Environmental Product Declarations
EPDs: Environmental Product Declarations
An EPD - Environmental Product Declaration - details the environmental effects of building products based on a life cycle assessment (LCA). It is created by the manufacturer and then reviewed by an independent third party on the basis of ISO 14025 and EN 15804. EPDs are Type III declarations as per the International Organization for Standardization. The aim of these declarations is to inform decision makers and consumers about the environmental impact of the product and to move us along the path of sustainable development.
EPDs are widely used in the construction sector, mainly to perform LCAs of buildings or to compare different functionally equivalent products (according to EN 15804).
EPDs are crucial for sustainable building certifications like LEED, BREEAM, DGNB, BNB, or HQE, and are now being introduced into national regulations for construction (e.g. in France). For manufacturers, EPDs also highlight the optimisation potential over the lifetime of the product in order to optimise resources and decrease impacts, resulting in a low-impact built environment and life cycle cost-effectiveness.
ArcelorMittal Europe has launched an ambitious programme to publish EPDs and provide construction product data in order to demonstrate our commitment to sustainable building deployment all over the world.