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WP4 – Task 4.4 LCA Activities 1. WP4 – Main Objectives To evaluate the applicability for the Eco-label and/or for Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

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1 WP4 – Task 4.4 LCA Activities 1

2 WP4 – Main Objectives To evaluate the applicability for the Eco-label and/or for Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) To analyse the current Product Groups and related Criteria for the award of the Eco-label or related PCR for EPD To perform the LCA studies To prepare the technical documents needed to support the application of Eco-label or EPD

3 WP4 – Contents EcoPlasBrick panel general description LCA – Phases LCA – Goal and scope LCA – Inventory Analysis (LCI) LCA – Impact Assessment (LCIA) LCA – Interpretation Technical documentation for EDP Deliverable D4.2 Deliverable D4.3 November 2013 January 2014 Deliverable D4.4 June 2014

4 LCA PhaseReportDeliveryStatus Goal and Scope Definition D4.2 D November 2013 Inventory analysis D November 2013 Models preparation Impact assessmentD November 2013 InterpretationD4.331 January 2014 Technical documentation for Environmental Product Declaration D4.4June 2014 Ongoing WP4 – Deliverables

5 Deliverable D4.4 - ToC Environmental Labels and Declarations o ISO – Type I – Eco-labels o ISO – Type II – Self Declared Environmental Claims o ISO – Type III – EPD Specific Product Category Rule (PCR) [Appendix A] -> PCR to be submitted to SEMCo (if necessary) LCA update according to GPI 2.01 [Appendix B] -> Updated LCA Pre-certification Report [Appendix C] -> Document compliant to SEMCo requirements o Product related info (short summary) o Environmental performance o Additional info

6 Environmental Labels and Declarations Type I ISO Type II ISO Type III ISO It establishes the principles and procedures (product categories, product environmental criteria and product function characteristics) for assessing and demonstrating compliance (certification procedures) to award a label It deals with all environmental claims voluntarily made for products and therefore self-declared It establishes principles and procedures for issuing quantified environmental info about products, based on life-cycle data, presenting the environmental performance of a product (EPD)

7 Type III ISO EPD is a credible and transparent tool for communicating the environmental impact of any type of product EPD is a report of environmental sustainability related to a product EPD is based on a qualified certification body green audit EPD is developed setting up LCA studies according to ISO standards( verified by an independent third party) and SEMCo program EPD is a unique and comprehensive statement of a product’s environmental impact, considering its creation, distribution, and use to disposal

8 EPD is a verified document that reports environmental data of products based on life cycle assessment (LCA) and other relevant information and in accordance with the international standard ISO (Type III Environmental Declarations) The International EPD® System is a programme for Type III environmental declarations, maintaining a system to verify and register EPD®s as well as keeping a library of EPD®s and PCRs in accordance with ISO Type III ISO 14025

9 To Create an Environmental Product Declaration according to the International EPD® System consists in the following steps: 1.Find or create relevant PCR document for the product category 2.Perform LCA studies based on PCR 3.Compiling environmental information in the EPD reporting format 4.Verification and Certification 5.Registration and publication Type III ISO 14025

10 1.Find or create relevant PCR document for the product category For comparability, an EPD is based on valid Product Category Rules (PCR) document. If a relevant PCR does not exist, it shall be created. The International EPD® System also includes the possibility for pre-certification of EPDs as a step in the process to develop PCRs. PCR documents already exist for many product groups and are developed continuously. In the PCR database of the International EPD System, available PCR documents and PCR documents under preparation may be found. Type III ISO 14025

11 Ecoplasbrick: A PCR relevant for Ecoplasbrick panel is under development and it is expected to be issued by Envirodec (SEMCo) on 1 st July 2014

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13 The revision also takes into account the PCR for Construction products and construction services (CPC 54), which serve also as PCR basic module, and EN standard (Core rules for the product category of construction products)

14 Draft PCR (for insulation material) is waiting for the CPC code specific for this topic Once PCR will be approved and published the next step is to check if Ecoplasbrick panel is covered by the final PCR: If YES – to update LCA according to this final PCR If NO – a new draft PCR specific for the Ecoplasbrick product will be created Type III ISO 14025

15 1.Find or create relevant PCR document for the product category Type III ISO PCR are documents that define the rules and requirements for EPDs of a certain product category They are vital for the concept of environmental declarations according to ISO as they enable transparency and comparability between different EPDs based on the same PCR Companies can participate in PCR development and provide comments on PCRs available on open consultation Product Category Rules (PCR)

16 1.Find or create relevant PCR document for the product category Type III ISO Product Category Rules (PCR) PCR documents shall be developed in an internationally-accepted manner based on open, transparent and participatory process by: Companies and organisations in co-operation with other parties, such as branch and interest organisations Institutions involving LCA experts in close cooperation with companies or branch and interest organisations Single companies or organisations in case they have the necessary in-house competence or choose to engage outside LCA/EPD experts

17 1.Find or create relevant PCR document for the product category Type III ISO Product Category Rules (PCR) Developing PCR is a procedure containing the following phases: Initiation phase Preparation phase Consultation phase Approval and publication phase Updating phase

18 2.Perform LCA studies based on PCR When creating an EPD, the environmental performance of the product/service shall be described from a life cycle perspective. Collecting LCA data to be included in the declaration is a core activity in the process of creating an EPD with the following for basic prerequisites: To be compliant with ISO standards and To follow the general purpose of EPDs, the collection of data, methods and assumptions as per ISO standard and described in the General Programme Instructions To be in line with the PCRs, for the product category of interest Type III ISO 14025

19 3.Compiling environmental information in the EPD reporting format EPD can include other types of relevant information in addition to the LCA-based data The common layout of EPDs is usually divided into separate parts, including: Programme-related information Product-related information Content declaration Environmental performance-related information Additional information Mandatory statements Type III ISO 14025

20 4.Verification and Certification It is essential for the market acceptance of EPD that the data and other environmental information given are considered reliable and trustworthy therefore the EPD (and its data) should be subject for an independent verification and official registration: EPD Verification (most common alternative): verification of LCA-based data, additional environmental information and the EPD®, conducted by a recognized individual verifier or an accredited certification body EPD Process Certification: verification of an internal organisation process aimed at developing EPD®s according to the General Programme Instructions. Only accredited certification bodies are allowed to certify an EPD Process Type III ISO 14025

21 5.Registration and publication After verification, EPDs shall be registered and published on the web site. The following documents shall accompany an EPD® application: The final verified EPD® (word or PDF document) in one or multiple languages. If the EPD® document is not available in English, a summary in English with the main content of the EPD® shall also be provided Registration form for EPD® Verification statement in English as provided by the verifier A short product description in English A high resolution picture of the declared product or service The company logotype (only needed in the case of first EPD registration) Type III ISO 14025

22 An EPD is valid for three years after which the declaration must necessarily be revised and reissued When the EPD is published, the logotype of the system may be used A registration fee is to be paid for registration and certification of EPDs and pre-certified EPDs. The annual fee is to be paid per organization, and covers all EPDs registered by that organization Additional Information Type III ISO 14025

23 Deliverable D4.4 - ToC Environmental Labels and Declarations o ISO – Type I – Eco-labels o ISO – Type II – Self Declared Environmental Claims o ISO – Type III – EPD Specific Product Category Rule (PCR) [Appendix A] -> PCR to be submitted to SEMCo (if necessary) LCA update according to GPI 2.01 [Appendix B] -> Updated LCA Pre-certification Report [Appendix C] -> Document compliant to SEMCo requirements o Product related info (short summary) o Environmental performance o Additional info WORK IN PROGRESS

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25 Daniela Reccardo


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