The next wave of environmental information will be based on EPD’s (Environmental Production Declaration). EPD’s are a great idea as long as they are fully transparent. EPD’s are based on PCR’s (Product Category Rules) and manufacturers that have already published EPD’s appropriately following the relevant PCR. The PCR they follow was established by a panel moderated by Five Winds International with participation by the following trade organizations – ECRA, GUT, EPLF, ERFMI, and TFI and was 3rd party reviewed by IBU. The PCR follows LCA methodology with two major exceptions, the exclusion of eco-toxicity and human health and toxicity impact categories. This is only included in the PCR in product emissions and use, it does not account for production impacts or product chemical composition.
We strongly question this position.
For most of us, interest in sustainability issues revolve primarily from these two impact categories. Whether it is the contamination and pollution of the eco-system, or their associated impacts on human health, these issues, measured in an LCA by eco-toxicity and human health and toxicity impact categories are what represent our very interest.
Our interest is not to be against one EPD or another, but to get true transparency of relevant information represented in the PCR. As trade organizations leverage these initial PCR standards globally, compromising opportunities for legitimate progress in the sustainability of floor coverings, we feel it is important to raise the visibility now.
We will do this in a two-fold approach:
1. In our publication of our EPD’s (scheduled for Greenbuild 2012), which are done to the same PCR, we will also include our eco-toxicity and human health and toxicity impacts in support of full disclosure and transparency.
2. We will refuse to support the PCR developed by the North America flooring trade associations until such impacts are included.