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14 February 2014

UK Cement Industry Publishes Leading Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

The UK cement industry is building on its long established sustainability credentials having published its first Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). The EPD declares the UK cement industry’s life cycle environmental impact and covers 100% of domestically produced cement. It builds on 10 years of sustainability information published in annual sustainability performance reports.

Dr. Pal Chana, Executive Director MPA Cement, said, “This is a great milestone for the UK cement industry and makes it a front-runner in the construction products sector. Our new EPD demonstrates that we are meeting UK stakeholder and supply chain expectations by providing a detailed level of environmental footprint information.

“However, whilst this EPD is a significant step in environmental transparency, it is important that the information is used correctly: we need to compare the role of building functional units in the performance over the whole life of the building, and not make comparisons at the individual construction component level.”

Institut Bauen und Umwelt - the Institute for Construction and Environment, Europe’s leading EPD programme operator, has independently verified and approved the UK Average Portland Cement EPD.

The publication of the UK average cement EPD is now paving the way for production of EPDs for concrete products. The product category rules, which provide the calculation method for an EPD, are being finalised for concrete products.  With these rules and this new cement EPD, the concrete industry will also be able to provide designers, contractors and clients with concrete EPD information to use in their project environmental assessment.

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Notes for Editors

UK Average Portland Cement EPD: UK_Average_Portland_Cement_EPD

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a standardized way of quantifying the embodied environmental impacts of a product or system over its lifetime.

The information declared includes data on the environmental impacts of raw materials acquisition, energy use and efficiency, content of materials and chemical substances, emissions to air, soil and water and waste generation.

In April 2012, CEN TC350 published a voluntary European standard, EN 15804, for the development, and calculation methodology, for EPD for construction products.  EN 15804-compliant EPDs are expected to become the industry accepted method to communicate embodied environmental impact data for construction products.

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. With the recent addition of The British Precast Concrete Federation (BPCF) and the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR), it has a growing membership of 480 companies and is the sectoral voice for mineral products. MPA membership is made up of the vast majority of independent SME companies throughout the UK, as well as the 9 major international and global companies. It covers 100% of GB cement production, 90% of aggregates production, 95% of asphalt and ready-mixed concrete production and 70% of precast concrete production. Each year the industry supplies £9 billion of materials and services to the £120 billion construction and other sectors. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the largest manufacturing sectors. For more information visit: www.mineralproducts.org

For further information please contact Hilary Arrowsmith at
hilary.arrowsmith@mineralproducts.org ; tel: 020 7963 8000

 
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