A declaration that indicates the product meets environmental friendliness criteria during all of its lifecycles.
An increasing number of products have an eco-label. So, what’s its purpose? This label indicates that the product meets environmental friendliness criteria during its complete lifecycle, including manufacturing, use, marketing and at the end of its useful life.
This label attracts customers, who feel more responsible buying such products and opt for them since they align with their environmental values. Yes, eco-labels encourage continuous sustainability and improvement.
According to ISO standards, there are 3 systems to obtain an eco-label:
As previously mentioned, type III Environmental Declarations show quantified environmental information about the product life-cycle, and thus allows us to compare products that fulfill the same function. Type III environmental declarations are:
Primarily intended for business-to-business communication. Their use in business-to-consumer communication is not ruled out.
These are some of the environmental impacts that should be taken into account when elaborating a Type III Environmental Statement.
|Inicial||Category||Factor||Unit of measurement|
|GWP – total||Global Warming Potential – total||Full global warming potential.||Kg CO²-eq.|
|GWP – fossil||Global Warming Potential – fossils||Biogenic global warming potential.||Kg CO²-eq.|
|GWP – biogenic||Global Warming Potential - biogenic||Global warming potential due to fossil fuels.||Kg CO²-eq.|
|GWP – LULUC||Global Warming Potential - Land Use and Land-Use Changes||Global warming potential due to land use and land-use changes.||Kg CO²-eq.|
|ODP||Ozone Depletion Potential||Global warming potential due to stratospheric ozone depletion.||Kg CFC 11 eq.|
|AP||Acidification Potential||Acidification potential due to an accumulated excess.||mol H+ eq.|
|EP – freshwater||Eutrophication Potential -freshwater||Eutrophication potential, a fraction of nutrients reach the final freshwater compartment.||Kg P eq.|
|EP - marine||Eutrophication Potential –marine||Eutrophication potential, a fraction of nutrients reach the final compartment of marine water.||Kg N eq.|
|EP – terrestrial||Eutrophication Potential – terrestrial||Eutrophication Potential due to cumulative terrestrial excess.||mol N eq.|
|POCP||Photochemical Ozone Creation Potential||Potential for Photochemical Tropospheric ozone formation.||Kg NMVOC eq.|
|ADP –minerals & metals||Abiotic Depletion Potential for minerals and metals||Abiotic depletion potential for non-fossil resources)||Kg Sb-Eq.|
|ADP – fossil||Abiotic Depletion Potential for fossil fuels||Abiotic Depletion Potential for fossil fuels||MJ, net heating value|
|WDP||Water Deprivation Potential||Water Deprivation Potential for consumers||M3 worldwide private eq.|
|PM||Particulate Matter||Potential incidence of diseases due to particulate matter emissions.||Incidence of Disease/s|
|IR||Ionizing radiation, human health.||Exposure efficiency of the human potential relative to U235.||KBq U235 eqv.|
Ecotoxicity Potential (freshwater)
|Ecotoxicity Potential in Freshwater ecosystems||CTUe|
|HTP-c||Human toxicity Potential - carcinogens effects||Comparative ecosystem toxic unit potential (carcinogenic effects)||CTUh|
|HTP-nc||Human toxicity Potential – non-carcinogens effects||Comparative ecosystem toxic unit potential (non-carcinogenic effects)||CTUh|
|SQP||Impacts related to land use / soil quality||Soil quality potential index||Dimensionless|
EPDs fall into Type III Environmental Declarations. If you wish to obtain this type of declaration, our certification team is well-prepared to help you throughout the entire process.
EPD environmental information should cover all life-cycle stages; modules should subdivide into the following:
We can provide the following EPDs:
*These concepts are explained in the infographic below: