4, 2013

Recommended characterisation factors

In life cycle assessment, characterisation factors are used during the impact assessment phase to transform data on emissions to potential environmental impacts.

In the new General Programme Instructions - published in June 2013 - there is no longer a fixed list of characterisation factors to use as the basis for EPDs. The list is instead published here on the website so that it may be corrected or updated whenever needed.

The main changes in the recommendations compared to the previous version of the General Programme Instructions are:

  • The latest IPCC information is used for assessment of global warming potential of greenhouse gases (100 year perspective) shall be used,
  • Acidification shall be calculated without the use of an inherent fate-modelling since this is specific to where the emission takes place.

Characterisation factors used shall be specified in the EPD®. New PCRs shall refer to www.environdec.com for recommended characterisation factors.


2, 2013

ISO publishes 14067 as technical specification

The International Organization for Standardization has developed a technical specification for calculating carbon footprint emissions of products: ISO/TS 14067:2013.

The document contains all relevant elements of a standard, that is, principles, standards and guidance. The document is now launched after a process of five years. ISO chose to publish the document as a so-called "technical specification" document. This is a fairly common way to manage documents that are not mature enough to be published as a standard.

“The document was controversial right from the first draft”, says Lars Jonsson, advisor on sustainability communication to the International EPD® System and a member of the Swedish group who participated in the ISO process.

With its recently published update of the General Programme Instructions, the International EPD® System reaffirms its aim to to give organisations the possibility to publish information about the carbon footprint of their products according to the new technical specification.


1, 2013

PCR updated: Road transport services of freight of food products and meals

PCR 2005:15

The Product Category Rule (PCR) document "Road transport services of freight of food products and meals" (PCR 2005:15) has been updated to version 3.0. This PCR was formally known as "Logistic service applied to meal delivering in catering" and covers a subset of UN CPC 6511.

The PCR was developed by CE.Si.S.P. (Centre for the Development of Product Sustainability) in co-operation with SOTRAL, LCA-lab, Quanta Stock and Go s.r.l..

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

Read more about this PCR


27, 2013

PCR initiated: Metal goods, not elsewhere classified

The development of a new PCR has been initiated in the International EPD® System: Metal goods, not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.). The PCR will cover UN CPC subclass 42999. (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cr/registry/regcs.asp?Cl=25&Lg=1&Co=42999)

The open consultation is expected to start 2013-08-20 (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, Marcel Gómez.


26, 2013

PCR published: Corrugated paper and paperboard

PCR Corrugated paper and paperboard

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document has been published in the International EPD® System, covering UN CPC 32151 Corrugated paper and paperboard.

The PCR was developed by TÜV Rheinland Energy and Environment GmbH (Testing, Inspection and Certification Company) in Cooperation with Prowell GmbH & Co. KG.

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

Read more and download this PCR


25, 2013

Sustainable platform for EU building sector officially launched

ECO Platform is a newly launched EU initiative to strengthen sustainability work of eleven member states in the field of construction. Founding President is Sven-Olof Ryding, also founder of the International EPD® System.

"ECO Platform may strengthen the European construction industry in becoming more competitive in a global market that demands sustainable production," says Sven-Olof Ryding, Founding President of the ECO Platform, and Managing Director at the Swedish Environmental Management Council, the programme operator of the International EPD® System.

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 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 organisation was officially established at a meeting in Brussels recently as part of the EU-wide trade association CEMPC in Brussels (now called CPE - Construction Product Europe).

For more information about the ECO Platform, please contact Sven-Olof Ryding, Founding President, sven-olof@msr.se or Christian Donath, Managing Director, donath@consulting-donath.de

For more information about the international activities of the International EPD® System, please contact the Secretariat at info@environdec.com.


20, 2013

Call for PCR moderators to update expired PCRs to new Programme Instructions

Following publication of the new General Programme Instructions, existing PCRs will be updated to comply with these new rules as they go through the updating phase.

For PCRs that are about to expire or have already expired, the Secretariat would like to make a call for existing PCR moderators to initiate an update to comply with the new rules. Please contact the Secretariat to announce the update on www.environdec.com.

If a PCR does not have an appointed PCR Moderator, any interested party may send a request to the Secretariat to take on this task (pcr@environdec.com).


13, 2013

First product category rules according to new programme instructions

First product category rules according to new programme instructions

Three new PCRs have been published. They are the first PCRs to comply with the new General programme instructions 2.0.

More information is available on each PCR page:

  • Grain mill products
  • Arable crops
  • Table olives



13, 2013

New programme instructions

General Programme Instructions 2.0

The General Programme Instructions for the International EPD® System, which include a framework for publishing environmental declarations, have  been updated. The previous version was published in 2008 and developments in the field have pushed for an updated version.

Learn more about the General Programme Instructions 2.0



12, 2013

Presentations from the EPD Conference now available

The presentations from the EPD Conference on June 4th in Bologna, Italy, are available here.


27, 2013

Possibility to express interest in PCR product categories

Last year, 19 PCRs were published in the International EPD® System and another 27 are currently being developed. The PCRs are categorized into the following general product categories (click to see a list of PCR in each category):

Agriculture, forestry and fishery products
Ores, minerales, stone, etc
Energy and water
Food and beverages, etc
Textile, leather and furniture, etc
Wood and paper
Rubber, plastics, glass and, chemicals
Machinery, appliances and other equipment
Transport equipment and services
Constructions, construction products and construction services

Many organizations working with LCA and EPDs are more interested in certain product categories than others, which is why the International EPD® System offers a way to stay up to date on new PCRs being available for open consultation.

Contact the Secretariat at pcr@environdec.com and express what product categories you are interested in. You will then be added to the e-mail list that receives all invitations for open consultations within that product category. As all assistance provided by the Secretariat in PCR development, this is a completely free service.


16, 2013

New employee at the Secretariat

Kristian Jelse has joined the secretariat of the International EPD System. Kristian will coordinate and manage the PCR development within the EPD System. Kristian previously worked as a LCA consultant and researcher. Kristian can be contacted on kristian@environdec.com.


21, 2013

EPD Stakeholder conference 2013

EPD Stakeholder conference 2013

The International EPD® System invites you to the second stakeholder conference, June 4th in Bologna, Italy.

Details about the conference are available here: http://www.environdec.com

For more information please contact Massimo Marino, massimo@environdec.com or Joakim Thornéus, joakim@environdec.com.

Read about last years conference here.


21, 2013

New EPDs from Sulzer

New EPDs from Sulzer

Sulzer has issued eight new EPDs for various pumps and mixers/agitators. '

Read the EPDs:


19, 2013

Updated EPD from Axpo

Wildegg-Brugg run-of-river Power Plant

Axpo has updated the EPD for electricity from Wildegg-Brugg run-of-river Power Plant. The declared product is 1 kilowatt hour (kWh) net electricity generated in Wildegg-Brugg run-of-river power plant and thereafter distributed to a customer connected to the Axpo network during the reference year 2011/2012.


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