Nov

20, 2018

Presentations from the 6th EPD International Stakeholder Conference now available

6th EPD International Stakeholder Conference

The 6th EPD International Stakeholder Conference was held on November 13th in Brussels, Belgium. This year's conference welcomed more than 65 EPD stakeholders from 17 countries.

The presentations and panel discussions focused on two main themes:

  • After the pilot phase – what's next for EPD and the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)?
  • Going mainstream: creating EPDs at a large scale

Presentations from the event are now available for download here, with an event summary below:

Introductions

After welcomes from the hosts and the moderator Roel Drost from EcoChain, the event started with the latest EPD news, including video greetings from India, Latin America, Russia and Turkey. Kelly Taylor from the Australasian EPD Programme was present in Brussels to give an update of EPD progress made in the region.

After the pilot phase – what's next for EPD and the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)?

The keynote was given by Michele Galatola, presenting the current status and the link to EPD. Experience from two different pilots were provided by Paul Bruijn from Heineken and Luca Ruini from Barilla. Kristian Jelse from the EPD International Secretariat presented the update of EN 15804 as the next important milestone for harmonization between the results of the PEF pilot phase and the ongoing momentum of EPD creation and use.

Going mainstream: creating EPDs at a large scale

Divided into two parts (current status and the future), the second main topic was introduced by Sebastiaan Stiller from the EPD International Secretariat. Marco Mazzetti from Mapei and Hüdai Kara from Metsims shared experiences and an outlook of using EPD Process Certification for creating EPDs at a large scale. Large-scale use of EPD in public procurement and in green building design were presented by Susanna Toller from the Swedish Transport Authority and by Tytti Bruce-Hyrkäs from Bionova.

Other presentations included the challenge of data accessibility and interoperability by Llorenc Mila I Canals from UN Environment - Life Cycle Initiative, a presentation of software options and possibilities from Martin Blumberg from thinkstep and a call for cross-disciplinary cooperation from Jeanette Sveder Lundin, Skanska. The oulook was expanded into Environmental Profit & Loss by Juliette Herin, Philips Innovation.

Wrap-up

In the event wrap-up, Sven-Olof Ryding provided an inspirational note looking both back on the development of EPD and gave some inspiration for the future.

 

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