Jun

18, 2018

Newsletter #3 2018

Newsletter

The EPD Newsletter #3 2018 was published last week, providing the latest news about EPD, PCR and related topics.

The newsletter is published 6-8 times per year. If you wish to subscribe, please go to this page, where you can also find an archive of previous newsletters.

Jun

11, 2018

Summer schedule of the Secretariat

The Secretariat will be closed for about three weeks during the summer period of 2018. For all questions about EPDs, PCRs or EPD registrations in July, please use info@environdec.com as the main contact.

From July 9th-July 27th, the office will be closed and your questions will be handled upon our return. If you have an EPD that is expected to be ready very close in time to this period, please contact the Secretariat in advance.

Jun

8, 2018

Recommendation for Water Scarcity Footprint calculations added

At their recent meeting, the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System decided on guidance related to how to calculate the Water Scarcity Footprint, a new environmental impact category introduced in the latest General Programme Instructions.

 

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Jun

4, 2018

Updated recommendation for Photochemical Oxidant Formation Potential

Following recent developments in consensus regarding impact category, the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System have decided to adopt a new impact model to assess potential impacts from Photochemical Oxidant Formation Potential. Instead of CML 2001, POCP (baseline), it is now recommended to use POFP from LOTOS-EUROS as applied in ReCiPe 2008.

These recommendations are updated on a regular basis based on the latest developments in LCA methodology and ensuring the market stability of EPDs. This update does not affect already-published EPDs and PCRs.

For construction product EPDs compliant with EN 15804, Table 3 in EN 15804 (“Parameters describing environmental impacts”) shall be applied in the PCR instead of the indicators listed above. Characterization factors are available in Annex C of the standard. In the ongoing revision on EN 15804, it is currently foreseen to update EN 15804 to match the recommendation of using LOTOS-EUROS as applied in ReCiPe 2008.

A transition period of three months (2018-09-01) will be applied in order for EPDs in progress to finish their verification without having to recalculate this indicator. For comparability across EPDs, it may be relevant to include both results in an EPD.

 

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May

28, 2018

General Programme Instructions now available in Portuguese

General Programme Instructions

The General Programme Instructions (GPI) version 3 are now available in Portuguese. This is the first time the GPI has been translated from the English version. The translation aims to improve the promotion of EPD in Brazil and Portuguese-speaking countries, but the English version takes precedence in case of any differences.

"Whereas the GPI forms the basis of the overall administration and operation of a programme for Type III environmental declarations according to ISO 14025, nothing more natural than making it available in Portuguese for Brazilian organizations.", says Felipe Coelho at EPD Brasil.

EPD Brasil -- the regional hub of the International EPD® System in Brazil – was responsible for the Portuguese version. The role of the regional hub is to provide technical and commercial support to organizations that intend to develop and register environmental declarations and provide relevant documents in Portuguese.

For further information, please contact the Secretariat or regional hub Brazil.

  

Instruções gerais do programa estão disponíveis em Português

Já está disponível a versão 3 das Instruções Gerais do Programa (IGP) em português, esta é a primeira vez em que este documento é traduzido para outro idioma. A tradução visa fomentar a disseminação das EPDs no Brasil e em países lusófonos. No entanto, no caso de discrepância, a versão em Inglês tem precedência.

"Visto o documento Instruções Gerais do Programa representa a base para a administração global e a operação de programas de declarações ambientais de Tipo III em conformidade com a ISO 14025, nada mais natural que disponibilizá-lo em português para organizações brasileiras.", diz Felipe Coelho do EPD Brasil.

O polo regional Brasil, EPD Brasil, foi responsável pela versão em Português. Isto se enquadra no papel de polo regional – oferecer suporte técnico e comercial às organizações que desejam desenvolver e registrar declarações ambientais e fornecer os documentos relevantes em português.

Para maiores informações, entre em contato com a Secretaria ou o polo regional Brasil.

May

25, 2018

Update of Privacy and Cookie policy

We are reviewing and updating our privacy and cookie policy and have recently updated the general terms of use.

For subscribers to the newsletter, we have sent you a note requesting you to confirm that you wish to receive future newsletters. Please click the link in the e-mail or subscribe to the newsletter on this page if you with to receive further newsletters.

