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What is an Environmental Product Declaration?

An EPD is a comprehensive document that transparently communicates how a product affects the environmental from cradle to grave.

It is a TYPE III ecolabel as per ISO 14025. It quantifies environmental information about a product’s life cycle, allowing comparisions between products that serve the same function.

EPDs are built upon the principles of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

Benefits of EPDs

EPDs serve several critical purposes:

What's inside an EPD?

An EPD report typically contains the following information:

  1. Product Details: Brand, product name, and category.
  2. Life Cycle Stages: Details about raw material extraction, manufacturing, transportation, use, and end-of-life considerations.
  3. Environmental Performance Calculations: Metrics related to energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and more.
  4. Sustainable Practices: Information on sustainable practices associated with the product.
  5. Summary Tables: These summarize environmental results across different markets.

Creating an EPD: The Framework

Creating an EPD involves several steps:

  1. Product Category Rules (PCRs): These are specific rules verified by an independent panel. They define how to assess a product category. PCRs ensure consistency in comparing similar products.
  2. Life Cycle Inventory (LCI): Gather data on the product’s life cycle. Reliable sources are crucial.
  3. Life Cycle Environmental Impact Analysis (LCIA): LCA experts analyze the data using software and assessment tools.
  4. Verification and Publication: The EPD undergoes verification reviews and is then ready for registration and publication.

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