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On the Road to EPD

Name: On the Road to EPD (Environmental Product Declarations) and Stepwise EPD
Region: National international
Country: Sweden (On the road to EPD), Sweden, Denmark, Portugal and Latvia (Stepwise EPD)
Type of initiative: Information tool
Sector: SMEs from a range of sectors
Organisations involved in initiative: Sirii (Swedish Industrial Research Institute’s Initiative) and the Swedish Environmental Management Council (Svenska Miljöstyrningsrådet) are responsible for the development of the initiatives.
The EPD system is operated by the Swedish Environmental Management Council. The Stepwise EPD project is led by the IVF Industrial Research and Development Corporation.
Type of funding: Partnerships: public, private, NGO & EU funding & partial funding


The two projects “On the road to EPD” and the “Stepwise EPD” are interlinked. On the road to EPD is a national Swedish project, whereas Stepwise EPD is an international EU-funded project.

Stepwise EPD is based on the Swedish programme, with the aim of harmonising the step-by-step procedure by testing the gradual EPD system on ten SMEs based in Denmark, Latvia, Portugal and Sweden.

The main purpose of an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is to provide accessible, quality-assured and comparable information regarding environmental performance of products and services. Since an EPD is Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) based, it has the potential to lead to design modifications and innovations that ultimately improve product environmental performance.

The aim of the projects are to help companies develop EPDs through a step-by-step procedure, and enable SMEs to enter the system gradually. The gradual updating of the declaration, including successively more specific data, leads to improvements in the declaration.

The final declaration can be verified and registered in the system as an EPD following the ISO standard 14025 Type III environmental declarations. The Stepwise EPDs can be pre-registered in the Swedish EPDsystem.

SMEs achievements are published on the same website together with those of full EPDs. These sites hold an open, internet-based database where the initial version of the environmental declaration may be registered and updated when required. The environmental work of the company is thereby marketed continuously throughout all stages of the process.

In the Stepwise EPD project, the expected benefits for SMEs are:

  • Short-term benefits: participating SMEs will primarily attract new customers by entering the market for environmentally declared products.
  • Long term benefits: to keep those customers who demand EPD and attract new customers by being present in the market for environmentally declared products.

Contact details

Address: Vasagatan 15-17, Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: (+46) 8 700 66 91
(+46) 8 700 66 99

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