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International EPD publishes 1,000 declarations – 5,000 construction product EPDs published worldwide

The International EPD System has announced their register now includes one thousand environmental declarations from 37 countries. Half of these were registered in the period 2014-2017, indicating that the interest has grown enormously in recent years.

After construction products, the biggest increase can be seen in the food and groceries category. During the past year, new product categories have also emerged, and EPDs have been declared for trains, aircraft, shoes and elevators.

Jane Anderson, an international EPD expert with thinkstep, has also calculated that there are now 5,000 construction product EPDs verified compliant with EN15804 registered by EPD programmes worldwide. Drivers for this growth are diverse and include:

  • Credits within Sustainable Building Assessment schemes
  • Legislation requiring EPD to support environmental claims about construction products
  • The demand for EPDs to support building level life cycle assessment (LCA).

A great graphic is below. More information on Jane’s blog here

This is further evidence that EPDs are rapidly becoming the accepted norm around the world for businesses to measure and publicly report on the environmental impacts of their products and services.

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