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26, 2009

A new PCR covering Rail Transports

The Swedish railway project "The Botna Line" have developed a PCR for the assessment of environmental performance of Rail Transport and Railway Infrastructure within the EPD®system framework. The PCR describe how to perform the underlying Life Cycle Assessment and other environmental assessments for the development of an EPD according to ISO 14025 and ISO 14040. The PCR is developed in cooperation with the Swedish Rail Administration and Linköping University.

The Bothnia Line is the biggest railway project of modern times in Sweden. It is a single-track railway being laid from along the coastline in Northern Sweden. The Bothnia Line will link together a highly productive region, where a series of significant industrial locations are all situated along the Swedish coastline. This new link will mean efficient transport of freight and the halving of travelling times for passengers. This new railway will be 190 km long, with 143 bridges and 25 km of tunnels.


21, 2009

International cooperation on PCR development

The International EPD®system continues its work developing ready-made PCR-modules with the intent to finalise and publish such documents for a majority of relevant product categories by mid-Autumn 2009. Draft documents for a number of new PCR modules for open consultation are available at the website.

The current work with standardisation of carbon footprint of organisations and products within the framework of World Resources Institute (WRI) and ISO have resulted in a demand for developing harmonised PCRs. The International EPD®system has identified an increased interest from different countries and institutions to take part in its PCR development work, e.g from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affaires (Defra) in the UK and New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Food for PCRs to be applicable for products in the food sector.

The International EPD®system welcomes any party wanting to join the efforts to develop PCRs – please contact Joakim Thornéus or Sven-Olof Ryding.


17, 2009

Open consultation on process certification clarification (PCC)

In the General Programme Instructions - chapter 4.7, Internal Verification (EPD process certification), is described an activity where organisations can develop and launch EPDs without a third party certifier being involved in each case. The PCC clarifies how companies shall apply a systemised manner and specifically the demands that need to be verified by a third party verifier. The draft for the PCC is written by Göran Brohammer, Extracon AB, Sweden. Questions on the document can be sent to info@extracon.se.

As the International EPD®system builds on stakeholder involvement we are happy to receive comments on the document. The document is on open consultation until September 1st 2009. Please send your comments on the document to info@environdec.com.


27, 2009

Carbon Footprint vs Climate Declaration: two tools in comparison

An article by researches at the University of Genova compares the two tools, carbon footprints and climate declarations.


24, 2009

New website on Climate Declarations

An increasing attention on climate change has driven the demand for new ways to provide information on products and services climate impact. Purchasers and consumers are asking for information to make climate conscious purchase decision.

The international EPD®system have introduced the concept of "single-issue EPDs", as a digest of an entire EPD with the ambition to adjust the information into a simpler format in order to better meet to various market and customer requirements.

The climate declarations is one type of “single issue” EPDs. The International EPD®system offers all organisations that have registered an EPD a climate declaration for the same product.


17, 2008

EPD Statistics: the effect of the international EPD®system

The recent rearrangement of the EPD organisation with the launch of the international EPD®system leads to a wide change in the EPD distribution by Countries and sectors. This fact is mainly due to the new classification scheme for products categories based on CPC (Central Product Classification) scheme used for structuring PCRs into a hierarchic level based on a modular approach.