Environmental Product Declaration are 3rd party verified documents prepared by a manufacturer to set out the various environmental impacts of their products in a clear and transparent manner. They need to follow a set of rules set out by the EPD programme operator in that country, and they must be verified by a qualified verifier. They are now considered the basic building blocks for the construction industry to start measuring the embodied environmental impacts of construction.
About the programme
IGBC is currently developing the EPD Ireland programme with the support of EPA Green Enterprise funding. This will allow Irish producers to create an Environmental Product Declaration for their product, using product category rules for Ireland and have it verified and published on a national platform.
Consultation on the EPD Ireland programme.
IGBC has developed two draft documents for consultation with interested parties, which can be downloaded here. These were developed and reviewed by a National product category review panel made up of LCA experts and interested parties with input from a number of international programme operators, and international EPD verifiers. All organisations are listed in the 2nd document.
Document 1 – The Product Category rules : Part A – Implementation and use of I.S. EN 15804:2012 and Cen Tr 16970:2016 in Ireland. Product Category Rules – Part A_July_2017
This sets out the rules for developing EPD in Ireland. This states that I.S. EN 15804:2012  and the associated guidance document CEN TR 16970:2016 must be used together with the supplementary requirements set out in the document including:
- Environmental impact categories that are mandatory for use in the environmental impacts in the Environmental Product Declarations (EPD).
- Resource use categories that are mandatory for inclusion in the EPDs.
- Life cycle stage modules that are mandatory for inclusion in the EPDs.
- Establishes that the Ecoinvent database is the recommended reference database to be used for the environmental impact records developing life cycle assessments (LCA) and EPDs.
- Establishes default values for Module A4, transportation of goods from factory gate to place of use.
- Establishes default values for loss in the form of construction waste.
- Establishes default values for end of life scenarios waste to energy.
Document 2– Programme overview EPD Ireland – Quality assurance compliance with ISO 14025 EPD Ireland programme_ISO14025_Rev A
This document sets out how the EPD Ireland programme will be run in compliance with ISO 14025. It also intends to follow the requirements of the Ecoplatform audit checklist for EPD programme operators. The document sets out the procedures for the EPD Ireland programme, independent review and verification of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), the independence and competencies of verifiers and other rules pertaining to the quality and independence of EPD, in line with the requirements of ISO 14025.
All comments on the documents should be returned before 20th September 2017 to pat( at ) igbc.ie