Australasia EPD Newsletter – August 2016

Connect with the Australasian EPD® Programme

Welcome to the August edition of the Australasian EPD® Programme newsletter.

We’ve revised the newsletter’s layout slightly to make it easier to navigate and to access stories about Australasian companies using Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to accelerate their businesses.

I’m also pleased to report that we now have 24 EPDs published in Australasia and a strong pipeline of customers in the process of developing Environmental Product Declarations.

This month we visit Asaleo Care – producer of iconic paper towel brands Purex, Tork and Sorbent – which has recently published two Environmental Product Declarations and talk to Mark Heathcote of the Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia (PIPA) about how the plastic pipelines industry is embracing EPDs.

While our main aim is to profile the successes of Australasian EPD® Programme participants we also want to keep you up-to-date with relevant industry developments and the latest from the International EPD® System.

Thanks for taking the time to read our newsletter and don’t forget to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn where we will announce new EPDs as they are published. We look forward to adding you to our network of leading thinkers in sustainable development space.

Anthony Hume
Programme Manager
Australasian EPD® Programme

Paper towel maker Asaleo Care publishes EPDs

Asaleo Care, a leading personal care and hygiene company that manufactures consumer products across Feminine Care, Incontinence Care, Baby Care, Consumer Tissue and Professional Hygiene product categories has published two Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

Iconic brands Tork handtowels and Tork, Purex and Sorbent toilet tissue have achieved EPDs under theAustralasian EPD® Programme. Click here to download the EPD for handtowels and click here to download the EPD for toilet tissue.

PIPA’s long-term commitment to sustainability

The Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia (PIPA) is committed to ensuring the environmental impact of plastics pipeline systems exceed required life cycle standards and believes the Australasian EPD® Programme is helping achieve this goal.

According to PIPA’s Executive General Manager Mark Heathcote the plastic pipeline industry is highly committed to the pursuit of sustainable development and places a keen focus on meeting modern day needs without compromising the needs of future generations. Clickhere to read more.


Kathmandu HQ achieves ‘NZ excellence’ Green Star rating

Kathmandu’s new Christchurch headquarters, has made the city’s innovation precinct even greener – the new building has just achieved a 5 Green Star Design rating for efficiency and sustainability.

BRANZ support for EPD development

BRANZ has launched ”The 4-Step Process” to support manufacturers who want to develop EPDs. Please click here for more information.

Australian architecture producing significant sustainability bling

July saw another round of state architecture awards held – taking in NSW, South Australia and Western Australia – producing some significant sustainability bling.

LEED is changing the way we think about building

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is changing how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. Leaders around the world have made LEED the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified daily.

EPD use in the construction sector is small but growing

There are about 2,000 construction products with an environmental declaration (EPD) available in Europe. To put this into perspective, merchant Travis Perkins carries around 100,000 building products. A long road to travel, then, but one that more manufacturers are taking.

The future of cities: green building to driverless cars

What will the cities of the future look like? How could they be affected by driverless cars, changing work habits, green building and the environment? A panel of academics, corporate executives, former policy makers discuss these subjects in recent Wall Street Journal article.

World Green Building Week 2016 is coming

World Green Building Week is the flagship event of the global green building movement – organised by the World Green Building Council. The week raises awareness of green buildings around the world. This year World Green Building Week takes place from 26 September to 2 October.

Green building in China expanding in the office building market

In 2015, LEED-certified Grade A office buildings exceeded 5.6 million square meters across 10 major cities in greater China, an increase of 7.4 percent from the previous year, accounting for 28 percent of the total market, according to a new report published by CBRE and USGBC.

Why algae may be the next sustainable building technology

What do a professor of marine biology, an architect and a building surveyor have in common? Algae.

Provide comments on updated PCR for leather footwear –

MoU between the International EPD® System and electrical and electronics sector and HVAC-R –

New case study: Bombardier –

Newly registered EPDs –

Recently published PCR –

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