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May

17, 2018

Webinar about Environmental Product Declarations (May 30th)

Webinar about Environmental Product Declarations (May 30th)

Secure advantages in the bidding process over your competitors with Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) product information. Life cycle assessment, which is calculated in the process of creating an EPD, allows you to identify areas of improvement in your environmental product footprint. The results of an LCA tell you what measures you can take to optimize your products and your business performance.

In a free webinar, receive detailed information about the advantages of an EPD from EPD International AB and thinkstep.

When:

May 30, 2pm-3pm CET

 

Speaker:

Sebastian Welling, EPD Expert / Project manager, EPD International

Robert Spang, Senior Consultant / Solution Sales Manager, thinkstep

 

Cost: This webinar is free!

Register here

May

7, 2018

EPD from 40 countries published

EPD map

Saint-Gobain Gyproc SA have published two EPD of their RHINOBOARD products. With this addition to the database, there are now EPD from companies and organisations in 40 different countries published at www.environdec.com.

 

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May

2, 2018

Updated FAQ on PEF after final conference

Last week, the final conference of the pilot phase for the Environmental Footprint initiative and a first stakeholder workshop on policy were held in Brussels. We were present at the events listening to presentations and giving input for further use of the method in European policy and for harmonization with existing methods and initiatives.

An updated FAQ has been published answering how the International EPD® System related to PEF. A recording of the event is available via the European Commission website, where further documentation will also be published.

PEF and its further use after the end of the pilot phase is also expected as one of the key topics and the next EPD International Stakeholder Conference.

 

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Apr

25, 2018

The International EPD® System launches a new database with digital EPD data

Examples of machine-readable EPDs

This Wednesday, the International EPD® System launches a new data base with digital, machine-readable EPD-information. Machine-readable EPD-information is stored in a file format that can be used for different applications and will open new ways to make use of the communication of the environmental performance of products.

All digitalized data is linked to the EPDs published in the International EPD® System and therefore enables communication of environmental impacts of products in a quantitative, credible, comparable and understandable way based on an established communication format.

The transformation of EPD-information into the machine-readable format will broaden the opportunities for the application of EPD information in areas, such as public procurement, building assessment tools and other environmental calculation tools.

"The rapid global development of systems for EPD is mainly a response to the increased market need for LCA-based product-related environmental information", says Sven-Olof Ryding, senior advisor at EPD International AB. "Interpreting and bench-marking of EPD-information is sometimes considered to be difficult as it covers all relevant environmental aspects of a product in a life-cycle perspective as they are presented in pdf-formats. The possibility to access digitalized EPD data from the International EPD® System is a giant leap forward for future use in several market-based applications demanding science-based, verified and comparable information about the environmental performance of products."

Following developments in the International Open Data Network for Sustainable Building (InData), the structure and format of the data is aligned with the format discussions in the InData network. The InData initiative is based on already existing instruments, and standards. It thus uses the so called ILCD+EPD data format. The ILCD data format, developed by the European Commission’s DG JRC, is widely used in the LCA context. Extensions had to be added to integrate EPD specific information (e.g. scenarios, modules, type of data). The chosen format offers a high flexibility, which allows for the adaption of related specific national requirements or changes in the underlying standards (e. g. amendments M350 of EN 15804) in future.

"In the national digitalizing project Smart Built Environment will combine the digital EPD with Q metadata that will be another potential add-on to increase the use of EPD and especially in public procurement", says Martin Erlandsson, LCA Business Development Manager and Senior Researcher at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. "To support the suggested mandatory Climate declaration for all new buildings in Sweden, we have designed a tool (BM1.0) that will make use of digital EPD that then can replace the default data used and to support environmental improvements."

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More information about machine-readable EPDs

Apr

18, 2018

Updated templates for EPD

Updated templates for EPD

Updates templates for EPD of both construction products (EN 15804) and non-construction products have been published. They are aligned with version 3.0 of the General Programme Instructions and are intended as best practice.

The use of these templates are voluntary as the the International EPD® System includes the requirements for the EPD reporting format in terms of contents, while allowing flexibility in the formatting and layout. The EPD will always need to include the prescribed information from the reference PCR and the General Programme Instructions.

 

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Apr

17, 2018

Website backend updated

www.environdec.com

The backend to www.environdec.com has been updated using the latest versions of the database and software. The look of the website may be the same, but we hope you will find it faster to find the information you are looking for.

If you find any missing information or broken links, please contact the Secretariat.

