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19, 2013

Results from the 2013 EPD Stakeholders and PCR Moderators surveys

EPD Stakeholders - Ranking of six key characteristics of the programme

The results from the 2013 EPD Stakeholders and PCR Moderators surveys are in. In total, 56 responses were submitted from stakeholders in industry, consultants, government and universities/institutes.

Key results, EPD Stakeholders:

The EPD Stakeholders participating in the study were happy with the support given by the Secretariat (mean: 4.0 out of five) during the EPD process. Getting information via the website or by contacting the Secretariat was OK but we still see room for improvement (3.7 and 3.8). Among those that had participated in one of the EPD Stakeholder conferences in Bologna or Stockholm, they were very pleased with the two events (4.2).

The EPD stakeholders were also asked to provide feedback on six key characteristics of the International EPD® System from “do not agree” (1) to “fully agree” (5). The results are displayed in the picture and show that the system is viewed as very credible and transparent, while there is still room for improvement in the cost-effectiveness of LCA-based declarations.

Key results, PCR Moderators:

The PCR Moderators were happy (mean: 4.0) with the existence of PCR Basic Modules, serving as starting points/templates for PCR development. The Basic Modules were recently updated to comply with the latest programme instructions, which should make them even more useful.

The support from the Secretariat during the PCR Process had room for improvement (mean: 3.7). With the quite recent introduction of a PCR Project Manager at the Secretariat as well as the pilot network of PCRs for food, we hope to have started the process in improving this service.

According the results of the survey, the weakest link of the PCR Process appears to be the comments from other stakeholders. They are not always seen as useful (mean: 3.2) when coming from those not very familiar with the EPD concept or with the semblance of lobbying. The Secretariat is working with broadening the stakeholder involvement in the open consultation. For example by making it possible to receive all PCR consultation within a certain product group.

The Secretariat would like to direct a warm thank you to those who participated in the survey, and will use the results to further improve its practices and communication. We hope that you will see the ongoing improvements, and are always happy to receive feedback via info@environdec.com.


4, 2013

EPD posters and presentations at SETAC Case Study Symposium

The International EPD® System will be present at the SETAC Europe 19th LCA Case Study Symposium. The event will take place in Rome, Italy on November 11-13, 2013 and is expected to gather some of the leading experts in the field of life cycle assessment and life cycle management.

Kristian Jelse at the Secretariat and members of the Technical Committee will present or co-author posters or presentations related to EPDs:

  • Presentation: Experiences from 15 years of PCR management in the International EPD® System. Jelse, Kristian; Del Borghi, Adriana; Kara, Hüdai; Lindfors, Lars-Gunnar; Marino, Massimo; Peña, Claudia; Schenk, Rita; Setterwall, Caroline; Thornéus, Joakim
  • Presentation: Towards the Sustainability Product Declaration for pasta. Ruini , Luca; Marino, Massimo; Sessa, Filippo
  • Presentation: Product Carbon Footprint Standards: analysis and comparison. Case study: Barilla dry durum semolina pasta. Filareto , Assunta;   Ruini, Luca (Presenting author);   Marino, Massimo;   Sessa, Filippo
  • Poster: Communicating LCA results in a reliable way: the case of the food industry. Del Borghi Prof, Adriana; Gallo, Michela; Strazza, Carlo; Crudele, Pietro


25, 2013

PCR Basic Modules updated

The 41 PCR Basic Modules have now been updated to align with the latest version of the General Programme Instructions and other recent developments. They are available for download here on www.environdec.com.

PCR Basic Modules are defined on the two-digit level of the UN CPC classification system, e.g. 01 or 02. They do not constitute PCRs in themselves, but are instead intended as a starting point for development of PCRs that are defined at the three, four or five digit level of the UN CPC classification. Deviations of LCA methodology compared to the PCR Basic Modules is allowed, but should be highlighted in the document.

A new feature is also that the documents are available for download directly in word format instead of as PDF. Our hope is that this will enable the documents to be used even more easily as templates in the preparation of PCRs by the PCR Moderators together with other stakeholders.

If you have any questions regarding the PCR Basic Modules, please contact the Secretariat at pcr@environdec.com.


