What is sustainable development?
Sustainable development is a concept that we come across more and more often in our everyday life. It is the resource efficient use of materials in an environmental, social and economic context. Life cycle assessments appear to be the appropriate way when it comes to consider a product´s resources need and environmental impact. Sustainable development requires an energy and resource efficient manufacturing process, energy efficiency in use and recycling of most of the available waste.
Environmental Product Declarations
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) enable manufacturers to declare primary energy consumption and environmental impacts of their products during their life-span, i.e. cradle-to-grave. EPPA therefore issues sectorial EPDs for double- and triple-glazed PVC windows. The data set represents over 90% of the European PVC window profile market. Since October 2014 EPPA‘s EPDs are also registered on the EcoPlatform, an umbrella association of European program operators that strives for a harmonization of EPD programs across Europe.
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EPPA is in favour of a European-wide harmonization of environmental impact assessments for building products in order to strengthen the European market and the environmental sustainability of our products.
The Ecodesign Directive provides consistent EU-wide rules for improving the environmental performance of energy related products (ERPs) through ecodesign. EPPA participates to the stakeholder consultation process in the on-going studies on windows.
While EPPA is in favour of the establishment of such criteria, attention should be paid to bring these in line with the existing criteria under the Construction Products Regulation.
Green Public Procurement
Although PVC windows are mainly used in residential buildings they are also suitable for larger buildings. In this context public procurement is the gateway to pass to be considered for some large scale projects. The European Union has initiated the formulation of Green Public Procurement criteria which shall allow public authorities to make a choice for sustainable building products that form part of resource efficient buildings. Until now such criteria do not exist for (PVC) windows which has a negative effect on the competitiveness of our members’ products in the public arena.
EPPA is in favour of clear GPP criteria that create incentives for municipalities to opt for PVC profiles