environmental product declaration Articles

  • Environmental product declaration - Case study

    Industry-wide EPDs boost brand value while driving innovation. This case study looks at three trade associations that have worked with thinkstep to chart the path for industry-wide EPDs. Life cycle-based EPDs have been adopted as a recognized tool for disclosing the environmental impact of products in all major green building schemes around the world. Just as nutrition labels are required on ...


    By thinkstep

  • What classifies as water pollution and why is it an issue?

    The UN declared 2005-2015 as the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’. Yet each day thousands of people still die as a result of contaminated water. This does not even take into account the millions of organisms that perish every year thank to polluted water sources. Water pollution is a huge issue that is made more so by the fact that unfortunately, water is ...


    By Aquaread Limited

  • Two Cases of Misleading Environmental Declarations Due to System Boundary Choices

    Abstract Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) on electricity and nitrogen fertiliser are used to illustrate how a declaration or labelling* based on data from the current supply chain can be misleading when the production capacity in the supply chain is constrained. Three ways of avoiding such misleading declarations are suggested. Introduction: The cause of ...


    By 2.-0 LCA consultants

  • Environmental product attributes in end-of-life management in the UK. Part I: an end-of-life eco-declaration for waste IT and office equipment

    The focus of this paper and its companion (Part II) is to identify producer responsibility associated with the proposed Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive and the need for greater information about the environmental attributes of electrical and electronic equipment to facilitate end-of-life management of discarded products. Recently, a wide-ranging debate has started ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • New Rules for PEP ecopassport® Product Environmental Profiles

    The PEP ecopassport® Association Steering Committee approved the 3rd edition of its Product Category Rules (PCR) on April 2, 2015. This new edition updates existing guidance, improves clarity, ensures consistency in the Product Environmental Profiles (PEPs) being delivered, and harmonizes with updated market requirements. Environmental assessments, increasingly ...


    By SGS

  • Lower Cost, Higher Environmental Performance Products: Dematerialising Furniture

     Basic Information For more than a decade, industrial designer Jan Dranger carried out an enormous amount of research and development work aimed at creating a totally new concept in furniture which is comfortable, inexpensive, durable, and environmentally sound. The breakthrough came in 1993 when a solution was patented that had all the desired qualities. Seeing the commercial potential, ...


  • How “Green” is a Product? Growing Market for Environmentally Friendly Products Creates Interest in EPDs and PCRs

    There was a time when environmentalism was a fringe issue, confined to a few countries and a limited spectrum of society. However, growing awareness of the consequences of poor environmental practices, as well as positive examples of the benefits of better environmental practices, has helped reshape the public’s views. Now, in varying degrees, environmental awareness and concern are ...


    By ASTM International

  • The New Environmental Insurance Products: When Does it Make Sense to Buy Them?

     Part One Introduction Real estate transactions with environmental problems often founder on attempts to shift the liabilities from one party to the other. In transactions with other types of problems, insurance is a popular risk transfer mechanism,  and is regularly used for that purpose, but it is used far less often when there are environmental risks. This so-called ...

  • Nutrition Labels for Products

    In today’s competitive marketplace, providing a verified EPD can help your product stand out as more sustainable. Here’s how to get it done. You know your product is environmentally friendly. It’s more sustainable because your company has reduced resource use and improved the product’s recyclability. There’s a way to show that: take advantage of the ASTM ...


    By ASTM International

  • EPD 2.0 – Pathway to product innovation

    Building products manufacturers increasingly use LCA based information for their environmental communication. This is because ISO 14025 based Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) provide an ideal format and verification structure to deliver objective, transparent information. The EPDs themselves are used both in marketing and communication and in building assessment schemes (e.g. DGBN, LEED, ...


    By thinkstep

  • Environmental product attributes in end-of-life management in the UK. Part II: problems encountered with informational systems for the management of end-of-life IT and office equipment

    The focus of this paper and its companion (Part I) is to identify producer responsibility associated with the proposed Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive and the need for greater information about the environmental attributes of electrical and electronic equipment to facilitate end-of-life management of discarded products. Part II Data were gathered from a series of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • What is Environmental Restoration?

    The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Environmental Restoration Program directs the assessment and cleanup of inactive sites and surplus facilities contaminated from previous defense and non-defense-related programs. All cleanup activities must comply with federal, state, Indian Nation, and local laws and regulations. In completing environmental restoration activities, DOE is committed to ...

  • What does the RoHS certification mean for OTT products?

    The EU Directive 2011/65 / EU is intended to limit the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. Since 22 July 2017 the RoHS regulation is applicable to monitoring and control instruments, including OTT devices and sensors. From this point onwards, we must have a RoHS certification for all devices and sensors. As of 22 July, RoHS is also a compulsory part of the CE ...


    By The OTT Hydromet Group

  • Environmental Footprint - a game changer in sustainability?

    One of the potential hot topics for the near future is the Environmental Footprint. Do you think that this is becoming a game changer in sustainability? How are companies preparing for this? Ramon Arratia, Sustainability Director EMEAI, Interface. ...


    By thinkstep

  • The Wheels of Integrated Product Policy Grind Slow

    Integrated product policy had an innovative feel when it appeared on the EU's environmental agenda in the late 1990s. But after much in-fighting and business lobbying, the White Paper on IPP issued by the European Commission in June proved disappointingly thin, and unlikely to make any significant impact on the market until the end of the decade at best. 'Fundamental changes in the way societies ...

  • Compostable Plastics And Environmental Marketing Claims

    According to a bottled water survey conducted by Perception Research Services International (PRS) for Brand Packaging published in August 2011, where shoppers were interviewed in person to gain some insights on marketing claims, environmental and recycling messages were misunderstood and not even noticed by a majority of consumers interviewed. In fact, only 50 out of 200 shoppers even noticed the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Full Product Transparency - Launch of the Australasian EPD Programme

    Since 2 September 2014 New Zealand and Australia has its own Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Programme. The Australasian EPD® Programme is a verification scheme allowing product manufacturers to communicate their environmental credentials to customers. Trans-Tasman success “The Australasian EPD Programme is an ...


    By thinkstep

  • What does the soon mandatory RoHS certification mean for Lufft products?

    Up to now RoHS wasn’t mandatory for us because we were affected by an exception rule concerning monitoring and control instruments. This exception will end on July 22, 2017 meaning that all products on the market need to be compliant with the RoHS regulations henceforward. If we couldn’t ensure this, we aren’t allowed to further sell and export them. As an environmental ...

  • Integration of the environment in product design by a learning process: proposal for a piloting tool

    To integrate the environment in product design is not a recent idea. However, in spite of all the declarations made in this domain, it remains difficult to know and to evaluate the environmental qualities of a product, and therefore to know a fortiori if a particular product is better than another one. Without separating the question of the adequacy of available resources from the problems to be ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Green Procurement: Good Environmental Stories for North America

    Untitled Document Executive Summary Many organizations worldwide are making an effort to purchase products and services that are less harmful to local and ...

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