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Electricity, steam and hot water generation and distribution

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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)

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PCR updated 2020-11-10

Version 4.1 of this PCR was published, with clarifications regarding the calculation of GWP-luluc in Section 4.10.4.2, and changed requirements regarding the calculation of greenhouse gas emissions due to impoundment and inundation in Annex 4. A few days later, version 4.11 was published, in which an error was corrected in Section 4.10.4.2.

Detailed information

Replacing : PCR 2004:02 Electricity and district heating generation (de-registered)
Name: Electricity, steam and hot water generation and distribution
CPC Codes:171 Electrical energy
173 Steam and hot water
Date of publication: 2007-10-31
Registration number: 2007:08
Date of expiration: 2024-03-16
Version: 4.11
GPI version: General Programme Instructions 3 (2017-)
Based on: PCR Basic Module: Electricity, town gas steam and hot water
Related PCR: Under development - Biochar
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) services (expired) (de-registered)
Solid waste disposal services (de-registered)
Water distribution through mains (except steam and hot water) (de-registered)
Geographical scope: Global
PCR committee: Version 4.0: Axpo, EDF, ESU-services Ltd, Fortum Oslo Värme, Vattenfall AB, Östfoldforskning
Appointed PCR moderator: Sara McGowan  Vattenfall

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