24, 2013

PCR initiated: Electrical transformers

The development of a new PCR has been initiated in the International EPD® System: Electrical transformers The PCR will cover UN CPC subclass 46121 and replace the expired PCR for Liquid- or gas-filled and dry type transformers (PCR 2000:6).

The open consultation is expected to start in the end of December 2013 (subject to change).

Any stakeholders interested in contributing in the preparation of this PCR or to be notified of the start of the open consultation may contact the PCR Moderator, Sylva Arnell at ABB.


21, 2013

PCRs for railways and road/street/highways published

PCRs for railways and roads/streets/highways published

Two new Product Category Rule (PCR) documents have been published for infrastructure in the International EPD® System:

The PCRs were developed by the Swedish Transport Administration, with contributions from The Norwegian National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket), The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen), WSP Sverige AB, MiSA AS, Tyréns and Asplan VIAK AS. The PCRs have also been subject to open consultation on www.environdec.com.

The PCRs may now be used to create and register certified Environmental Product Declarations in the International EPD® System.



15, 2013

Two valid PCRs to be updated to latest programme instructions

Two currently valid PCRs are currently being updated to align with the latest General Programme Instructions:

The validity of the documents will remain the same after the update, and the update will not affect the certification period of already-published EPDs.

An e-mail has been sent to industry stakeholders to inform of this coming update. Any feedback from stakeholders is kindly requested before October 29th.


11, 2013

JRC announces the selected pilots for Product Environmental Footprint

The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) has announced what pilots have been accepted to develop the first Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs). Out of 90 applications spanning many different product areas, 13 were selected and will begin their work in late 2013 or summer 2014.

The spirit of ISO 14025 and the PEF Guide is that existing Product Category Rules (PCRs) and LCA guidelines should be used as far as possible instead of developing contradictory guidelines and requirements.

As several of the product categories selected for the pilots are already covered by PCRs in the International EPD® System, we will connect with the contact persons for the pilots to make sure that they are aware of these PCRs. When the PEFCR pilots finish in 2015/2016, any action needed to align the documents will be discussed with the relevant PCR Moderators.

Awaiting the results of the pilots in Europe, the International EPD® System exists today as voluntary and credible way for companies to communicate the environmental performance of their products on the global markets. The system is open to any type of goods and services, and there is already about 120 PCR documents available to download on www.environdec.com, and 30 more currently under development in an industry-driven open processes.


9, 2013

ECO Platform launch event held in Brussels

On September 24th, the ECO Platform launch event was held in Brussels. ECO Platform is intended to strengthen sustainability work in the field of construction.

According to a new EU directive for the construction industry (CPD - Construction Product Directive) and a new European standard - EN 15804 - the companies in the construction sector must provide comparable environmental information. Information on product sustainability performance is used e.g. in public procurement.

ECO Platform is not an Environmental Declarations Programme Operator itself, but it has the objective to ensure that information about a product's environmental and sustainability performance complies with the new EU standard to avoid possible trade disputes.

The International EPD® System is one of the eleven founding organisations of the platform and works to align with the common understanding of technical issues, quality management and communication of environmental declarations of construction products.


3, 2013

PCR development checklist

The Secretariat has developed a checklist for development of Product Category Rules (PCR) that may be used by PCR Moderators in contacts with the Secretariat. The document is intended to guide the PCR Moderator in the process to develop a PCR within the scope of the International EPD® System, and serve as an archived document of the PCR development.

The document gives guidance on information to provide during all phases of PCR development:

  • Before announcement on www.environdec.com (filled in by the PCR Moderator)
  • Before open consultation (filled in by the PCR Moderator)
  • Before review (guidance on the separate documentation required)
  • Before publication (filled in by the Secretariat)

The use of the document is currently not a strict requirement, but a recommendation.


26, 2013

New registration fees from January 2014

In January 2014, the fee for registering EPDs the International EPD® System will be modified for the first time since the launch of the system. The fees are in place to cover the costs for managing the International EPD® System including the global marketing of organisations having EPDs and the EPD® concept, support for PCR development, maintaining the EPD and PCR libraries and other costs for the Secretariat.

