An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is an independently verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of products. These declarations provide a reliable, relevant, transparent, comparable and verifiable environmental profile and highlight environmentally friendly products based on life cycle assessments (LCA), in accordance with international standards and quantifiable environmental data.
The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) forming the basis of the EPDs must be conducted in accordance with specific Product Category Rules (PCR) published as technical standards or by a recognized programme (e.g. the international EPD System). These PCRs guarantee a set of coherent criteria for a family of products with equivalent functions, in accordance with International Standard ISO 14025, ISO 14040/14044, and other relevant standards or methodology guides, which establish the requirements that must be met by these Environmental Declarations, including third-party verification.