EPDS ANNOUNCED FOR FIVE KEY WOOD PRODUCTS
THE AUSTRALIAN timber industry has registered the first industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) as part of the new Australasian EPD Program. The industry supported development of the EPD through Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA). The EPD was produced by the Timber Development Association and sustainability expert thinkstep. The EPD will be available for building and design professionals via the WoodSolutions website. It is already available on the Australasian EPD Program website. The EPD confirms sawn Australian softwood as a “better than carbon neutral” building material considering cradle-to-gate and a typical landfill scenario. “This project demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the Australian timber industry to sustainability,” says Chris Lafferty, Acting CEO of FWPA, “and I am pleased to see benefits flow to our members and levy payers from these credible environmental profiles.”
“We are excited to be involved with these EPDs as they disclose technical environmental information based on robust international standards rather than greenwash,” said Barbara Nebel, Managing Director of thinkstep in Australia.
The EPDs will also benefit timber product buyers as it will be easier to get credits for using Australian softwood timber in Building and Fitout projects seeking a rating under the Green Star building rating scheme. This EPD is the first of five industry-wide EPDs for Australian wood products authored by the Timber Development Association and thinkstep and independently verified by Catalyst. EPDs for Australian hardwood, particleboard, medium density fibreboard and plywood have also been finalised and will be registered soon. The Australasian EPD® Program provides a platform across Australia and New Zealand for communicating credible environmental information. The program is aligned with the International EPD® System, to enable a harmonized and efficient platform for global EPD development and communication. An EPD is a standardised and verified way of quantifying the environmental impacts of a product based on a consistent set of rules that have been developed through a stakeholder consultation process. These impacts are based on the product’s consumption of raw materials and energy, waste generation, and emissions to air, soil and water over its full life cycle. An EPD includes a carbon footprint alongside other environmental indicators.