8 things you might not know about EPDsDon't let these common misunderstandings prevent you from creating EPDs and slow down your progress
8 things you might not know about EPDs
Don’t let these common misunderstandings slow down your progress
Environmental Product Declarations (or EPDs) are a kind of environmental label for your products. Used by certification schemes, investors and green building professionals alike, EPDs are playing an increasingly important role in construction. Indeed, you may already be seeing EPDs specified for your projects or in tender processes. But are you confident you know what’s involved? One Click LCA is on a mission to make carbon transparency understandable and accessible to all. This article aims to dispel some of the most widespread misconceptions about EPDs and product carbon assessments.
1. Creating an EPD is costly and takes too long
By handling the third party verification and publication, and by streamlining the initial data collection, One Click LCA Pre-verified EPD Generator dramatically reduces the time and costs involved too. It cuts down the time it takes to create an EPD from several months to a couple of weeks.
If you just want to generate a carbon footprint for your product – without assessing other types of environmental impacts and without verification or publication – One Click LCA Product Carbon Tool will do just that.
2. EPDs require all kinds of data that I don’t have
One Click LCA provides access to the Ecoinvent database and our database containing over 85,000 data points of both generic data and EPDs.
3. I won’t be able to understand the results
Also, many manufacturers use EPDs to benchmark their progress on the path to improved sustainability. Even without doing a deep dive into the data, it is possible to see which areas are causing the biggest impacts, e.g. transportation or energy consumption during processing. It’s then possible to target those areas for improvement.
4. Generating an EPD will expose sensitive corporate information
Generating an EPD could be likened to an organic bread company gaining certification. The certification reassures consumers that they have followed organic practices but does not reveal ingredients to competitors.
5. I can’t create an EPD because there are no verifiers in my country
With the One Click LCA Pre-verified EPD Generator and One Click LCA Flexible EPD Tool, you can get results calculated for EN 15804+A1 (for ISO 21930 and backward compatibility), EN 15804+A2 and TRACI 2.1, all generated in the same report. This enables all users to be served by the same EPD that is valid 5 years from the date of publishing.
It’s also worth remembering that it’s possible to conduct a product life-cycle assessment and then choose not to verify or publish and EPD. This means you can make your product’s data available to your client, but it will not be published.
6. You have to create a separate EPD for every single product
7. There’s no benefit to me
8. I can't have an EPD, my product has a large environmental impact!
The old adage of what you don’t measure you can’t improve is also true here. By conducting product life-cycle or carbon assessments you can identify where the biggest impacts are created and take steps to improve them.
One Click LCA Product Carbon Tool enables users to change variables, like mode of transport or materials used, to see where improvements can be made which can then be incorporated into the manufacturing process.
Embodied carbon in construction materials contributes 11% to global greenhouse gas emissions and may exceed 230 gigatons by 2060. Decarbonising construction will not happen overnight but, by investing in EPDs, manufacturers can start the journey to more sustainable products.