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Being updated - Electricity, steam and hot/cold water generation and distribution (valid until 2020-02-05)



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This PCR is being updated. A draft is available for open consultation until 2019-07-27. Any stakeholder is welcome to comment on the draft by posting on the PCR forum or by contacting the PCR moderator. Dates are preliminary and subject to change.


This document provides Product Category Rules (PCR) for the assessment of the environmental performance of UN CPC 171 Electrical energy and CPC 173 Steam and hot water and the declaration of this performance by an EPD.

The product group in the scope of this PCR includes electricity, steam, hot water produced with any technology such as:

  •  Combustion technologies based on fossil and renewable fuels and peat
  •  Nuclear technologies
  •  Hydropower technologies (including pumped storage)
  •  Wind power technologies
  •  Ocean technologies (wave, tide)
  •  Solar technologies (photovoltaic and thermal electric)
  •  Electrochemical processes (fuel cells)
  •  Ambient heat, waste heat from other processes and electricity (geothermal technologies, heat pumps and electric boilers)

The PCR document is a living document. If relevant changes in the LCA methodology or in the technology for the product category occur, the document will be revised and any changes will be published on the website.

The PCR document may be downloaded in PDF format on the right side of this page. The free registration will also enable you to post comments on the PCR Forum.

EPDs shall be based on the latest version of the PCR, and refer to the version number and date of the PCR used. The production of new PCR versions does not affect the certification period of EPDs that are already published.

Detailed information

Replacing : PCR 2004:02 Electricity and district heating generation (de-registered)
Name: Being updated - Electricity, steam and hot/cold water generation and distribution (valid until 2020-02-05)
CPC Codes:171 Electrical energy
173 Steam and hot water
Date of publication: 2007-10-31
Registration number: 2007:08
Date of expiration: 2020-02-05
Version: 3.1
GPI version: General Programme Instructions 2 (2014-2016)
Based on: PCR Basic Module: Electricity, town gas steam and hot water
Related PCR: Carbon capture and storage (CCS) services (expired) (de-registered)
Solid waste disposal services (expired 2019-04-07)
Water distribution through mains (except steam and hot water) (de-registered)
Geographical scope: Global
PCR committee: All PCR versions: ABB, Axpo, Göteborg Energi, EDF, esu services, Ostfold research, Vattenfall
Appointed PCR moderator: Sara McGowan  Vattenfall

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