Are you considering of developing an Environmental Product Declaration under EPD Ireland Programme for your building product?
The first step to developing an EPD is the Life Cycle Assessment Study of the product, carried out by an LCA consultant. In this blog post we will explain you how you can get financial assistance from Enterprise Ireland with this first step.
The 2019 Government Climate action plan, sets out in Action no. 36 to “Prioritise decarbonisation as part of enterprise agency strategies and drive the decarbonisation agenda across their respective client bases” A sub action of this is for Enterprise Ireland namely to
“Seek to grow the number of client companies engaging in supports for Environmental Product Declaration initiatives “
To help deliver this action Enterprise Ireland has Green Start and Green Plus programmes. The aim of these programmes is to help companies incorporate sustainable practices into their business. Specifically for developing EPD these programmes will fund professional expertise to :
- understand LCA and environmental foot printing
- use an LCA tool to analyse and reduce the impact of your product.
- monitor and improve your environmental performance
Applying for these grants, SME companies can cover most of the cost of developing an LCA with a consultant:
- up to 80% support (Green Start, if the overall LCA project cost up to €6,500)
- up to 50% support (Green Plus, if the overall LCA project cost > €6,500 up to €100,000).
Once you have developed an LCA for your product the next steps are quick and easy, namely have the LCA verified through the EPD Ireland programme and publish the EPD under the EN 15804 EPD standard.
SMEs will need to use a provider from the directory of Lean, Green and Specialist service providers.
Enter the search terms “Life Cycle Assessment” (Product Environmental Footprint – Construction) to find providers who can carry out the initial LCA of your products, and select an EPD provider from these results. The link above leads to the list of professionals.
So, what are you waiting for? Read more about the programmes here and apply!
For more information, contact your Enterprise Ireland Adviser. If you are not a client of Enterprise Ireland, please contact your local Enterprise Ireland regional office. For general enquiries contact the Green Team.
Did you know IGBC is mainstreaming sustainable buildings in Europe through aligning certifications, skills, and public procurement with LCA, LCC and IAQ components of Level(s)? Read more here.
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