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14, 2016

Submit your abstracts regarding LCA, EPD and Public Procurement for LCM 2017 (extended deadline)

LCM 2017

The Secretariat will be represented as one of the chairs at a session at the LCM 2017 conference held in Luxembourg in September 2017. The topic of the session will be:

Using LCA and EPD in Public Procurement within the construction section

Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) have long been pointed to as tools to be used in green public procurement (GPP), but doing so in practice is challenging. How can such information be requested without breaking some of the general principles for public procurement, for example non-discrimination and transparency? EPDs are now widely used within the construction sector to provide environmental information; however using EPDs in GPP is still not common and there is a need to share experiences and practices. This session should include six shorter presentations providing different perspectives on this issue and feature a panel discussion.


The deadline for abstracts is open until January 15th. For more information and to submit an abstract, see the LCM 2017 website.



8, 2016

Secretariat open during most of December holidays

The EPD International Secretariat will remain open during most of the December holidays 2016.

If you plan to register and publish an EPD before the end of the year, please contact the Secretariat as early as possible.


2, 2016

Presentations from the 4th EPD International Stakeholder Conference now available

EPD International Stakeholder Conference

The 4th EPD International Stakeholder Conference was held on November 29th in Milan, Italy. The conference welcomed about 80 EPD stakeholders from 13 countries.

At the conference, the two main themes for presentation and discussion were EPD and Green Public Procurement and EPD and the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) initiative. The attendees also got the latest EPD news and an insight into how Saint-Gobain uses EPD globally.

Presentations and photos from the event are now available here.


14, 2016

Great interest for the upcoming EPD International Stakeholder Conference

There has been a great interest for the 4th EPD International Stakeholder Conference. Even after extending the maximum number of participants, the event is now fully booked.

It is still possible to sign up to be added to the waiting list for the event using the link on this page. We encourage you not book any travel, etc., until you have received a confirmation e-mail that you have been confirmed for the event.

"I am very happy to see this great interest for this year's conference. This really shows the growing interest for communicating life-cycle based information of products with EPD in Italy and around Europe", says Kristian Jelse, project manager at the Secretariat.

The 2016 EPD International Stakeholder Conference will take place in Milan, Italy and feature presentations and discussions focused on two main themes: EPD and Green Public Procurement and EPD and the European Product Environmental Footprint Initiative.



7, 2016

LEED v4 supercedes older version

As of 2016-10-31, version 4 of LEED is be the only version of the building certification scheme in which to register a new project. Since its launch in November 2013, a transition period has been running when both the older and newer versions of the scheme have been possible to use.

LEED v4 is relevant to EPD owners as it features two credits related to having product-specific declarations such as EPDs available and that demonstrates and impact reduction compared to an industry average.

According to the US Green Buliding Council, the scheme operators, these credits aim to promote: "the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts".



3, 2016

Call for scientific papers related to LCA and Circular Economy

Call for papers

In an upcoming special issue in the scientific Journal of Engineering, the theme will be “Life Cycle Assessment Approach Applied to Circular Economy”. The guest editors Professor M. Gallo, A. Del Borghi. R. Carlsson and L. Arcioni would like to invite the research community working with EPDs and LCA to submit their papers, as EPD may be considered as a valuable tool to support strategies for circular economy.

According to the editors, the expected contributions should aim to address how the practices in industrial engineering and Life Cycle Management could evolve in the context of circular economy. The deadline of submission of manuscripts is 2017-03-03.

More information is available at: www.hindawi.com/journals/JE/si/235482/cfp (link is no longer functioning).


27, 2016

EPD workshop held in Istanbul

EPD workshop

EPD Turkey arranged a side-event – an EPD workshop – in conjunction with the annual SBE16 Conference in Istanbul on October 13-15 entitled “Smart Metropoles – Integrated Solution for Sustainable and Smart Buildings and Cities”. EPD Turkey is the regional hub of the International EPD® System in Turkey.

The EPD workshop gathered some 50 participants representing different sectors of the building society in Turkey. The workshop was arranged with a panel initially giving their views on the value of EPDs in a broad market perspective. Panel members were:

  • İlker Kahraman, EPD Turkey
  • Selcuk Özdil, Turkish Green Building Council
  • Nils Larsson, ISBE
  • Hüdai Kara, Metsims Sustainability
  • Sven-Olof Ryding, International EPD® System

The workshop participants were very active in the following discussion session in plenum. Questions encompassed a variety of interesting subjects - from detailed aspects with regard to LCA methodologies focusing specifically on energy-related calculations to the overall market influence and acceptance of the increasing number of EPDs for different building products that now appear on the market.

At the end of the workshop EPD Turkey had arranged a ceremony with handing-over EPD certificates to Turkish companies that had registered EPDs in the International EPD® System via EPD Turkey.

