ALCAS is looking to introduce new ECO-EPD program to Australia
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are becoming a global
currency for environmental claims with Green Building rating
schemes globally and the market place in Europe increasingly
demanding EPDs for building products.
As ALCAS is Australia's peak professional body relating to life
cycle assessment, management and thinking, the Board will be
considering ALCAS introducing an Australian modified version of the
new European ECO-EPD platform into Australia. In doing so ALCAS
would become the National Registrar for EPDs and, importantly, the
Product Category Rulesthat sit behind EPDs to ensure consistency
and comparability between EPDs.
The ECO-EPD program is underpinned by the new EU Norm EN 15804.
Since late last year, when the EPD programs from 25 different
organisations representing 17 European countries (including
Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands,
Norway, Portugal, Sweden and Spain) signed an MoU they have been
working together to establish a pan-European EPD Platform, ECO-EPD.
Signatories to the MoU also include numerous national Green
The ECO Platform aims to initiate the development of a uniform
European core EPD. The basis for this is the technically finalised
work on environmental standards produced by the European
Standardisation Committee (CEN/TC 350) as part of the standardised
methods forassessing the sustainability of buildings. European
standards governing the sustainability of buildings require the
construction material EPDs to be applied for evaluating ecological
building quality during building certification.
In moving forward with this idea, ALCAS and LCANZ (Life Cycle
Association New Zealand) are in discussion to develop an
Australasian Registry to ensure trans-Tasman consistency.
According to David Baggs ALCAS President, 'This is an important
initiative that ALCAS and LCANZ are considering, it would ensure
that all EPDs performed in Australia and New Zealand are compatible
with those in the EU. This should facilitate the export of our
manufactured goods into the EU, the world's largest single
marketplace, with a GDP of nearly USD$18 trillion. It would also
facilitate local markets, in particular the green building sector.
Utilising EPDs increases the focus on life cycle assessment in
The process to introduce the ECO-EPD Program is set to move
quite quickly following the finalisation of the work to rationalise
the various EPD standards in the EU by the middle of February 2012.
Then a process of ensuring the model PCRs are relevant to
Australasian market conditions would begin.
For an interview with David Baggs President Australian Life
Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) please call Rilke Muir: True Words
Divined, 0424 468 486 (or +61 424468486)
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