An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a comprehensive, internationally-harmonized report that documents the ways in which a product, throughout its lifecycle, affects the environment.
An EPD tells the life cycle story of a product in a single, written report, focusing on information about a product’s environmental impacts, such as global warming potential (GWP), smog creation, ozone depletion potential (ODP), and water pollution. An EPD can also include other product impacts such as land use changes, potential toxicity risks, as well as corporate environmental initiatives that are of particular interest to the discloser.
EPDs do not rank products, and the existence of an EPD for a product does not indicate that environmental performance criteria have been met. EPDs are a disclosure tool that helps purchasers better understand a product’s sustainable qualities and environmental repercussions so they can make more informed product selections.
Kingspan Insulated Panels North America created the first of its kind cradle to grave UL Certified ISO compliant EPD in September of 2011. Since that time Kingspan has issued multiple revisions to document it journey of continues improvement.