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Singe-Issue EPD (e.g. Climate declarations)

Examples of Climate declarations for cleaning services, waste management services and construction products.

Singe-Issue EPD (e.g. Climate declarations)

The International EPD® System allows for the possibility to adapt the information given to specific user needs and market applications by introducing the concept of "single-issue EPDs", focusing on a single enviornmental impact category. The most popular such single-issue EPD has been the Climate Declaration, which declares only the carbon footprint of the product, while referring to the EPD for more information about other impacts.

Climate Declarations and EPD?

A single-issue EPD can only be published if a full EPD is registered or if the correspondent information is available on request. Information on where to find additional information shall be included in the single-issue EPD.

Content of a Climate Declaration

A Climate Declaration describes the emissions of greenhouse gases, expressed as carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents for a product's life cycle. This indicator is often referred to as a "carbon footprint". It is based on verified results from life cycle assessment (LCA) based information in accordance with ISO 14025.

A single issue EPD shall give information on how to obtain information on the full environmental impact from the declared product. Single issue EPDs shall also include the following statement: “This single issue EPD only addresses one impact category and does not assess other potential social, economic and environmental impacts arising from the provision of this product.”

Creating a Climate Declaration

When an EPD is registered, a Climate Declaration document may be created by the Secretariat upon request in the registration form. This may be subject to a fee. Climate Declaration be based on will include the information about the product and company and the Global Warming Potential indicator from the EPD.

More information about single-issue EPDs and Climate Declarations are available in the General Programme Instructions.