The new price list has been designed to give additional incentive for organisations to register multiple EPDs at the same time:

Number of EPDs registered at the same time Total registration fee Corresponding registration fee per EPD
1 €1 500 €1 500
2 €2 500 €1 250
3 €3 000 €1 000
4 €3 000 €750
5 €3 500 €700
6 €3 900 €650
7 €4 200 €600
8 €4 400 €550
9 €4 500 €500
≥10 €450 per EPD €450

The annual fees remain the same as before, but a new lower price tier will be added for micro organisations (1-10 employees). The annual fee for these companies will be only €500, effective immidiately, to encourage micro companies to become more active in the field of EPDs.


26, 2013

Introducing the Network of PCRs for food pilot

Network of PCRs for food

Product Category Rules (PCR) are classified according to UN CPC codes. As the number of CPC codes (and thus the potential number of PCRs) is very large, it has been identified as additional work is needed to align different PCRs with similar upstream system. The International EPD System is therefore testing a pilot for PCRs for food.

Filippo Sessa at Life Cycle Engineering will act as PCR coordinator for food PCRs during the pilot phase and assist the Secretariat in aligning new and updated PCRs for food.


25, 2013

One more missing PCR Basic Module initiated

The development of a new PCR Basic Module has been initiated by the Secretariat of the International EPD® System:

The reason for this development is that there is a demand of PCRs for underlying CPC codes of these product divisions (PCRs for raw milk and for hen eggs).

Since July, the development of four other PCR Basic Modules is led by the Secretariat.

Any stakeholder that wishes to be notified of the start of the open consultation, are kindly requested to contact the Secretariat at pcr@environdec.com.


About PCR Basic Modules

In order to harmonise the LCA methodology of related PCR, and to simplify the development of PCRs, the International EPD® System introduced the concept of "PCR Basic Modules". PCR Basic Modules are used as guidance documents/templates when developing PCRs, but do not constitute PCR documents in themselves.

PCR Basic Modules are defined on the two-digit level of the UN CPC system. Over the years, the International EPD® System has developed PCR Basic Modules for more than 40 two-digit CPC codes.

Today, there are PCR Basic Modules covering everything from "Products of agriculture, horticulture and market gardening" (UN CPC 01) to "Telecommunications services" (UN CPC 84). These have in turn been used as the basis when developing PCRs for product categories such as "Kiwi fruits" (UN CPC 01342) and "Online text based information, On-line books and ebooks" (UN CPC 8431).


20, 2013

PCR Published: Waste water collection and treatment services

PCR Waste water collection and treatment services

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document has been published in the International EPD® System: Waste water collection and treatment services (UN CPC 9411 and 9423). This PCR replaces the expired PCR 2005:05 Collecting and Treatment Service of Municipal Wastewater (MWW).

The PCR was developed by CE.Si.S.P. (Centre for the Development of Product Sustainability) and DICCA (Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering), University of Genova, Italy. The PCR has also been suject to open consultation on www.environdec.com.

The PCR may now be used to create and register certified Environmental Product Declarations in the International EPD® System.


20, 2013

PCR Updated: Nonwovens for other purposes than clothing

PCR Nonwovens for other purposes than clothing

The Product Category Rule (PCR) document "Nonwovens for other purposes than clothing" (PCR 2010:10) has been updated to version 2.0. This PCR covers the UN CPC code 27922 (nonwovens) for applications other than clothing. For nonwovens for clothing, protective clothing and upholstery, there is a separate PCR available (PCR 2011:06).

This previously-expired PCR may now once again be used to create and register certified Environmental Product Declarations in the International EPD® System for this product category.



18, 2013

PCR Published: Refined sugar from sugar beet

PCR Refined sugar from sugar beet

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document has been published in the International EPD® System: Refined sugar from sugar beet (UN CPC 23520).

The PCR was developed by Ecoinnovazione srl, Eridania Sadam Spa and ENEA. The PCR has also been suject to open consultation on www.environdec.com.

The PCR may now be used to create and register certified Environmental Product Declarations in the International EPD® System.