Chains of Mutual Recognition for EPD?


UL Environment and BRE have just announced a Memorandum of Understanding which will jointly recognize each other’s Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to EN 15804.  Read the full press release here.

Whereas the Eco Platform allows member EPD programmes to list their EPD in a common area (often the easiest way to find EPD from programmes with unhelpful websites), mutual recognition means that EPD can be rebadged with the familiar appearance of the other EPD programme, often providing specific data for that national market.

UL Environment have had mutual recognition for EPD with the German IBU EPD programme since 2014, and IBU already have MoU with EPD NorgeEPD Danmark and the new Turkish EPD programme to recognise each others EPD and have listed a number of International EPD from the Swedish scheme. The International EPD scheme has itself recently launched an alliance with the new Australasian EPD scheme which will be based on International EPD, and a similar relationship exists with the Czech and Turkish EPD schemes.

MUTUAL RECOGNITION

So the question is, whether manufacturers with EPD from the German, Norwegian, Danish, Turkish, Czech, Australasian and International EPD programmes will be able to use the mutual recognition agreements with IBU, and then with UL Environment, and then with BRE to get mutual recognition within the BRE EN 15804 Verified EPD programme?  And will it work the other way round?

To see some examples of EPD which have taken advantage of mutual recognition, look at the IBU page.

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Co-author Green Guide to Specification, expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), EPDs and sustainability for the construction materials sector Researching Building LCA and how we can increase uptake at the Open University. Tweets as @constructionlca
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