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  • Environmental Product Declaration

    The construction industry is evolving. Carbon efficiency and transparency are becoming increasingly important factors in investment and procurement decisions, with Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) frequently assisting decision-making. An EPD can help you stand out from the competitors as a construction product producer.

    Life-cycle assessment (LCA) is used in EPDs to evaluate and describe a product’s long-term environmental impact. They provide an objective, credible, and neutral review because they are third-party verified and based on international standards. A manufacturer’s commitment to measuring and publicly declaring environmental effect in an accessible format is demonstrated through the creation of an EPD.

    Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are an important validation tool for both manufacturers and specifiers, as they provide transparent data regarding the environmental sustainability of their goods. Despite this, the industry’s understanding of the nature and purpose of EPDs is still lacking.

    An environmental product declaration (EPD) is a document that contains life-cycle inventory data and provides a transparent summary of a product’s environmental impact, often from ‘cradle to grave.’ The extraction of raw materials, the manufacturing process, distribution, the product’s use, and its end-of-life value, such as whether it can be recycled or reused, will all be considered in this Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Steel is an example of a highly sustainable building material that has properties that are well-suited to circular economic use and can be reused and indefinitely recycled without losing quality.

    EPD’s Crucial to Embodied Carbon Reduction – Around 39% of the world’s annual CO2 emissions are attributed to buildings and construction. Embodied carbon emissions from the extraction and manufacture of products – accounts for 11% of this total.

    Operational emissions, such as the energy necessary to heat, light, or cool a structure, have long been the focus of green building efforts. However, the World Green Building Council stated in 2019 that embodied carbon must be severely reduced. As a result, the environmental impact of construction products and materials is given more attention.

    In their 2019 report, Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront, the World Green Building Council set two bold targets:

    * By 2030, all new buildings, including infrastructure and renovation projects will have at least 40% less embodied carbon.

    * By 2050, new buildings, infrastructure and renovations will have net zero embodied carbon.

    EPDs are designed to help with the embodied carbon challenge by making the environmental impact of products and materials more obvious so that efforts may be made to mitigate it. Their status as independently certified papers governed by international laws and standards means they are generally acknowledged and viewed with confidence and reliability across the construction industry.

  • Environmental Product Declaration

    An EPD is a document that lays out the environmental performance of a construction product over time. EPDs allow construction professionals to compare the environmental impact of different products and make informed decisions about which to choose for their project.

    Having an EPD for the products used in a construction project, earns credits towards sustainability assessments such as BREEAM and LEED.

    EPD serves as the foundation for a fair evaluation of products and services based on their environmental performance. EPDs can show how products and services have improved their environmental performance over time, as well as communicate and aggregate relevant environmental data across a product’s supply chain.

    EPDs are communication tools that bring complex life cycle assessments (LCAs) into a more user-friendly format by streamlining the information presented and enforcing as much consistency as possible.”

    A life cycle assessment (LCA) is a method for determining the environmental impact of the product over its expected service life. Global warming potential (GWP), ozone depletion depletion potential (ODP), acidification potential (AP), eutrophication potential (EP), smog formation potential (SFP), and abiotic depletion potential are some of the most common impacts. The embedded carbon of a product is connected with the GWP, which is the most well-known because of its impact on climate change.

    The ideas, methodology, requirements, and procedures for conducting a life cycle assessment (LCA) are provided by ISO 14040 and ISO 14044. The criteria pinpoint possibilities to improve a product’s environmental performance at various stages of its life cycle. ISO 14025 provides the concepts and procedures for creating Type II and Type III environmental declaration plans and declarations.

    Getting ready for EN 15804+A2: what’s new and how to get ready?.

    EN 15804, the foundational EPD standard, is widely used around the world. EN 15804 +A2, a substantial revision that drastically alters EPDs, was adopted in July 2019 and will become compulsory in July 2022.

  • New IPCC Report Reveals Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue to Grow, Requiring Immediate and Radical Action

    Greenhouse Gas Emissions The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report today that emphasizes the importance of rapid and profound reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions if the world is to avoid the worst climate impacts. According to the report, worldwide GHG emissions increased over the last decade, rising by nearly 12% from 2010 levels, decreasing our window for keeping global warming to 1.5°C.

    To avoid exceeding this target, the world currently has only three years to reach a peak in emissions. However, the research also identifies certain signals of progress that must be accelerated. The annual rate of emissions growth declined from an average of 2.1% between 2000 and 2009 to 1.3% between 2010 and 2019 and GHG emissions have already peaked and started to decline in some countries.

    The report also shows that cost-effective solutions are more available than ever and ready to be implemented, including switching to clean energy, halting deforestation and investing in carbon removal.

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  • EU Climate Action

    EU Climate Action : The EU Commission signed funding agreements for €1.1 billion with seven large-scale initiatives on April 1, 2022, through the EU Innovation Fund, which is funded by Emissions Trading System earnings (ETS). During the first ten years of operation, these initiatives are expected to cut CO2 emissions by more than 76 Mt CO2eq. The seven initiatives encompass critical sectors such as hydrogen, steel, chemicals, cement, solar energy, biofuels, and carbon capture and storage, and are deploying breakthrough low-carbon technologies at an industrial scale.

    UAE Net Zero 2050 : The UAE’s Net-Zero by 2050 strategic project is a national effort to attain net-zero emissions by 2050, making the UAE the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to accomplish so.

    Alignment of strategy : The effort is in line with the UAE’s Principles of the 50, a strategy for increasing national economic development as the country celebrates its golden jubilee year and enters a new 50-year growth cycle. The huge economic potential presented by the path to net-zero underpins a vision of the UAE is the world’s most dynamic economy.

    The UAE’s strategic program, Net Zero 2050, is in line with the Paris Agreement, which requires countries to develop long-term plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prevent global climate change.