For more information about the event please contact Dr. İlker Kahraman at EPD Turkey.


20, 2016

"ECO Platform EPD – A success story" held in Brussels

Photo: ECO Platform

The ECO Platform organised the event "ECO Platform EPD – A success story" in Brussels last week. The event gathered EPD and European construction industry stakeholders to reflect and discuss on the current progress and future developments.

As part of the event, a handover ceremony was held. Among the certificates that were given out, 13 EPDs from the International EPD® System were included.



18, 2016

Possibility to express interest in PCR product categories

Last year, nine PCRs were published in the International EPD® System and many more were updated.

The latest information is always available on the website, but the Secretariat offers another way to stay up to date on new PCRs being available for open consultation: stakeholders may sign up to be receive information about all invitations for open consultations. This may be done for all product categories or for selected product categories:

Food & agricultural products
Construction products
Constructions & infrastructure
Furniture & other goods
Textile & leather products
Machinery & equipment
Transport vehicles & equipment
Basic ores & minerals
Glass & plastic products (non-construction)
Wood & paper products (non-construction)
Fuels & chemical products (non-construction)
Metal products (non-construction)

Please contact the Secretariat if you wish to sign up to receive PCR information about a specific product category.


12, 2016

Australasian EPD case study: David Trubridge Ltd

The Australasian EPD Programme, the regional hub of the International EPD System in Australia and New Zealand, recently published a case study of David Trubridge Ltd and EPD.

In the case study, we learn about the background and development of the first EPD of David Trubridge Ltd. We also get their best adivice for other companies that are thinking of developing an EPD.

Download the Case Study at the Australasian EPD Programme website.



4, 2016

First EPD® registration from Russia in the International EPD® System

EPD map

Saint-Gobain ISOVER has become the first company to register an Environmental Product Declaration from Russia in the International EPD® System. The EPD® transparently declares the environmental impacts of glass wool thermal insulation based on a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) performed by Saint-Gobain Russia and Saint-Gobain France. The EPD was verified by approved independent verifier Matthias Schultz.

With the addition of an EPD from Russia, there are now EPDs registered in 32 countries in the International EPD® System.

Correction: A previous version of this news bulletin mentioned the wrong LCA practitioner.



27, 2016

Bombardier Aerospace publish first EPD of an aeroplane in the International EPD® System


The first EPD® of an aeroplane has been registered and published in the International EPD® System by Bombardier Aerospace. The EPD® declares the environmental impacts over the life cycle of the C Series CS100 Aircraft.

More information:


15, 2016

Upcoming event: "Construction Products EPD and ECO Platform, a successful European story" on October 6th

Upcoming event: "Construction Products EPD and ECO Platform, a successful European story" on October 6th

On October 6th, ECO Platform will organize an event in Brussels. From the agenda:

  • Learn more about the use of EPD in Green Building Schemes, in National regulative examples and how to fill the gap from national databases to Building LCA;
  • Take the chance to encounter the numerous industry advantages like increased visibility of EPD, reduced efforts and costs and internal improvements of processes and products by using and supporting the ECO Platform EPD and the ECO Platform;
  • Get a deep insight into the current policy and standardization activities on CEN and ISO level, especially on how to align the EPD standard with the PEF methodology and ECO Platform’s activities in this issue;
  • Support the idea of ECO Platform: Make your own ECO Platform EPD visible by taking part in the official EPD handover to underline the importance of the common format of ECO Platform EPD as a practical existing solution, which has become an industry standard all across Europe.

The International EPD® System (EPD International AB) 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.

Since 2014, the International EPD® System is an approved programme to approve the use of ECO Platform logotype on its EPDs for construction products compliant with the EN 15804 standard. Companies that have registered such an EPD in the International EPD® System are welcome to contact the Secretariat to participate in the EPD handover ceremony.



7, 2016

Registration now open - 4th EPD International Stakeholder Conference on November 29th

Following successful events in 2012, 2013 and 2015, the International EPD® System is happy to invite stakeholders from industry, consultants, academia and others interested working with Environmental Product Declarations to the 4th EPD International Stakeholder Conference.

The 4th EPD International Stakeholder Conference will take place in Milan, Italy, on November 29th 2016.

For further information and to register for the event, see www.environdec.com/epdconference2016.


Image: [c] dhub limited (www.dhub.com) / Flickr. License: CC BY 2.0


18, 2016

Australasian EPD case study: Asaleo Care


The Australasian EPD Programme, the regional hub of the International EPD System in Australia and New Zealand, recently published a case study of Asaleo Care and EPD.

In the case study, Asaleo Care sustainability manager Jane Mansfield talks about the benefits the company has seen as a result of its EPDs and how EPDs are helping Asaleo Care better meet their customers’ needs

Download the Case Study at the Australasian EPD Programme website.