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Mar

3, 2015

Updated PCR for Construction products and construction services

PCR

The often-used Product Category Rules (PCR) for Construction products and construction services have now been published in a new version. Version 2.0 of the PCR is now available for verification, registration and publications of EPD according to ISO 14025 and EN 15804 in the International EPD® System.

This document serves as the main implementation of the European standard EN 15804:2012+A1:2013 in the International EPD® System. Other stand-alone PCRs relevant to construction products and services available at www.environdec.com may or may not be aligned with EN 15804 due to their age, scope of product category or geographical area of applicability.

The work to update the PCR was led by Martin Erlandsson at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute as the PCR Moderator. The draft was available for two months open consultation at www.environdec.com, and reviewed by the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System before publication.

Feb

26, 2015

Beijing EPD helpdesk launched

Beijing

As a part of its effort to support organisations to communicate the environmental performance of their products in a credible and understandable way on the international markets, the International EPD® System is now expanding its non-English language support to its users.

A new helpdesk function in Beijing, China, will assist local companies and other stakeholders in understanding environmental product declarations, participate in the development of Product Category Rules and much more.

The EPD offices in Stockholm and Gothenburg will continue to answer questions in English and Swedish. Partners to the International EPD® System are also available to answer your questions in Australia/New Zealand, the Czech Republic and Turkey, and register EPDs for publication at www.environdec.com.

EPD北京服务站点成立

EPD®​致力于以一种值得信赖且易于理解的方式,为用户在国际市场上传达他们产品的环保性能。作为努力的一部分,国际EPD®​体系正努力拓展其非英语语言服务范围。

在中国北京成立新的服务站点,将有利于当地公司和其他利益相关方更好地了解环境产品声明,促进产品种类规则(PCR)和体系的整体发展。

EPD位于斯德哥尔摩和哥德堡的办公室将继续用英语和瑞典语回复相关问题,位于澳大利亚/新西兰、捷克和土耳其的国际EPD® 体系合作伙伴也可以帮助解答您的疑问。EPD注册相关信息通过网站www.environdec.com 进行发布。

Feb

20, 2015

Updated PCR for Absorbent hygiene products available

PCR

The much anticipated Product Category Rules (PCR) for Absorbent hygiene products version 2.0 have now been published. The new version is now available for verification, registration and publications of EPD according to ISO 14025 in the International EPD® System.

The PCR covers articles such as female sanitary protection, baby diapers and adult incontinence products.

The work to update the PCR was done by an EDANA working group and led by Ellen Riise at SCA Hygiene Products as PCR Moderator, with input from industry stakeholders. The draft was available for two months open consultation at www.environdec.com, and reviewed by the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System before publication.

Feb

17, 2015

Discussion group for EPD professionals at LinkedIn

EPD logo

The International EPD® System has long been available on social media, Twitter and Facebook. On LinkedIn, we have recently relaunched our presence as two separate pages:

  • Company page: This page will present information from www.environdec.com, as an alternative way to stay up-to-date on the latest EPD activities. The page is public, and may be "followed" to get the latest news.
  • Discussion group for professionals: This group will be a place for professionals to share news, discuss EPD related topics and connect. Anyone can request to join the group, but membership is subject to approval.

Feel free to join the discussions with other EPD professionals on LinkedIn, and/or to follow us on the public company page for the latest news.

Feb

12, 2015

Upcoming event: Breakfast seminar on EPD in Malmö, Sweden

Malmö. Image credit: Flickr / per egevad  [CC BY 2.0 - image cropped]

On March 5th, the International EPD® System will host an EPD breakfast seminar for local stakeholders in the Øresund Region. The seminar will include:

  • An introduction to the EPD concepts and its uses,
  • The company perspective with NCC Construction describing their work to produce EPDs of infrastructure,
  • A description of the procedure to produce EPDs from the view of an LCA practitioner.

For more information or to register for the event, please contact the Secretariat. The Seminar will be held in Swedish. Participation is free, but the number of participants is limited.

Feb

5, 2015

EPD for refined sugar published

EPD Italia Zuccheri

COPROB has published an Environmental Product Declaration for refined sugar in the International EPD® System.

The EPD concerns Italia Zuccheri bulk sugar sold to industry and produced from sugar beet grown in the agricultural areas of Emilia-Romagna and Veneto by the shareholder of COPROB and processed in the sugar factories in Minerbio (Bologna) and Pontelongo (Padova).

Feb

5, 2015

Updated PCR for Electricity, steam and hot/cold water generation and distribution

PCR Electricity, steam and hot/cold water generation and distribution

The Product Category Rules (PCR) for Electricity, steam and hot/cold water generation and distribution have been updated to version 3.0. Key changes include:

  • Renewed validity (2019-02-05)
  • Compliance with version 2.01 of the General Programme Instructions
  • Requirements for updating of core infrastructure data in relation to a renewed EPD.
  • Specification of GWP calculations
  • Geographical scope
  • Editorial changes

The work to update the PCR was led by Mikael Ekhagen at Vattenfall as PCR Moderator, with input from industry stakeholders. The draft was available for two months open consultation at www.environdec.com, and reviewed by the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System before publication.

