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May

17, 2018

Webinar about Environmental Product Declarations (May 30th)

Webinar about Environmental Product Declarations (May 30th)

Secure advantages in the bidding process over your competitors with Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) product information. Life cycle assessment, which is calculated in the process of creating an EPD, allows you to identify areas of improvement in your environmental product footprint. The results of an LCA tell you what measures you can take to optimize your products and your business performance.

In a free webinar, receive detailed information about the advantages of an EPD from EPD International AB and thinkstep.

When:

May 30, 2pm-3pm CET

 

Speaker:

Sebastian Welling, EPD Expert / Project manager, EPD International

Robert Spang, Senior Consultant / Solution Sales Manager, thinkstep

 

Cost: This webinar is free!

Register here

May

7, 2018

EPD from 40 countries published

EPD map

Saint-Gobain Gyproc SA have published two EPD of their RHINOBOARD products. With this addition to the database, there are now EPD from companies and organisations in 40 different countries published at www.environdec.com.

 

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May

2, 2018

Updated FAQ on PEF after final conference

Last week, the final conference of the pilot phase for the Environmental Footprint initiative and a first stakeholder workshop on policy were held in Brussels. We were present at the events listening to presentations and giving input for further use of the method in European policy and for harmonization with existing methods and initiatives.

An updated FAQ has been published answering how the International EPD® System related to PEF. A recording of the event is available via the European Commission website, where further documentation will also be published.

PEF and its further use after the end of the pilot phase is also expected as one of the key topics and the next EPD International Stakeholder Conference.

 

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Apr

25, 2018

The International EPD® System launches a new database with digital EPD data

Examples of machine-readable EPDs

This Wednesday, the International EPD® System launches a new data base with digital, machine-readable EPD-information. Machine-readable EPD-information is stored in a file format that can be used for different applications and will open new ways to make use of the communication of the environmental performance of products.

All digitalized data is linked to the EPDs published in the International EPD® System and therefore enables communication of environmental impacts of products in a quantitative, credible, comparable and understandable way based on an established communication format.

The transformation of EPD-information into the machine-readable format will broaden the opportunities for the application of EPD information in areas, such as public procurement, building assessment tools and other environmental calculation tools.

"The rapid global development of systems for EPD is mainly a response to the increased market need for LCA-based product-related environmental information", says Sven-Olof Ryding, senior advisor at EPD International AB. "Interpreting and bench-marking of EPD-information is sometimes considered to be difficult as it covers all relevant environmental aspects of a product in a life-cycle perspective as they are presented in pdf-formats. The possibility to access digitalized EPD data from the International EPD® System is a giant leap forward for future use in several market-based applications demanding science-based, verified and comparable information about the environmental performance of products."

Following developments in the International Open Data Network for Sustainable Building (InData), the structure and format of the data is aligned with the format discussions in the InData network. The InData initiative is based on already existing instruments, and standards. It thus uses the so called ILCD+EPD data format. The ILCD data format, developed by the European Commission’s DG JRC, is widely used in the LCA context. Extensions had to be added to integrate EPD specific information (e.g. scenarios, modules, type of data). The chosen format offers a high flexibility, which allows for the adaption of related specific national requirements or changes in the underlying standards (e. g. amendments M350 of EN 15804) in future.

"In the national digitalizing project Smart Built Environment will combine the digital EPD with Q metadata that will be another potential add-on to increase the use of EPD and especially in public procurement", says Martin Erlandsson, LCA Business Development Manager and Senior Researcher at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. "To support the suggested mandatory Climate declaration for all new buildings in Sweden, we have designed a tool (BM1.0) that will make use of digital EPD that then can replace the default data used and to support environmental improvements."

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More information about machine-readable EPDs

Apr

18, 2018

Updated templates for EPD

Updated templates for EPD

Updates templates for EPD of both construction products (EN 15804) and non-construction products have been published. They are aligned with version 3.0 of the General Programme Instructions and are intended as best practice.

The use of these templates are voluntary as the the International EPD® System includes the requirements for the EPD reporting format in terms of contents, while allowing flexibility in the formatting and layout. The EPD will always need to include the prescribed information from the reference PCR and the General Programme Instructions.

 

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Apr

17, 2018

Website backend updated

www.environdec.com

The backend to www.environdec.com has been updated using the latest versions of the database and software. The look of the website may be the same, but we hope you will find it faster to find the information you are looking for.

If you find any missing information or broken links, please contact the Secretariat.

If you have a user account on the website, you may need to reset the password or re-create your account to be able to login to download PCRs and comment on the forum.

Mar

29, 2018

Carbon Neutral Certification and Australasian EPDs - Webinar 10 April 2018

The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy and the Australasian EPD Programme are pleased to announce that Australasian Environmental Product Declarations can now gain carbon neutral certification through a streamlined process. This will make it much easier and more cost-effective for businesses that are developing or have developed an EPD to also achieve carbon neutral certification in Australia. The streamlined process is currently only for EPDs registered to the International EPD® System through the Australasian EPD Secretariat.

