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Aug

11, 2014

Eight EPDs from Ofita

Eight EPDs from Ofita

The Spanish furniture designer and manufacturer OFITA INTERIORES S.A. has published 8 EPDs for a range of their products, including office desks, rolling pedestals and cabinets. 

OFITA INTERIORES has been designing and producing and equipment of work spaces for over 45 years. Ofita has 50,000 m2 of industrial facilities in Spain as well as showrooms all around the world. Ofita pioneered ecodesign as the first office furniture company in the world to certify an ecodesign management system based on the initial EN 150301 standard, which some years ago became encompassed by the current ISO 14006 standard.

These 8 EPDs are the first office furniture EPDs developed and third-party certified in Spain based on the ISO 14025 standard, and demonstrates the company’s commitment to sustainability and public environmental information transparency.
 
The EPDs where developed with the assistance of the LCA-expert company IK INGENIERIA (member of Environdec) and the verification procedure was carried out by TECNALIA R&I CERTIFICACIÓN, the first Accredited Certification Body in Spain.
 
The EPDs were developed and verified using the recently-updated PCR PCR 2012:19 Other furniture, of a kind used in offices and Other furniture n.e.c , which includes under its scope the CPC codes 3812 "Other furniture, of a kind used in offices" and CPC 3814 "Other furniture n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)" .
 
Ofita’s website: http://ofita.com/en/

Jul

14, 2014

Problem with file attachments in the PCR Forum (likely) solved

During the last week, some EPD stakeholders have had issues when uploading or downloading file attachments, such as PDF, ZIP and DOC files, in the PCR Forum. This issue should now have been solved and the forum work as intended.

In case any problems persist, please contact the Secretariat at webmaster@environdec.com, with:

  • Link to the thread in which the problem occured
  • Error code/message provided by the system
  • Webbrowser and operating system used.

Jul

14, 2014

PCR Updated: Machine-tools for drilling, boring or milling metal

PCR document

The Product Category Rules (PCR) for Machine-tools for drilling, boring or milling metal have been updated to version 2.0. The PCR with registration number 2012:02 was originally published in January 2012 in the International EPD® System.

The update was led by the PCR Moderator Eva Martínez Herrero at Fundación centro tecnológico de miranda de ebro (CTME) in Spain. The key changes in the update include:

  • Updated to comply with the latest General Programme Instructions (version 2.01)
  • Minor editorial changes and clarifications, e.g. the inclusion of primary and secondary packaging was added.
  • Clarification that specific data shall be used in the core module.
  • Methods used to assess noise, vibration and electromagnetic wave emissions shall be declared in the EPD.
  • Clarification that parameters shall be included in Declared Unit.
  • Examples of quantification of diffusion emissions were included in Allocation Rules.
  • A template to collect the information of chemical preparations was included in Data Quality Rules.
  • A recycling declaration and end of life scenarios were included.
  • References were added.

The updated PCR is avialable to develop and register EPDs. The validity of the new version is until 2018-01-25.

Jul

8, 2014

Read the latest newsletter - #6 2014

A new version of the EPD newsletter has been published. If you don't already subscribe, you can read the latest edition and past versions here.

Jul

3, 2014

Press release: IVL new owner of the International EPD® System

EPD logotype

PRESS RELEASE, 2014-07-02

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is taking over the EPD ® System for Environmental Product Declarations when the Swedish Environmental Management Council is liquidated. In this way additional expertise, experience and development resources will be tied to the EPD system by IVL's international operations, deep expertise and network of contacts. For IVL the takeover is a logic step in the already pointed out direction of broad focus on LCA (life cycle assessments), resource-efficient and climate-friendly products and system analysis for sustainable development. 

 – We are very excited about this opportunity to take over the EPD system. It fits perfectly with IVL's current operations and our expansion plans, says Tord Svedberg, CEO at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

The international EPD program has been part of the Swedish Environmental Management Council since the program was founded in 1998. When the Swedish Parliament decided to phase out the Swedish Environmental Management Council and move procurement activities to the Swedish Competition Authority, a new, stable and independent residence for the international EPD system was sought. The choice fell on IVL who took over on July 1.

– We feel that this solution is very safe. The international EPD system is gaining ground and Sweden has been a pioneer in credible and transparent communication of environmental performance of products, says Sven-Olof Ryding, the initiator of the international EPD system and CEO of the Swedish Environmental Management Council.

