The international development of EPDItaly continues with the advantage of the competitiveness of Italian companies in the world. In fact, these days the signing of the agreement with the Norwegian Program Operator, EPD Norge which joins the mutual recognition agreements, over the last year, with the German Ibu (Institut Bauen und Umwelt), with the Austrian BAU EPD, with UL (Underwriters Laboratories), leading organization in the United States in the field of safety and environmental science and with AENOR, referent of the Spanish Global EPD Program.
Thanks to this agreement, the Italian companies, part of the EPDItaly program, will benefit from the possibility to publish the EPD document also on the EPD Norge platform (www.epd-norge.no), without further verification, drastically reducing the costs, human and and gaining more value in terms of quality and environmental sustainability. This will be possible thanks to the work of the experts of EPDItaly and EPDNorge who, by means of technical analysis comparing the verification procedures regulated by the two Program Operators, will prepare a common operating mode. In addition, the product EPDs published in Italy on www.epditaly.it or by EPD Norge on epd-norge.no will be automatically recognized and accepted by the other Program Operator, becoming part of a visible and internationally recognized database.
The agreement is part of the common strategy of disseminating the sustainability of the production system through the mutual recognition of Type III Environmental Declarations (EPD) among the main European and international Program Operators.
Both programs recognize the importance of adopting EPD, as an information tool about the environmental impacts of products. In Italy, the EPD document represents, in light of the Decree published in the Official Journal of 6/11/17, on the Environmental Minimal Building Criteria, CAM, one of the ways to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the CAMs themselves.
EPDItaly, the only Italian Program Operator, has obtained from Accredia the recognition that allows the Certification Bodies to operate under accreditation for the verification and validation of the Environmental Product Declarations. EPDItaly publishes the Epd validated by the Certification Bodies, on the website www.epditaly.it. The publication is the final act that allows those interested, to verify that the product in question is suitable to satisfy the CAM.
EPD Norge, like EPDItaly, is a member of the Eco Platform, whose main objective is to support the harmonization of European EPDs, so that EPD related to the same product, validated under different Program Operators, can be compared to each other.