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Aug

24, 2011

EPD for recycled polyester

Italian company Freudenberg Politex chose to develop an EPD for its bituminous membranes made of recycled staple polyester. The products are manufactured using recycled raw materials. The production of one kilo of Texbond® R, a polyester fiber nonwovens, takes 1.2 kilo of post consume PET bottles. 84 per cent of the materials in this product are recycled, while the rest is glass, resins and additives.

The EPD shows that the main impact per manufactured kilogramme comes from the upstream processes, which e.g. includes processing the PET bottles. 

Jun

30, 2011

Roman metro dominated by use phase

Metro Roma C is an urban metro designed for passengers transport – and can now also boast with an EPD® certification.

The EPD® shows that the downstream use phase takes some 92 per cent of the total energy consumption of the train. In the hypothesis assumed in the simulation, Metro Roma C electricity consumption is 17.83 kWh per kilometre. In order to evaluate environmental impact in the downstream use phase Italian electric mix was adopted. The number of passengers used in the calculation corresponded to 1,204 and the load factor was 6.2.

The use phase has been modeled using simulating computation taking issues such as maximum speed, average speed, average slope of the run, maximum acceleration, loads, length of route as well as average number of runs per day and year into account.

Jun

15, 2011

PCR hot topic in The Economist

Consumers have not yet discovered environmental declarations and product category rules (PCR), yet companies are driving the development behind the scenes. This claim can be read in the most recent issue of The Economist and an article on carbon footprints.

Product category rules are needed to be able to compare the environmental and climate impact on similar products. These have to be harmonized across countries especially since the number of systems is on the increase. The solution, according to the article, is the international standard, ISO 14 067, which currently is being developed and launched next year.

Consultancy firm Ernst & Young is commissioned by the European Commission to compare the different systems for climate labeling that now exist in Europe. So far it has been discovered that not all systems are third party certified, nor factoring in the impact of the user phase. The article describes why the user phase, which can have a profound impact, need to be counted.

Sweden is briefly mentioned in the article, thanks to the launch of a climate marking scheme which will help consumers in choosing climate friendly products.

Jun

4, 2011

Extra virgin olive oil declared

Olive oil

Nearly 70 Greek olive oil farmers have joined forces and registered an EPD on their produce of this year and 2010. Their extra virgin olive oil has been bottled in more than 21 000 numbered glass bottles of 0.75 litre. The right to use the EPD is shared between three farmers farmers’ unions, who have also created their own, joint logotype which includes the official EPD logo.

All three groups have worked on an environmental management system for at least five years.

"The farmers commit to avoid certain environmental risks, such as polluting, and to continue to make improvements that benefit the products and the environment", says George Michalopoulos, a LCA operator and an internal auditor for the three groups of farmers and their traceability system.

May

27, 2011

New PCR on beverage cartons

New PCR on beverage cartons

Today, a new PCR on beverage cartons is published. The PCR has been developed by ACE, The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment.

May

27, 2011

New PCR on Professional Cleaning Services

New PCR on Professional Cleaning Services

A new PCR on professional cleaning services of building have been published.

May

26, 2011

New PCR on kiwi fruits

New PCR on kiwi fruits

A new PCR on kiwi fruits is published. The PCR has been developed by Landcare Research on New Zealand in cooperation with New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), and the kiwifruit industry body Zespri.

May

10, 2011

PCRs on open consultation

At the moment four draft PCRs are on open consultation. Any interested party are invited to leave comments. If you have questions, please contact the PCR moderators or use the PCR Forum.

Apr

29, 2011

Korsnäs launches EPDs on packaging material

Packaging material

While many companies focus merely on the impacts of its products, Korsnäs has chosen to show a wider picture of its environmental work and company impact in its EPDs. The 8 EPDs cover different types of carton board and paper.

 

Apr

20, 2011

EPDs from Italian manufacturers of reinforcement of concrete

EPDs from Italian manufacturers of reinforcement of concrete

Five Italian manufacturers of steel bars and rolls used to reinforce concrete have issued EPDs for their products.

Apr

18, 2011

Barilla issues first process certified EPD

Tarallucci

Barilla have issued their first EPD that have been developed according to their EPD-process certification.

Apr

13, 2011

EPDs from Spanish manufacturers of wood boards

The Spanish board manufacturers Financiera Maderera S.A. and Tableros Tradema S.L. have issued EPDs for wooden particle boards and fibre boards.

Apr

8, 2011

Cosentino S.A. issues EPD for ECO

ECO by Cosentino

Cosentino S.A. has issued a EPD for ECO,  a new architectural and decorative surface made up of 75% recycled materials including porcelain, glass, mirrors, or combustion waste in the form of vitrified ash.

Apr

8, 2011

New EPD from Sitland

The Green's Chair

The Italian furniture manufacturer Sitland has issued an EPD on the chair “Green’s”. Green’s is a chair totally made in recyclable polypropylene.

Apr

8, 2011

Barilla issues EPD on Pasta

Barilla have issued a new EPD on pasta. The new EPD substitues the previous pre-certified EPD on pasta.