The activities within the international EPD system will be operating as a subsidiary of IVL, with the same personnel and purpose as before. In addition, the EPD program will be enhanced by IVL's collaboration with various sectors, industries, communities and other organisations. IVL's experts on LCA, eco-design, sustainable procurement, sustainable construction, energy efficiency and non-toxic and safe production are also expected to contribute to the further development of the EPD system and its applications.

 – We will, along with our partners in 20 countries, focus on the continued development of the EPD program. We also wish to strengthen our cooperation with our customers. Together with our international technical committee, we will focus on a development that will be based on user needs and customer requests, says Elin Eriksson, Director at IVL that participated as expert in the technical committee for the EPD system from start.

IVL started its LCA activities in 1990 and its early work on a Nordic framework became one of the forerunners to ISO standards within the Life Cycle Analysis area. IVL's employees have since then been a driving force in the international development of the ISO standards and LCA. Among other things IVL employees currently participate in the European Commission's development of environmental footprints, as well as in the development of ISO standards for PCRs, footprints and construction products..

For more information contact:
Elin Eriksson, Director at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute,
phone: +46-31-725 62 64/+46-730-789 703
Sven-Olof Ryding: CEO of the Swedish Environmental Management Council,
phone: +46-70-568 81 11

The international EPD ® program is a voluntary program for the communication of the impact of a product or service, from start to finish. The program, which is based on ISO 14025 and other international standards, is based on objectivity and transparency.

Jul

2, 2014

PCR published for Insulation materials

PCR Insulation materials

Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of Insulation materials have now been published in the International EPD® System.

The development of the PCR was led by Stefano Rossi at Life Cycle Engineering as the appointed PCR Moderator in accordance with the PCR Process described in the General Programme Instructions, 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.

This PCR aims towards compliance with the European standard EN 15804 (Sustainability of construction works - Environmental product declarations - Core rules for the product category of construction products). (Core rules for the product category of construction products).

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

Jun

25, 2014

Nine EPDs published by SANTEX S.p.A.

SANTEX products

The Italian company SANTEX S.p.A. has published nine EPDs for a range of their absorbent hygiene products:

  • S-P-00566 SANTEX Egosan & Florelle Lady Light Inco
  • S-P-00567 SANTEX Egosan Pannoloni Cintura
  • S-P-00568 SANTEX Rettangolare
  • S-P-00569 SANTEX Egosan Traverse Salvaletto
  • S-P-00570 SANTEX Egosan Sagomato
  • S-P-00571 SANTEX Egosan Pannoloni Mutandina
  • S-P-00572 SANTEX Egosan Pannoloni Mutandina Natural Comfort
  • S-P-00573 SANTEX Egosan Pannoloni Mutandina Vita Soft
  • S-P-00574 SANTEX Egosan Pants Natural Comfort

The EPDs were developed and verified using their recently-awarded EPD Process Certification by Certiquality.

Jun

23, 2014

Summer schedule at the Secretariat, 2014

Photo: Johan Hansson, Flickr (Licence: CC BY 2.0)

The Secretariat will be closed for about two weeks during the summer period of 2014. For any questions the EPD System, EPDs, PCRs or EPD registrations, please use the following contacts:

Dates Main contact, all topics
July 5 - July 18 kristian@environdec.com
July 19 - August 3 Secretariat closed
August 4 - August 12 joakim@environdec.com
August 13 - August 17 Secretariat closed

We kinly request EPD registrations in July to be submitted no later than July 16th.

The Secretariat wishes you a very pleasant summer!

Jun

9, 2014

PCR published for Fish, otherwise prepared or preserved; caviar and caviar substitutes

PCR

Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of Fish, otherwise prepared or preserved; caviar and caviar substitutes have now been published in the International EPD® System.

The development of the PCR was led by Maurizio Fieschi at Studio Fieschi 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 available for any company to voluntarily develop and publish information on the life cycle environment impact of this type of product in a transparent and comparable way.

May

31, 2014

Transition period ended for old version of General Programme Instructions

General Programme Instructions

On 2014-05-31, the one-year transition period for the old version of the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD® System officially ended. After this date:

  • All newly-initiated or updated PCRs shall comply with the latest version of the programme instructions.
  • Newly registered or recertified EPDs shall comply with the latest version of the programme instructions.

The Secretariat and the PCR Moderators have been busy updating the PCR library to comply with version 2.01 of the programme instructions. The current status is that:

  • All 50 PCR Basic Modules have been updated and may be used as templates for new PCR development;
  • 47 PCRs have been updated;
  • 10 currently-valid PCRs are in the process of being updated.

