The Stepwise EPD project

The overall objective of this EU-funded CRAFT-project was to develop a method for stepwise environmental product declarations suitable for SMEs, so that also smaller companies can join emerging markets for “environmentally superior” products and services. The project was executed during 2005 and 2006.

Consumers and purchasers preferences for environmentally friendly products is the major driving force for companies to reflect upon ways to green their products. Therefore environmental product declarations, EPDs, and other forms of credible eco-labelling are absolutely essential. However, it is percieved as difficult and time-consuming for smaller companies to make an EPD. The project has therefore developed a method for stepwise EPD that already at early steps and at low cost can be used in marketing and eco-design.

The aim is that the Stepwise EPD method should be a way to make a first low-cost step into any national or international EPD programme. The method was tested in ten SMEs in Denmark, Latvia, Portugal and Sweden. Research institutes in respective country assisted the SMEs with the life cycle assessment and the EPD.  The assumption that doing an EPD furthers both sales, through opening for green marketing possibilities, and product environmental performance, through identifying eco-design options, was investigated and discussed.

The following companies and organisations participated in the project:
Swerea IVF AB,
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute Ltd.,
Husqvarna Prototyper AB,
Mercatus Engineering AB
Etac AB,
2.-0 LCA consultants,
Melitek A/S,
Stockholm School of Economics in Riga
Konto Ltd
Polisport Lda
Concretope-Fábrica de Betão Pronto Lda from Portugal,
The Swedish Environmental Management Council
Vattenfall Generation Nordic Countries


Paper about the Stepwise EPD project

The paper "Stepwise Environmental Product Declarations - Ten case studies", summarizing project results, is now published and available electronically in the Journal of Cleaner Production. Access to the full text of the article depends on your personal or institutional entitlements.

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