An Environmental Product Declaration, EPD®, is a verified document that reports environmental data of products based on life cycle assessment (LCA), Product Category Rules, and in accordance with the international standard ISO 14025 (Type III Environmental Declarations), giving them wide-spread international acceptance.
The EPD® logo type and the acronym EPD® are registered trademarks within the European Union and use of them within the EU is therefore only allowed for certified EPDs within the International EPD® System.
The Australasian EPD® Programme was established by ALCAS (Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society) and LCANZ (Life Cycle Association of New Zealand), based on the framework set up by the International EPD® System. All EPD®s in the Australasian EPD® Programme are published within the International EPD® System, for global alignment and market visibility.
What’s the Purpose and Benefits of an EPD ?
The overall goal of an EPD® is to provide relevant and verified information to meet various communication needs. An important aspect of EPD® is to provide the basis of a fair comparison of products and services by their environmental performance. The methodology includes all relevant environmental impacts starting from the production of the raw material, to production, use of the product, through to the end of life (cradle-to-grave) eg raw material extraction, transportation to converters, converting process, transport to trench, construction, use and end of life.
EPDs are increasingly recognized in international markets and being demanded within procurement processes. Green rating tools recognize EPDs, such as the Green Star tool of the Green Building Council Australia, which includes EPD Innovation Credits and LEED v4
An EPD ensures that you can effectively communicate your environmental credentials to your clients and avoids risks associated with unsubstantiated environmental claims (e.g. greenwash).
Georg Fischer has prepared five EPD’s for PE, PP, PVC, PVDF and PB plastic pipe systems in line with EN 15804 “Sustainability of construction works – environmental product declarations – Core rules for the product category of construction products”