Environmental Product Declarations and Certifications
Wienerberger prepares eco-balances and EPDs on a voluntary basis
For many years, Wienerberger has been working intensively on the voluntary preparation of eco-balances and environmental product declarations (EPDs) for its entire product range. Based on the European Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and the work of the European standardization body CEN TC 350, such declarations will become mandatory for all building material producers in the coming years. In Belgium, this obligation has been in effect since 1 January 2014.
Most of Wienerberger’s brick products are covered by EPDs
EPDs of brick products have already been published in a number of countries in recent years. In countries such as France, Germany, Belgium or Great Britain, most of the EPDs were published by the respective industry associations. In Austria, the first industry EPDs were finalized in the fall of 2014. Within the framework of these measures, environmental product declarations have been issued for the majority of Wienerberger’s brick products either individually or within the framework of industry solutions. Wienerberger played a leading role in all the aforementioned countries and actively participates in the design of eco-balances and EPDs and in the harmonization of national provisions at European level within the framework of Tiles and Bricks Europe (TBE), the European umbrella organization of the brick industry. The documents made available by TBE as a basis for the preparation of EPDs for bricks (product category rules, CPR) support the objective of harmonizing EPDs in Europe.
Plastic pipe producers’ association takes the lead in the preparation of EPDs
In the plastic pipes industry, most of the environmental product declarations are published by the producers’ association. The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA), drawing on the results of lifecycle analyses (LCAs), publishes environmental product declarations for the various functional areas on the basis of ISO 14025. For heating applications, for example, a functional area is defined as all the plastic pipes and fittings required to heat a residential unit with a surface of 100 m². The members of the organization have the right to refer to the EPDs for these functional areas. TEPPFA has already prepared 20 environmental product declarations.
All Steinzeug-Keramo products have Cradle to Cradle® certification
All ceramic pipes and fittings produced by Steinzeug-Keramo have been successfully certified according to the Cradle to Cradle® product standard. This means that our products are not disposed of as waste at the end of their service life, but are returned into the production cycle as feedstock for new products. Other essential prerequisites for certification are the use of renewable energy and a commitment to biodiversity. Regular recertification ensures continuous development in all essential aspects. Among the outcomes of these developments are Steinzeug-Keramo’s climate-neutral pipes, which are produced in the modern fast-firing facility at Bad Schmiedeberg and already account for over 10% of revenues.