Shaping the future: automated EPD creation

key summary
  • Replacing a complex process: Currently, manufacturers aiming to showcase their environmental impact through EPDs face challenges due to the complex, time-consuming, and costly nature of the process.
  • Automated EPD generation implies that software handles data collection and lifecycle assessment, which reduces the reliance on manual verification. It streamlines interaction, enhances data utility for product development and sales, and ensures transparency and scalability.

Many manufacturers, that desire to showcase their environmental impact consider doing so with Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). Without proper resources and expertise, the process of creating an EPD is complex, time-consuming, and often costly.

EPDs are subjected to numerous regulations and standards, necessitating either in-house expertise or the engagement of external consultants to develop them.

The initial option consumes valuable time and resources as the EPD creation process is refined, while the second option proves costly and lacks transparency. The game-changing solution lies in EPD automation.

Automation is revolutionising EPD creation, offering optimised, cost-effective and transparent solutions to help you visualise your environmental impact and stay ahead in a competitive market.

Challenging the status quo

Automation of EPD processes saves time and costs

The creation of an EPD consists of the following key steps:

  1. Coordination: Determining whether to undertake EPD creation internally or through outsourcing.
  2. Collection of relevant data: Gathering recipe, supplier and energy data from systems
  3. Lifecycle assessment: Crafting the lifecycle assessment in accordance with relevant norms.
  4. Composition of the Background Report and EPD: Drafting comprehensive documentation spanning 30-60 pages describing the process.
  5. Verification by a third party: Engaging a third party to corroborate the calculations and assumptions.
  6. Publication and Distribution: Sharing the EPD upon request from stakeholders.

Automating the EPD creation involves using software to handle data collection and conduct lifecycle assessments, effectively reducing the need for extensive manual verification. Depending on the level of automation, verification can be completely avoided or significantly shortened.

Automating the EPD creation means that…

  • Data collection and lifecycle assessment is done by software.
  • The verification step is eliminated after verifying the EPD software.
  • Your primary interaction is with the software itself, eliminating the need to initially engage with a consultant, wait for their response, and then repeat the process with an EPD verification service.
  • Data can be used for product development, sales and improvement tracking.

This results in a substantial reduction in both time and cost when it comes to producing and publishing validated EPDs. The process is transparent and future-proof.

What is pre-verification

For an Environmental Product Declaration to be valid it has to be verified by a third party, to ensure its credibility and correctness.

Pre-verification in the context of an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) tool entails a thorough testing process to ensure the tool’s data sources, methodologies, and the results it generates comply with current standards. This way the EPD software is confirmed to have output that conforms with all norms and standards EPDs fall under.

There are two ways of verifying EPD software:

  • LCA Tool (pre-verification): The input stays more flexible but the output still requires a shortened verification step. This is well-suited, if software systems for data input are rather heterogeneous (so there is no unified data input format), products differ strongly from each other, or rather small amounts of EPDs are needed.
  • EPD Tool (full verification): After an initial setup, process steps, material categories and background database matches are fixed. The data input process needs to be repeatable. Then the software can be fully verified outputting verified EPDs without delay.

Automated EPD software is the future

Looking ahead, the demand for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) is expected to continue rising. However, the current manual and costly process for creating EPDs lacks transparency and efficiency.

As a result, the demand for EPD tools is also on the rise, as they simplify the complex process and reduce costs. Therefore, integrating automated EPD software solutions into your workflow rather sooner than later gives you a competitive advantage.

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