If you have a user account on the website, you may need to reset the password or re-create your account to be able to login to download PCRs and comment on the forum.

Mar

29, 2018

Carbon Neutral Certification and Australasian EPDs - Webinar 10 April 2018

The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy and the Australasian EPD Programme are pleased to announce that Australasian Environmental Product Declarations can now gain carbon neutral certification through a streamlined process. This will make it much easier and more cost-effective for businesses that are developing or have developed an EPD to also achieve carbon neutral certification in Australia. The streamlined process is currently only for EPDs registered to the International EPD® System through the Australasian EPD Secretariat.

The recognition follows an independent assessment that Australasian EPDs satisfy key criteria of the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) for Products and Services.

A webinar on Tuesday 10th April at 1pm AEST will outline the streamlined process and provide a chance to ask questions.

Register for the free webinar here (external link)

“Our objective is to make the carbon neutral certification as accessible as possible, while maintaining its robustness and status in the market”, says the Department’s Melanie Kaebernick. “The Australasian EPD Program is a fitting partner for us, since it applies best-practice LCA methods through its partnership with the International EPD® System and independent verification processes.”  

EPDs are a credible and rigorous way for companies to measure and communicate the environmental performance of their products. This includes providing a verified carbon footprint. Stephen Mitchell – Chair of the Australasian EPD Programme adds:

“Connecting our members’ EPDs to Australia’s leading carbon neutral standard is a logical step for us in providing Australasian EPD owners with more opportunities to showcase their sustainability leadership.”  

If you are a business in the process of developing an EPD - or if your EPD is already published - with the Australasian EPD Programme and are interested in having your products certified as carbon neutral, then now is a good time to talk to your LCA consultant, the Australasian EPD Programme or the Department for more information.  

All building, construction and fit-out products registered with the Australasian EPD Programme comply with the EN15804 standard. Products other than construction products will have to undertake some additional steps to demonstrate they meet the methodological requirements and rigour of the carbon neutral certification process.

A guidance document on this streamlined process is available here.

Mar

20, 2018

CEN PCRs for Concrete and Cement adopted

PCR Construction products

Two new PCR standards, developed within CEN to complement the EN 15804 standard, have now been adoted via sub-PCRs in the International EPD® System:

  • Sub-PCR-G Concrete and concrete elements (EN 16757)
  • Sub-PCR-H Cement and building limes (EN 16908)

These sub-PCRs do not add any additional methodological requirements, but simply refer to each European standard. They will replace the existing PCRs for Cement and Concrete that have until now been used to develop and publish EPDs for these product groups. The development of the previous PCR for concrete was developed by WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI).

 “The CSI issued the new concrete PCR to fully align with European and international standards, providing consistent and comparable rules for our members and for the whole sector to release EPDs.

This new EPD allows for great flexibility, depending on the final use. A functional unit, subject to application of the product in the construction work, or the reporting unit can be chosen. In terms of life cycle stages , reporting could cover the whole life cycle of concrete as well as selected relevant life stages,” says Cristiana Ciaraldi Jolivet at WBCSD CSI.

 

The two sub-PCRs are now available for any company wishing to declare an EPD for these product categories in the International EPD® System.

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Mar

6, 2018

EPD on the agenda at the 6th Brazilian Conference on Life Cycle Management – GCV2018

GCV2018

The Brazilian Conference on Life Cycle Management is organized by the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (IBICT) in collaboration with the Brazilian Life Cycle Association (ABCV) and cooperation of the University of São Carlos (UFSCar). In 2018 the event will take place in Brasilia.

GCV2018 (June 17, 18, 19 and 20) arrives in its sixth edition, discussing the theme “Management of Technological Information for Sustainability” and consolidating itself as a fundamental event on the subject in Brazil. In addition to the academic approach, the event will also address the business uses of LCA.

The Conference will promote debates around themes such as ecodesign, circular economy, organization life cycle management, environmental labeling, life cycle inventories, among other topics and will bring together professors, researchers, professionals and students who already work or are interested in the topic of life cycle management.

Environmental declarations will be discussed throughout the conference, including plenary sessions and presentations. EPD Brasil by Fundação Vanzolini is the regional hub of the International EPD System, since 2017, and is a member of the Technical Committee of the Conference.The International EPD® System also has a regional hub in Mexico and Chile since 2015 that works with other countries in the Region through the Latin American LCA Network (RICV).

 

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