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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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