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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.


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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.



7, 2016

EPDs from companies in 31 countries now registered

EPD world map

A new milestone was recently achieved in the geographical scope of the International EPD System. There are now EPDs from companies in 31 countries available in the EPD database. The two most recent additions are Brazil, Croatia and Lithuana with the EPDs from companies Votorantim Cimentos, RZV d.o.o and UAB Scandia Steel Baltic.

EPD registrations for most countries is handled by the International Secretariat. For the markets of the Czech Republic, Australia/New Zealand and Mexico/Chile, the system has partnered with local organisations to establish of local environmental declaration programmes, based on and fully aligned with the International EPD® System.

All EPDs may be found by browsing by category or by searching by name, company name or key words in the EPD Search.


4, 2016

Australasian EPD case study: Kingspan Insulated Panels

Kingspan EPD

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

They spoke to Dr. Mark Tatum, Technical Manager to understand the motivation for developing their EPDs and why they decided to register their EPDs with the Australasian EPD Programme.

"We saw that the Australasian EPD Programme had top-tier companies that we respected. We knew we’d be in good company and we’d have an EPD with international recognition. We also realised the Australasian EPD offers third party assessments, is comprehensive and unambiguous and this means we have been evaluated by the most demanding criteria available."

Download the Case Study at the Australasian EPD Programme website to find out more about Kingspan’s experience and their advise about developing EPDs.



27, 2016

MoU between the International EPD® System and PEP ecopassport

MoU between the International EPD® System and PEP ecopassport

The International EPD® system is very pleased  to announce the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with PEP ecopassport® to develop collaboration between both EPD programs.

The International EPD® System and PEP ecopassport® are both environmental product declaration program operators in Europe, interested in the promotion of type III Environmental Product Declaration in compliance with ISO 14025.

The collaboration between the two programs should allow, in the field of Electrical, Electronic and Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning-Refrigeration (HVAC-R) products aims at examining:

  • The recognition of existing Product Category Rules (PCRs) and possible future co-development,
  • The recognition of verification schemes,
  • The recognition of EPD from both programs,
  • The possibility to register EPDs in each Program Operator database,
  • The possibility to collaborate within standardization working groups and other scheme development initiatives.

PEP ecopassport website


16, 2016

Mutual recognition agreement between EPD Norge and the International EPD® System

Mutual recognition agreement between EPD Norge and the International EPD® System

EPD International AB and the the Norwegian EPD Foundation has signed an agreement of mutual recognition between EPDs developed in their respective EPD programmes.

This agreement will entitle companies with a verified EPD in either programme to additionally use the logo from the other programme, incorporating the EPD to their registry and website, based on the equivalence of the verification procedures between these program operators.

"We are very happy to have signed this mutual recognition agreement with the Norwegian EPD Foundation. The Norwegian programme was established already in 2002 and we have had a lot of contact through the years. As we already have a number of companies that already have registered EPDs in both programmes this agreement will be of benefit for them and other companies that are interested in dual registration," says Joakim Thornéus at the Secretariat of the International EPD® System.

For more information, please contact the Secretariat.


13, 2016

Case study: Bombardier

A new case study has been published, providing insights on how Bombardier uses EPD in communication and in ecodesign.

Do you have ideas for future EPD case studies? Please contact the Secretariat.


10, 2016

MAPEI finalise their EPD Process Certification

MAPEI S.p.A. has become the latest company to get an EPD Process Certification, meaning that their internal processes to produce EPDs have been quality assured by an external certification body. MAPEI is an Italian company manufacturing construction products such as adhesives, sealants and other chemical products for building industry, with 67 production plants and 79 subsidiaries all over the world, 18 R&D laboratories and 9000 employees. Most locations are ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 or EMAS-certified.

Mapei’s traditional care of product sustainability has been focused for the last two years on fighting against “green washing”, trying to measure and communicate in a more transparent way their performances in the environmental sustainability. A special corporate function has been created to assess the environmental impacts across the whole life cycle of products.

In 2013 Mapei joined the “Call for the Analysis of the Carbon Footprint during the Life Cycle of Consumer Goods”, promoted by the Italian Ministry of the Environment. This experience made MAPEI aware of the importance of LCA study, in order to measure and reduce the impacts of their products on the environment.

Nowadays the interest to sustainability is growing faster and faster, leading to several environmental assessment programs for green buildings such as LEED and BREEAM.

“A certified document such as EPD on our construction products is today a must for transparent communication to stakeholders.” says Mikaela Decio at MAPEI.  

“For 2 years in our HQ in Milan we got the software and the competences to make the LCA of our products by ourselves” says Roberto Leoni at MAPEI “now, with the EPD process certification we can verify and improve our environmental performances during the whole life cycle of our products. We think EPD is an important tool for avoiding the green-washing: it’s a measured, verified and certified report for communication to all stakeholders.”

The EPD Process Certification is one of the features of the International EPD® System to allow companies to make the process to create EPDs more efficient and enable the creation of EPDs at a large scale. More information is available in the link below.


3, 2016

Summer schedule at the Secretariat

Photo: Johan Hansson, Flickr (Licence: CC BY 2.0)

The Secretariat will be closed for about three weeks during the (northern hemisphere) summer period of 2016. For any questions the EPD System, EPDs, PCRs or EPD registrations, please use the following contacts:

Dates Main contact, all topics
July 2nd - July 8th joakim@environdec.com
July 9th - July 31st Secretariat closed
August 1st - August 12th kristian@environdec.com

If you have an EPD that is expected to be ready very close in time to this period, please contact the Secretariat in advance.


1, 2016

Scientific paper investigates the use of EPDs to achieve LEED® credits

An interesting scientific paper by M.D.C. Gelowitz and J.J. McArhur was recently presented at the International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction (ICSDEC 2016). The paper investigates a case of using EPDs in getting the two applicable LEED® credits for a new buliding in Canada.

The paper oulines both benefits of using EPDs and a few concerns of the three main stakeholder groups: Owner/client, Designer and Contractor. Both the Designer and Contractor indicated they would work with EPDs in the future on LEED® projects.

The paper is available as open access via http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877705816300182.

Full reference: M.D.C. Gelowitz and J.J. McArhur, 2016. Investigating the effect of environmental product declaration adoption in LEED® on the construction industry. Procedia Engineering 145, pp. 58-65. Available online at www.sciencedirect.com.