What is an EPD - Environmental Product Declarations

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What is an EPD?

What is an EPD?

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is an independently verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of products. As a voluntary declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact, having an EPD for a product does not imply that the declared product is environmentally superior to alternatives.

The relevant standard for Environmental Product Declarations is ISO 14025, where they are referred to as "type III environmental declarations". A type III environmental declaration is created and registered in the framework of a programme, such as the International EPD®  System.

An EPD  may be used for many different applications, including green public procurement (GPP) and building assessment schemes. The concept of  type III environmental declarations was developed to primarily be used in business-to-business communication, but their use in business-to-consumer communication is not precluded by the standards.

All EPDs registered in the International EPD®  System are publically available and free to download through the EPD Search on this website.

 

Company case studies

  • Trafikverket

    Trafikverket12/5/2014

    Trafikverket is responsible for the overall long-term infrastructure planning of road, rail, sea and air transport in Sweden. Since a few years the...

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  • EPD as part of a sustainable strategy

    EPD as part of a sustainable strategy4/25/2014

    Acciona proves its commitment to sustainability by becoming the first construction company worldwide to register an EPD for civil infrastructures.

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  • Analyzing hygiene pads

    Analyzing hygiene pads 3/26/2014

    Serenity, an Italian producer of hygiene products such as pads, decided to step up from LCA to registered EPDs. This included analyzing life cycle aspects of more than half of its products in one go.

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