The recognition follows an independent assessment that Australasian EPDs satisfy key criteria of the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) for Products and Services.

A webinar on Tuesday 10th April at 1pm AEST will outline the streamlined process and provide a chance to ask questions.

Register for the free webinar here (external link)

“Our objective is to make the carbon neutral certification as accessible as possible, while maintaining its robustness and status in the market”, says the Department’s Melanie Kaebernick. “The Australasian EPD Program is a fitting partner for us, since it applies best-practice LCA methods through its partnership with the International EPD® System and independent verification processes.”  

EPDs are a credible and rigorous way for companies to measure and communicate the environmental performance of their products. This includes providing a verified carbon footprint. Stephen Mitchell – Chair of the Australasian EPD Programme adds:

“Connecting our members’ EPDs to Australia’s leading carbon neutral standard is a logical step for us in providing Australasian EPD owners with more opportunities to showcase their sustainability leadership.”  

If you are a business in the process of developing an EPD - or if your EPD is already published - with the Australasian EPD Programme and are interested in having your products certified as carbon neutral, then now is a good time to talk to your LCA consultant, the Australasian EPD Programme or the Department for more information.  

All building, construction and fit-out products registered with the Australasian EPD Programme comply with the EN15804 standard. Products other than construction products will have to undertake some additional steps to demonstrate they meet the methodological requirements and rigour of the carbon neutral certification process.

A guidance document on this streamlined process is available here.

Mar

20, 2018

CEN PCRs for Concrete and Cement adopted

PCR Construction products

Two new PCR standards, developed within CEN to complement the EN 15804 standard, have now been adoted via sub-PCRs in the International EPD® System:

  • Sub-PCR-G Concrete and concrete elements (EN 16757)
  • Sub-PCR-H Cement and building limes (EN 16908)

These sub-PCRs do not add any additional methodological requirements, but simply refer to each European standard. They will replace the existing PCRs for Cement and Concrete that have until now been used to develop and publish EPDs for these product groups. The development of the previous PCR for concrete was developed by WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI).

 “The CSI issued the new concrete PCR to fully align with European and international standards, providing consistent and comparable rules for our members and for the whole sector to release EPDs.

This new EPD allows for great flexibility, depending on the final use. A functional unit, subject to application of the product in the construction work, or the reporting unit can be chosen. In terms of life cycle stages , reporting could cover the whole life cycle of concrete as well as selected relevant life stages,” says Cristiana Ciaraldi Jolivet at WBCSD CSI.

 

The two sub-PCRs are now available for any company wishing to declare an EPD for these product categories in the International EPD® System.

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Mar

6, 2018

EPD on the agenda at the 6th Brazilian Conference on Life Cycle Management – GCV2018

GCV2018

The Brazilian Conference on Life Cycle Management is organized by the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (IBICT) in collaboration with the Brazilian Life Cycle Association (ABCV) and cooperation of the University of São Carlos (UFSCar). In 2018 the event will take place in Brasilia.

GCV2018 (June 17, 18, 19 and 20) arrives in its sixth edition, discussing the theme “Management of Technological Information for Sustainability” and consolidating itself as a fundamental event on the subject in Brazil. In addition to the academic approach, the event will also address the business uses of LCA.

The Conference will promote debates around themes such as ecodesign, circular economy, organization life cycle management, environmental labeling, life cycle inventories, among other topics and will bring together professors, researchers, professionals and students who already work or are interested in the topic of life cycle management.

Environmental declarations will be discussed throughout the conference, including plenary sessions and presentations. EPD Brasil by Fundação Vanzolini is the regional hub of the International EPD System, since 2017, and is a member of the Technical Committee of the Conference.The International EPD® System also has a regional hub in Mexico and Chile since 2015 that works with other countries in the Region through the Latin American LCA Network (RICV).

 

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Mar

2, 2018

PCRs for Floor coverings and Wood construction products adopted

Last year, the terminology for construction products was updated and the decision was taken to adopt the “PCR standards” related to EN 15804 developed by CEN Product Technical Committees.

The first two such PCR standards have now been published as sub-PCRs to PCR 2012:01 Construction products and construction services:

These sub-PCRs do not add any additional methodological requirements, but simply refer to each standard. They are now available for any company wishing to declare an EPD for these product categories in the International EPD® System.

Feb

27, 2018

ACCIONA Energía publish EPD of electricity from solar power

EPD

ACCIONA Energía has published an EPD for Electricity generated in photovoltaic power plant El Romero Solar 196 MW. The plant is located in the Atacama desert in Chile and has a real area of 2.8 million square meters.

