The Stepwise EPD concept
What is an environmental product declaration?
Environmental Product Declaration, EPD, presents independently verified data on
environmental aspects and impacts of a product throughout its life cycle.
What is a Stepwise EPD?
A Stepwise EPD (Environmental
Product Declaration), is an initial EPD with simplified data collection and
review. It is a first step to participation in national or international Type
III environmental declaration programmes according to ISO 14025.
What is the difference between a Stepwise EPD and a real
In short, making an EPD involves making:
1) an initial or streamlined life cycle assessment;
2) rules for how the
life cycle assessment should be made together with interested parties;
detailed life cycle assessment; and
4) an external verification.
EPD only consists of step 1 and a simplified version of step 4. Thus,
Stepwise EPD is a cost-effective way of trying out to work with EPDs.
But it does not go the whole way of engaging your interested parties in the
process, ie step 2, and making a detailed life cycle assessment, which often
means involving your suppliers, ie step 3.
How long is a Stepwise EPD valid?
A Stepwise EPD is valid
for two years. This means that the next step into an EPD-programme should be
taken within two years. The above questions, and others, are also raised in a
brochure aimed at users of EPD information. Download