Australasian EPD Programme Newsletter – November 2016

Australasian EPD Programme - Francis Stevens Communications

EPDs gaining mainstream recognition

It’s clear the market is recognising the value Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) provide and their important role in helping manufacturers measure their environmental performance.

Asaleo Care, which has published two EPDs, was recently nominated in the Efficiency Innovation Award category at the 2016 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards which will be held on November 17.

This is testament to the great work Asaleo Care has done to meet customer demand for life cycle information about the products they buy. Keep reading to see a case study that outlines why Asaleo Care chose to go the EPD route and the benefits they’ve seen so far as a result (besides the award nomination!).

In another positive development, BRANZ recently published a paper on EPDs aimed at the New Zealand building and construction industry. This is in response to the increasingly loud call from architects and designers for products with an EPD validation. A link to the bulletin is included below.

On behalf of the Australasian EPD Programme I’d like to say ‘thank you’ for reading our newsletter. Please feel to join our communities at TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn. It’s our aim to spread the EPD message and educate the market about the positive effect they can have on reducing environmental impact. We hope you’ll join us on that mission.

Anthony Hume
Programme Manager
Australasian EPD® Programme

Case Study: Asaleo Care affirms market leadership with EPDs

Australasian EPD Programme - Francis Stevens CommunicationsIn a new case study, Asaleo Care sustainability manager Jane Mansfield talks about the benefits the company has seen as a result of its EPDs and how EPDs are helping Asaleo Care better meet their customers’ needs.

“Our customers have told us that they want to understand how their choices and product selections impact the environment.  We were attracted to EPDs because of the programme’s transparency, credibility and ability to speak to the product’s entire life cycle,” Jane says.

Asaleo Care is the first company in Australasia to publish an EPD for tissue paper and is proud to demonstrate its leadership in corporate sustainability. Download the case study here.

EPDs the future for New Zealand’s manufacturing industry

Australasian EPD Programme - Francis Stevens CommunicationsBRANZ is an independent and impartial research, testing and consulting organisation that aims to inspire the building and construction industry to provide better buildings for New Zealanders. In a recent awareness raising exercise BRANZ has published a bulletin which covers the Australasian EPD Programme.

Dr. David Dowdell (pictured), BRANZ’s Principal Scientist Sustainability, recommends manufacturers and producers leverage EPDs to demonstrate their commitment to transparency and environmental sustainability.

“EPDs will increasingly provide an important link between manufacturers and architects and designers.  Building life cycle assessment is new to New Zealand but a technique that will find increasing application as design professionals become more comfortable with it, understand how to use it and are able to target the building LCA and EPD Innovation Challenges available in Green Star,” Dr Dowdell said. The EPD BRANZ Bulletin is available HERE.

Building Councils define a common approach to zero carbon certification

Representatives from ten Green Building Councils (GBCs) worldwide –  including Australia – met in New York City recently to define a common approach towards creating net zero certification pathways. READ MORE.

Romilly Madew: The woman setting the green agenda for buildings

Collaboration, networking and authenticity have all helped drive Green Building Council of Australia CEO Romilly Madew’s success in the green building movement. READ MORE.

We need better alignment between energy and building policy

The energy and property industries must come out of their silos to work on solutions to modernise the electricity grid, according to the Australian Energy Commission. READ MORE.

Olivia Leal-Walker named GBC’s Future Green Leader

Frasers Property’s sustainability coordinator Olivia Leal-Walker has been announced as the Green Building Council of Australia’s Future Green Leader for 2016. READ MORE.

Sustainability wins in updated Fishermans Bend vision

A 485-hectare area near Melbourne’s CBD is set to be the largest urban transformation in Australia, with expectations it will be home to 80,000 residents and 60,000 workers by 2050. READ MORE.

Waterfront community receives five-star green rating

A developer has received a coveted Green Building Council of Australia five-star green rating for its Newport community on the Redcliffe peninsula in Queensland. READ MORE.

Bombardier aerospace publish first EPD of an aeroplane

The first EPD of an aeroplane has been registered and published in the International EPD® System by Bombardier Aerospace. READ MORE.

First EPD registration from Russia in the International EPD System

Saint-Gobain ISOVER has become the first company to register an Environmental Product Declaration from Russia in the International EPD® System. READ MORE.

Workers in green buildings have higher cognitive function

Employees who work in certified green buildings have been found to have higher cognitive function scores, fewer sick building symptoms and higher sleep quality scores than those working in non-certified buildings, according to a new report from Harvard University. READ MORE.

Green roofs take root around the world

San Francisco became the first U.S. city to require that certain new buildings be built with a green roof—an eco-friendly design technique that sows plants above a roofline. READ MORE.

Santa Monica votes world’s first zero net energy building requirement

The Santa Monica City Council has voted this week to approve an ordinance requiring all new single-family construction in the City of Santa Monica to be zero-net energy (ZNE), the first of its kind in the world. READ MORE.

Recently published PCR
Nonwoven wipes
Uncooked pasta, not stuffed or otherwise prepared
Professional cleaning services of buildings

Newly initiated PCRs under development
Bottled waters (update)
Espresso coffee
Moka coffee
Other special-purpose machinery and parts thereof (update)

Please contact the secretariat or the PCR moderator at for more information on the draft PCRs or search for them here.

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