The EPD describes the environmental impact from production of raw materials, construction, operation and the future end-of-life. It was verified by Tecnalia R&I Certifcación, S.L.

This is the first EPD of solar power published in the International EPD System, where there previously are company-specific EPDs published for electricity from wind power, hydro power and nuclear power.

 

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Feb

16, 2018

Filmop International update EPD using Italian standard UNI 11698

Filmop International update EPD using Italian standard UNI 11698

Filmop International has published an updated version of their EPD for cleaning trolley. In the update, the company has chosen to use the Italian standard UNI 11698:2017* to calculate and display uncertainty values arising from life cycle inventory data on the indicators as presented in the EPD. The standard provides requirements and guidelines for the estimation, reporting and use of the uncertainty of LCA.

Information about the draft standard was presented at the EPD International Stakeholder Conference in Milan 2016, but this is the first known case where it has been applied for an EPD in the International EPD® System after the publication of the standard in 2017.

“EPDs are all about being transparent of the environmental impact of products and of how the results are calculated.  I look forward to seeing how this Italian standard is used in practice to enable further and better use of LCA and EPD in different applications,” says Kristian Jelse, Programme manager of the International EPD® System.

The results and the EPD were verified by RINA Services S.p.A.

 

* UNI 11698:2017  Environmental Management of Products - Estimation, reporting and use of the uncertainty of Life Cycle Assessment results - Requirements and guidelines

Feb

2, 2018

First certification body in the USA accredited for EPD process certification

Epsten Group has become the first US certification body to become accredited to perform EPD process certification and to offer such services connected to the International EPD® System. The accreditation was performed by A2LA.

"The International EPD System has quickly become a highly-sought after and recognizable global platform for environmental product declarations, and Epsten Group, Inc., is excited to be the first certification body in the United States accredited to the GPI scheme with the ability to have our clients’ products registered with the organization", says Lauren M. Wallace Director of Certifications and Consulting at Epsten Group

EPD process certification is the verification of an internal organisational process aimed to develop EPDs based on the General Programme Instructions and valid reference PCRs covered under the scope of certification. It can be a cost-effective way for companies wishing to create many EPDs.

 

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Edit 2018-02-06: Added quote.

Jan

25, 2018

Product Category Rules for Buildings updated

PCR 2014:02 Buildings

The Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of buildings have now been updated in the International EPD System. The document is an interesting application of EPD as it enables the calculation and publication of EPD at the building level rather than the individual construction products. It is also the first PCR that attempts to comply with the recently-published version 3.0 of the General Programme Instructions.

The PCR was originally published in 2014. The update of the PCR was led by Ulf Wiklund at Tyréns as the appointed PCR Moderator in accordance with the PCR Process described in the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD System, based on ISO 14025. During the development of the document, it has been subject for an open consultation on www.environdec.com as well as a review by the appointed Technical Committee.

The PCR is now once again available for any company to voluntarily develop and publish information on the life cycle environment impact of buildings in a transparent and comparable way.

Dec

19, 2017

General Programme Instructions version 3.0 published

General Programme Instructions version 3.0

Version 3 of the General Programme Instructions (GPI) has been published, setting a new set of rules for operation and management of the International EPD® System according to ISO 14025.

The update was made to stay relevant and up-to-date following developments in methodology, standardisation, research and applications of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD). They enable organisations in any country to communicate the environmental impacts of their products in a quantitative, credible, comparable and understandable way based on international standards.

New features

Some of the new features of the new GPI are:

  • New EPDs for all product categories will now have a 5 year validity, if they are based on a PCR that has been updated
  • The EPD format is now aligned with best practices, and further alignment of environmental information between construction products and non-construction products
  • Product Category Rules (PCR) contents and development process aligned with the latest standards and practices
  • Updates to LCA methodology and indicators
  • A procedure for approval of pre-verified EPD tools has been added
  • Many editorial changes for consistency and clarity

Transition period

A transition period will be applied to allow a smooth transition to the new rules:

  • The publication of the new version of the GPI does not affect the validity of already-published EPDs, which will remain published with the same validity date as before. Surveillance of EPDs during their validity is based on the same version of the PCR and GPI that was used for the verification of the current valid EPD.
  • If a valid PCR based on version 3.x of the GPI does not exist, EPDs may be published and updated based on valid PCRs that are based on version 2.x of the GPI during the transition period.
  • Version 3.0 of the GPI will be implemented step-by-step into existing PCRs when they are due for update, or during their validity.
  • PCRs that are currently under development should be aligned with the new programme instructions. Exceptions are allowed for cases where the development is already far progressed. The Secretariat and Technical Committee are currently updating the PCR Basic Modules to act as a template for new and updated PCRs.

The transition period will last for at least 18 months, and the end of the transition period will be announced six months before it ends.

Work has also started to update the website, templates, etc., which will be introduced gradually.

 

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