Environmental Product Declarations
Delivering your Environmental Product Declarations from project inception to verification and publication.
EPD stands for Environmental Product Declaration. It is a complete overview of what a product is made of and the environmental impacts over its lifecycle – from raw material extraction to end of life.
EPDs enable comparisons to be made between products that fulfil similar functions and must be based on underlying Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) compliant with the ISO 14025, 14040/44 series of standards (amongst others).
An EPD is an independently verified document of a product’s environmental performance throughout its lifecycle and is primarily used to communicate environmental information between businesses. However, environmentally focused consumers may refer to EPDs to help them make informed decisions when choosing which products or services to buy.
Companies that choose to make EPDs also use them to meet sustainability goals and demonstrate commitments to reduce environmental impacts to their customers and other stakeholders.
EPDs support carbon emission reduction by making it possible for businesses and consumers to compare the environmental impacts of different materials and products.
For those looking to make environmentally informed purchases, an EPD is one of the most trustworthy, transparent, and comparable ways to make the right choice.
How Valpak can help
We offer a flexible approach to delivering EPDs, taking clients seamlessly through the entire EPD journey from project inception, goal and scope definition, data collection, and environmental impact modelling (LCA), to verification and publication of an EPD.
Our team produces high-quality outputs, which are explained in detail as the project progresses. We will:
- engage with EPD programme operators on your behalf
- help you promote your commitment to sustainability with an EPD that provides a competitive advantage, so your customers can make informed decisions when choosing your products instead of alternative suppliers
- ensure the information in your EPD is transparent, credible, verified, and understood by your business so that it can be used to measure and report your progress toward sustainability goals and enhanced environmental performance
- develop your EPD to ensure opportunities for improving environmental performance both in your business and its supplier networks are highlighted, to maximise environmental benefits and cost savings
An EPD is standardised with specific rules and methodologies for different product categories, which must be verified by an independent expert.
There are two types of verifiers that may carry out this process – Accredited Certification Bodies and Approved Individual Verifiers.
Once an EPD is complete it must be submitted to an EPD programme operator and publication service. Published declarations can then be used to compare the environmental performance of a product with that of other products in the same category group.
They are valid for five years; therefore, they must be reviewed after this period or when significant changes occur during the period.
EPDs are developed using Life Cycle Assessment methodologies that must be completed to ISO 14025, ISO 14040, and ISO 14044. Other standards may also be relevant, for example, the EN15804 +A2:2019 standard for construction products.
EPDs need to conform to these standards and must provide a quantitative basis so that the environmental impacts of products from different manufacturers can be compared.
EPDs are produced using a specific set of product category rules (PCRs) and once complete (and verified) a short EPD report is published based on the LCA report. The EPD report is simple to read and easier to use to communicate the environmental performance of your products to your customers.
EPDs enable reductions in carbon emissions by making it possible for businesses and consumers to compare the environmental impacts of different materials and products.
For those looking to make environmentally informed purchases, an EPD is one of the most trustworthy, transparent, and comparable ways to make the right choices.
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If you are looking for help to complete EPDs for your products, please complete our online enquiry form.