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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.

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