Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) are used to communicate the environmental impacts of products to purchasing decision makers. These 12-15 page “environmental nutritional labels” are customer-facing documents that disclose the environmental performance of products.
EPDs are product transparency documents that combine life cycle assessment science with corporate strategy. Our role is to manage your EPD program from both perspectives and ensure that the disclosed information is accurate, credible, relevant and protects proprietary information.
There are two key elements to each EPD. The Life Cycle Assessment and the EPD Strategy.
The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
The EPD process starts with a Life Cycle Assessment. A Life Cycle Assessment is a full evaluation of environmental impacts across a product's entire value chain, from supply chain through end of life.
The LCA process is guided by a Product Category Rule (PCR), which defines the elements that must be included in the LCA and defines the required content in the EPD. Each LCA and EPD goes on to be verified and reviewed by a third party to ensure conformity with the PCR.
We provide a complete LCA package that starts with selecting the appropriate and relevant PCR for your product, conducting the Life Cycle Assessment, managing data collection from suppliers, and selecting the most representative material databases. At the end of each LCA, we help explain the results, what they mean, and how to use them.
In addition to the Life Cycle Assessment work, we also help define your EPD strategy.
Our EPD Strategies focus on four items:
- Efficiency - We gain an understanding of your product offering and develop EPD program options designed to capture the maximum number of products for the minimum cost. We standardize the process so that updates due to formulation or supplier changes can be integrated efficiently.
Communications - Based on your product’s EPD performance, and those disclosed by your competitors, we help you strategize how to tell your product’s environmental story, develop credible marketing materials, and craft messages for your website. We will train your sales force on how to effectively use EPDs.
Continual Improvement - Continual improvement is part of the EPD process. We work with your product development teams to explain the results of your Life Cycle Assessment, highlight areas for improvement within your EPD, and evaluate different products as part of future product development.
Context - The LCA and EPD process includes a massive amount of information. Our role is to help you understand the context of each process and keep you focused on the things that matter.
Our role is to maximize your investment in product transparency by helping meet customer demand through LEED v4. We minimize the impact of the new process on your already busy schedule.