4, 2012

EPD Conference May 15 2012 - just a few places left

There is just a few places left on the International EPD System conference on May 15, 2012. Register now to secure a place! 


3, 2012

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19, 2012

PCR for fruits and nuts on open consultation

A new PCR for fruits and nuts is on open consultation until April 30. Please leave your comments on the PCR forum or to directly to the PCR moderator.


9, 2012

Updated EPDs from San Marco

Colorifico San Marco SpA, the italian producer of coatings and paintings have updated their three preregistered EPDs so that they now fullfil the PCR for paints, PCR 2010:18.


9, 2012

New PCR on wood particle and fibreboard


A new PCR on wood particle and fibreboard is now published. The PCR replaces an old PCR on wood particle board (2003:08). The PCR have been developed by the Spanish association ANFTA.


5, 2012

International conference on environmental declarations

Welcome to the first conference organized by the International EPD® System, The International EPD® System – Your partner for environmental communication, which will be held on 15 May, 9am-5pm, at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre.

The conference is aimed at all stakeholders in the system, particularly companies that develop environmental declarations, EPD®s, and organisational members worldwide. The program will include the new General Programme Instructions that are currently being drawn up, good examples of both international and small and medium sized companies working on environmental declarations, and guidelines on how an EPD® can be used in marketing and communications.

The all-day conference is free of charge and funded by the International EPD® System.

We are excited to welcome companies and organizations who develop or would like to develop environmental and climate declarations. Last year 60 new EPDs were registered by companies from all over the world, so our system is growing firmly, says Joakim Thornéus of the Secretariat of the International EPD® System.

The International EPD® System was established in Sweden in 1998 and has grown to include companies and organizations in dozens of countries in almost every continent. It is the only international framework for environmental declarations based on ISO14025. The system offers a complete program to develop and communicate a product's environmental and climate performance, based on life cycle assessments and environmental declarations.

For more information, to propose an idea for the conference or to register please contact Joakim Thornéus at the Secretariat of the International EPD® System at joakim@environdec.com.


2, 2012

Spanish El País refers to EPD

The largest newspaper in Spain, El País, refers to environmental declarations in its environmental blog Ecolaboratorio on 1st February. The article tells of the EPD of a bottle of 750 ml and of its carbon footprint of 158.2 grams of CO2. Spain recycles approximately 60 per cent of its glass, although some is exported. The blog post also debates the colour of bottles and whether it’s better to reuse or recycle them.



16, 2012

PCR for construction published

PCR for construction published

A PCR for Construction products and Construction services has been published. The new PCR for Construction products and Construction services was the first PCR to be published in 2012 after approval by the Technical Committee. This document will work both as a PCR in itself, but also as a PCR Basic Module for more specific PCRs.
The PCR is partly based on the draft European standard prEN 15804, with some exceptions in order to harmonize with the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD System. A revision of the document is already planned for 2012 when the final version of EN 15804 and the next version of the General Programme Instructions have been published. In the meantime, this PCR may be used to create EPDs for construction products and services within the International EPD System.


3, 2012

300th EPD now registered

About 300 EPDs have now been registered through the International EPD System. BYK-Chemie, a German company based in Wessel, received registration number S-P-00300. The EPD covers a defoamer used in the additives and instruments sector based on eco-friendly and sustainable raw materials.



2, 2012

Many new EPDs for bottled water

Coop Italia bottled water

Four companies have so far used the PCR for "Bottled water, not sweetened or flavoured".
The companies are all based in Italy – Cerelia, San Benedetto, COOP Italia as well as Ferrarelle.  


25, 2011

Growing number of PCRs

The demand for PCRs is growing, which is proved by the many new product categories on this website. PCRs are developed through a process where a PCR moderator is appointed. At this stage already available PCRs are considered. The next step is to seek cooperation with other interested parties in order to constitute a consultation group. When the PCR has been developed and agreed it is published online.

Our latest PCRs cover:

  • Fruit juices;
  • Pasta, cooked, stuffed or otherwise prepared; couscous;
  • Nonwovens for clothing, protective clothing and upholstery;
  • Vaccines for human or veterinary medicine; 
  • Detergents and washing preparations; 
  • Tiles, flagstones, bricks and similar articles of cement, concrete or artificial stone;  
  • Finished bovine leather; 
  • Absorbent hygiene products;
  • Water distribution through mains (except steam and hot water).

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28, 2011

EPD transport on the go

Transport is a growing area in the International EPD System with the PCR for rail vehicles now being used for the third time.

Spanish company CAF, which is running the Zaragoza tram, can now boast with the first EPD to be registered for a tram. However, the PCR for rail vehicles has been used twice before, in an EPD by transport companies Bombardier and for AnsaldoBreda's EPD on its Roman Metro.

CAF’s tram has been redesigned to improve maintenance ease and lightness, which reduces consumption of both resources and energy during its operating life.


1, 2011

General Programme Instructions to be reviewed

An open consultation on the programme instructions of the International EPD® System will take place later on this autumn. The Technical Committee is currently working on a draft proposal of the new instructions, which will be edited by the Secretariat. The previous rules (GPI 1.0) were published in 2008 and the new version (1.1) is expected to be a minor update. 

Our instructions need to be revised to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in LCA, the fast development in the field of PCR and for clarification purposes in general, says Kristian Jelse, Deputy Head of the International EPD System.

One area in need of updating is the characterization factors for global warming potential, GWP. The aim is also to strengthen the relationship between EPD and climate declarations.
The Technical Committee is responsible for reviewing new PCRs before publication, and to consider applications to become individual verifier. While awaiting the new GPI, the Technical Committee has decided to impose the following guidelines already today: 

  • The latest characterization factors for GWP 100 years from the IPCC should be used instead of Annex B in GPI 1.0.
  • Allocation based on physical relationships should be promoted in PCRs, and economic allocation should be avoided if possible.
  • Applicants who wish to become individual verifiers in the International EPD System will have to fulfill certain qualification criteria, such as minimum experience in the field of LCA as well as audit qualification attestation based on the ISO 19011 criteria.
  • The PCR Basic Modules will go through a review process by the Technical Committee to ensure compatibility with the new GPI. In the meantime the PCR moderator should view the Basic Modules as templates, not as strict rules for underlying PCRs. 

For further information about the GPI update, please contact the Secretariat at info@environdec.com.


24, 2011

EPD for recycled polyester

Italian company Freudenberg Politex chose to develop an EPD for its bituminous membranes made of recycled staple polyester. The products are manufactured using recycled raw materials. The production of one kilo of Texbond® R, a polyester fiber nonwovens, takes 1.2 kilo of post consume PET bottles. 84 per cent of the materials in this product are recycled, while the rest is glass, resins and additives.

The EPD shows that the main impact per manufactured kilogramme comes from the upstream processes, which e.g. includes processing the PET bottles. 


30, 2011

Roman metro dominated by use phase

Metro Roma C is an urban metro designed for passengers transport – and can now also boast with an EPD® certification.

The EPD® shows that the downstream use phase takes some 92 per cent of the total energy consumption of the train. In the hypothesis assumed in the simulation, Metro Roma C electricity consumption is 17.83 kWh per kilometre. In order to evaluate environmental impact in the downstream use phase Italian electric mix was adopted. The number of passengers used in the calculation corresponded to 1,204 and the load factor was 6.2.

The use phase has been modeled using simulating computation taking issues such as maximum speed, average speed, average slope of the run, maximum acceleration, loads, length of route as well as average number of runs per day and year into account.

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