Many sustainable building certification schemes have now been developed around the world, and they almost all consider the environmental impact of construction materials, but in widely different ways. However, there are two main mechanisms by which EPD themselves, and the LCA data for construction materials reported in EPD are considered within these schemes.
We all know that our resource consumption and our carbon emissions are significantly influenced by the building sector. If the agreed European political goals on carbon reduction are to be kept, the potential for mitigation in the building sector should be activated better, soon.
In the last months we were strengthening our networking efforts with the help from many of our members. This helps to better understand the needs of the different stakeholders, communicating the achievements of ECO Platform and bundling efforts with partners to achieve common goals.
Since the beginning, ECO Platform was promoting and supporting the InData Working Group, encouraging all ECO EPD Programme Operators to actively participate in the process of defining the digital format and organizing the product data exchange in between the existing databases.
InData's work is contributing 100% to the objectives of ECO Platform.
Our Technical Working Group (TeWoG), convened by Eva Schmincke, is continuously working on further harmonization and technical issues to secure the quality of ECO EPD. This means a lot of work on a voluntary basis. The group is open for all ECO Platform members, which many of our members make use of, to contribute, to be informed and to implement the results into their own business.