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Environmental Product Declarations

Environmental Product Declarations

What is an Environmental Product Declaration?

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a document which provides information about a product or service, including information about its environmental impact. The information about its environmental impact is based on a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA, follow this link for more on LCAs).

EPDs are becoming the standard globally for manufacturers/vendors for communicating the environmental impact of their products or services so that buyers can make informed purchasing decisions. The EPD® acronym is a registered trademarks within the European Union.

What is the difference between a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)?

A LCA is a key input into an EPD. However, an EPD also includes other information, such as information about the company which manufactures the product. Importantly, all EPDs have to be prepared in a standardised way (to ISO 14025) and the input into an EPD has been verified by a third party. As a result, you can generally trust the information in an EPD and EPDs are comparable for two similar products.

LCAs that are used as an inputs for EPDs also follow a standardised approach. However, there are also LCAs that are prepared in their own right and not all of them follow a recognised standard.

Why aren’t EPDs printed on every product?

EPDs contain too much information to print on the packaging of most consumer products . Also, they use a lot of technical jargon. However, that’s where envormation comes in. envormation summarises and ‘translates’ EPDs into simple language that anyone can understand and that doesn’t take an hour to read.

More on EPDs here.

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