There is an additional 33 valid PCRs currently published, which have not yet been updated to ensure full consistency. In case of any contradictions between a PCR and the latest programme instructions, please contact the Secretariat at info@environdec.com.

May

23, 2014

PCR published: Fabricated steel products, except construction products, machinery and equipment

PCR published: Fabricated steel products, except construction products, machinery and equipment

Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of PCR published for Fabricated steel products, except construction products, machinery and equipment have now been published in the International EPD® System.

The development of the PCR done in parallel to a PCR for fabricated steel construction products, which is still pending technical review and publication. The finalization of the PCR was led by Gorka Benito Alonso at IK Ingenieria according to 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 available for any company to voluntarily develop and publish information on the life cycle environment impact of these types of product in a transparent and comparable way.

May

22, 2014

Read the latest newsletter

A new version of the EPD newsletter has been published published. If you don't already subscribe, you can read it here

May

22, 2014

500th EPD® published

The International EPD® System was launched in 1998 as the first programme for environmental declarations. Now the 500th EPD® since the start has been published. The company getting the honour of issuing the 500th EPD® is Gyproc AB in Sweden, which is part of the Saint-Gobain group. The growth in the number of EPDs has increased rapidly the last few years. Last year 98 EPDs were issued, mainly from the food and construction sectors, which constitutes 20% of all EPD® registered since the start. 

"When the EPD® System started in 1998, the concept was brand new and there was not yet any ISO standard. I am very happy to see the tremendous growth and interest from companies to be transparent about their life cycle environmental impact" said Joakim Thornéus of the International EPD® System.

Read the 500th EPD from Gyproc AB

May

21, 2014

PCR published for Vegetable juices and Other prepared and preserved vegetables

PCR published for Vegetable juices and Other prepared and preserved vegetables

Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of Vegetable juices and Other prepared and preserved vegetables, pulses and potatos have now been published in the International EPD® System. The PCR covers product classified in the UN CPC system as:

  • 2132 Vegetable juices
  • 2139 Other prepared and preserved vegetables, pulses and potatos

The development of the PCR was led by Adriana Del Borghi at the University of Genoa as the appointed PCR Moderators 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 available for any company to voluntarily develop and publish information on the life cycle environment impact of these types of product in a transparent and comparable way.

May

19, 2014

New pilots for food sector announced for EU Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)

PCRs to be used as basis for PEFCR pilots

The European Commission JRC has announced the draft list of the second wave pilots in the EU Product Environmental Footprint initiative. This second wave is related to food & drink products, and similar sectors, and will be carried out in paralell to the pilots that have already started.

The pilots will develop Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs), which are the corresponding documents to Product Category Rules (PCRs) as defined by ISO 14025 for environmental declarations.

Out of the announced 11 pilots, there are already PCRs available for seven in the Internaitonal EPD System. They are:

  • Beer, proposed by Brewers of Europe (corresponding to the existing PCR 2011:21)
  • Dairy, proposed by the European Dairy Association (corresponding to the existing PCR 2013:16, PCR 2013:17 and PCR 2013:18)
  • Meat (bovine, pigs and sheep), proposed by the European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (corresponding to the existing PCR 2012:11)
  • Pasta, proposed by the Union of Organisations of Manufacturers of Pasta Products in the EU (corresponding to the existing PCR 2010:01)
  • Packed water, proposed by the European Federation of Bottled Waters (corresponding to the existing PCR 2010:11)
  • Olive oil, coordinated by CO2 Consulting S.L. (corresponding to the existing PCR 2010:07)
  • Wine, proposed by the Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (corresponding to the existing PCR 2010:02)

The PEFCR pilots for which there is no fully-compatible PCR already available are:

  • Coffee, proposed by the European Coffee Federation
  • Feed for food producing animals, proposed by the European Feed Manufacturers' Federation
  • Fish for human consumption, proposed by the Norwegian Seafood Federation
  • Pet food (cats & dogs), proposed by the European Pet Food Industry Federation

An important basis of all PEFCRs is that existing documents are taken into account. The Secretariat will therefore follow and comment on the pilots, and proactively contact all project managers to ensure that they are aware of the existing PCRs.

Awaiting the results of the PEF pilot in a few years, the International EPD® System already exists as an open, credible, robust and transparent system for communication of the environmental performance of products on the international market.