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.

Examples of EPD

Examples of EPD for construction products, food and vehicles from companies such as 3M, Mapei, and Barilla.

Examples of EPD for construction products, food and vehicles from companies such as 3M, Mapei, and Barilla.

 

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Company case studies

  • Kerakoll

    Kerakoll4/13/2018

    Kerakoll is a leading manufacturer of materials and services in the applied chemical sector for building applications. The company has been focusin...

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  • Registering EPDs was the last step for Granarolo

    Registering EPDs was the last step for Granarolo12/5/2014

    Granarolo high quality milk in PET bottles was the first fresh milk product in the world to receive a certified Environmental Product Declaration....

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  • For Bombardier EPD are a transparent way to communicate their environmental impact

    For Bombardier EPD are a transparent way to communicate their environmental impact12/5/2014

    Bombardier is the world’s leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Their history goes back to the 1930’s, when their founder built a “snow...

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