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Product Category Rules (PCR) for all packaging to be developed

The International EPD System has announced the start of the process to develop Product Category Rules (PCR) for all consumer and distribution packaging.

Packaging is a hot topic worldwide. Overpackaging, the logistics of returnable and reusable packaging as well as end-of-life considerations (from biodegradability, recyclability, incineration or landfill) all must be reported and assessed for their impacts. Markets also require a reliable comparing methodology within a common set of rules and PCRs provide this essential role in the EPD system.

This packaging PCR will be particularly relevant in Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand has seen an exponential increase in “sustainable” packaging companies and products on the market in response to several drivers but perhaps largely from the Packaging Accord (2004). Whilst in Australia the Australian Packaging Covenant continues to drive improvements in sustainable packaging. Australasian EPDs which will be able to be developed and published with this new PCR will be an invaluable tool for the packaging industry in Australasia.

The PCR will be developed with a modular approach for the life cycle stages and the system boundaries definition. Technical characteristics relevant for any packaging purpose will serve as guidelines for defining the declared unit, extendable to functional unit to include intended use, use phase and end-of-life. This will allow the use of the PCR for virtually all packaging products.

The PCR development timeline anticipates open consultation starting in September 2018 with a publication date of April 2019.

If you would like to get involved or know more see here or, for contact detail of the appointed PCR moderator, contact the Australasian EPD Secretariat.

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