The new version is now once again available to develop and register EPDs for this product category.

Jan

26, 2015

Open consultation of version 2.5 of the General Programme Instructions

GPI 2

To fulfill the latest developments in the market for environmental declarations, standardisation and LCA methodology the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD® System are currently being updated to version 2.5.

To ensure credibility and as required by ISO 14025, the General Programme Instructions are subject to open consultation before being applicable.

Stakeholders are invited to provide comments on the draft until 2015-03-23.

Jan

5, 2015

New record for number of visits to www.environdec.com in 2014

New record for number of visits to www.environdec.com in 2014

A new record number of visitors to www.environdec.com was set in 2014 with more than 117,000 visits. This is a +22% growth since the year before, which is also reflected in the number of unique visitors.

The geographical spread of the visits was great with 25 countries recording more than 1 000 of the visits. The top five countries were the same as the year before: Italy, USA, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

We hope to make the website even more usable and to attract even more visitors in 2015. Any feedback and suggestions on how to improve the webpage is appreciated, and may be sent to info@environdec.com.

Dec

24, 2014

SAS International Ltd. registers 15 EPDs

SAS International Ltd. registers 15 EPDs

The British manufacturer of interior products SAS International Ltd. has chosen to develop and register 15 environmental product declarations in the International EPD® System. The EPDs cover their a range of their modular clip-in steel suspended ceiling systems.

The EPDs are made in compliance with the European standard EN 15804 and declares the environmental performance of the product over difference life cycle stages.

Dec

23, 2014

Winter holiday schedule at the Secretariat

Image: Bert Kaufmann, Flickr. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0

At the end of December, the Secretariat will have a limited availability compared to normal due to public holidays. The period affected is December 24th until January 6th. In order for an EPD to be guaranteed to be published before the end of the year, it should be submited no later than December 21st.

The Secretariat wishes you all a very pleasant winter holiday!

Dec

22, 2014

First EPD registrations from Turkey

Idevit logo

Ideal Seramik Sıhhi Tesisat Malz. San.ve Tic. A.Ş. has become the first company from Turkey to register EPDs in the International EPD® System. Their two EPDs registered in December covers their Fine Fire Clay (FFC) and Vitreous China (VC) ceramic sanitary ware of the IDEVIT brand.

The EPDs were registered via EPD Turkey, the local contacts of the International EPD® System for EPD registrations, helpdesk and marketing of EPDs in Turkey.

The EPDs are registered to use the ECO Platforom logotype, carry ECO EPD reference numbers and be published at http://eco-platform.org.

Dec

11, 2014

First dual registered EPDs from the IBU programme published

First dually-registered EPDs

The four first EPDs from the IBU EPD system to be dually-registered in the International EPD® system have now been published. The two pioneering companies are Dorma and H+H.

The dual registration is made possible through a mutual recognition agreement between the two programme operators, and was preceded an extensive analysis of the similarities and differences between the two programmes. Dual registration is a service offered for EPDs of construction products that are compliant with the EN 15804 standard.

The dual registration means that the logotypes of both programmes and two registration numbers may be carried on the EPD, and that the EPD is published on both www.environdec.com and the IBU website. Having the dual registration offers a market advantage to the EPD owner as the logotypes may have different market recognition.

"We are very happy to see the first dual registration of four EPDs from IBU into the International EPD® System. We expect our collaboration with IBU to be used as a template for similar co-operations across Europe in the future"  - Kristian Jelse, Project Manager at the International EPD® System. 

For more information, please contact Kristian Jelse, Project Manager International EPD® System, kristian@environdec.com, tel. +46 31 708 65 13.

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Dec

9, 2014

Case study: Granarolo

Granarolo

A new case study has been published, for the Italian company Granarolo. Granarolo is one of the largest food-processing companies in Italy with three main areas: milk & cream, yogurt and dairy products.

Dec

5, 2014

Europrofil EPD becomes first with ECO Platform logotype in the International EPD® System

Event in Brussels. Image [c] ECO Platform

The International EPD® System has become an approved programme to use the ECO Platform logotype on EPDs for construction products compliant with the standard EN 15804. To be able to do this, an audit was carried out to ensure that the rules and procedures for verification of the programme were compliant with the EN 15804 and the common quality guidelines by the ECO Platform.

During the audit, a sample EPD from the company Europrofil was also assessed. With the audit completed, the Europrofil EPD for light gauge steel profiles was allowed to use the ECO Platform logotype. This was highlighted during an event in Brussels together with EPDs from other approved programme operators.

The possibility to include the ECO Platform logotype for EN 15804-compliant EPDs for construction products is now available to all companies in the International EPD® System, given that certain requirements are met. The use of the logotype is subject to a fee of €100 per EPD and year. This fee is payed to ECO Platform via the International EPD® System and invoived together with the annual fee. For more information about this option, please contact the Secretariat.