in 40 different countries published at www.environdec.com.




2, 2018

Updated FAQ on PEF after final conference

Last week, the final conference of the pilot phase for the Environmental Footprint initiative and a first stakeholder workshop on policy were held in Brussels. We were present at the events listening to presentations and giving input for further use of the method in European policy and for harmonization with existing methods and initiatives.

An updated FAQ has been published answering how the International EPD® System related to PEF. A recording of the event is available via the European Commission website, where further documentation will also be published.

PEF and its further use after the end of the pilot phase is also expected as one of the key topics and the next EPD International Stakeholder Conference.




25, 2018

The International EPD® System launches a new database with digital EPD data

Examples of machine-readable EPDs

This Wednesday, the International EPD® System launches a new data base with digital, machine-readable EPD-information. Machine-readable EPD-information is stored in a file format that can be used for different applications and will open new ways to make use of the communication of the environmental performance of products.

All digitalized data is linked to the EPDs published in the International EPD® System and therefore enables communication of environmental impacts of products in a quantitative, credible, comparable and understandable way based on an established communication format.

The transformation of EPD-information into the machine-readable format will broaden the opportunities for the application of EPD information in areas, such as public procurement, building assessment tools and other environmental calculation tools.

"The rapid global development of systems for EPD is mainly a response to the increased market need for LCA-based product-related environmental information", says Sven-Olof Ryding, senior advisor at EPD International AB. "Interpreting and bench-marking of EPD-information is sometimes considered to be difficult as it covers all relevant environmental aspects of a product in a life-cycle perspective as they are presented in pdf-formats. The possibility to access digitalized EPD data from the International EPD® System is a giant leap forward for future use in several market-based applications demanding science-based, verified and comparable information about the environmental performance of products."

Following developments in the International Open Data Network for Sustainable Building (InData), the structure and format of the data is aligned with the format discussions in the InData network. The InData initiative is based on already existing instruments, and standards. It thus uses the so called ILCD+EPD data format. The ILCD data format, developed by the European Commission’s DG JRC, is widely used in the LCA context. Extensions had to be added to integrate EPD specific information (e.g. scenarios, modules, type of data). The chosen format offers a high flexibility, which allows for the adaption of related specific national requirements or changes in the underlying standards (e. g. amendments M350 of EN 15804) in future.

"In the national digitalizing project Smart Built Environment will combine the digital EPD with Q metadata that will be another potential add-on to increase the use of EPD and especially in public procurement", says Martin Erlandsson, LCA Business Development Manager and Senior Researcher at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. "To support the suggested mandatory Climate declaration for all new buildings in Sweden, we have designed a tool (BM1.0) that will make use of digital EPD that then can replace the default data used and to support environmental improvements."


More information about machine-readable EPDs


18, 2018

Updated templates for EPD

Updated templates for EPD

Updates templates for EPD of both construction products (EN 15804) and non-construction products have been published. They are aligned with version 3.0 of the General Programme Instructions and are intended as best practice.

The use of these templates are voluntary as the the International EPD® System includes the requirements for the EPD reporting format in terms of contents, while allowing flexibility in the formatting and layout. The EPD will always need to include the prescribed information from the reference PCR and the General Programme Instructions.




17, 2018

Website backend updated


The backend to www.environdec.com has been updated using the latest versions of the database and software. The look of the website may be the same, but we hope you will find it faster to find the information you are looking for.

If you find any missing information or broken links, please contact the Secretariat.

If you have a user account on the website, you may need to reset the password or re-create your account to be able to login to download PCRs and comment on the forum.