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An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a comprehensive, internationally-harmonized report that documents the ways in which a product, throughout its lifecycle, affects the environment.

An EPD tells the life cycle story of a product in a single, written report, focusing on information about a product’s environmental impacts, such as global warming potential, smog creation, ozone depletion, and water pollution. An EPD can also include other product impacts such as land use changes, potential toxicity risks, as well as corporate environmental initiatives that are of particular interest to the discloser.

EPDs do not rank products, and the existence of an EPD for a product does not indicate that environmental performance criteria have been met. EPDs are a disclosure tool that helps purchasers better understand a product’s sustainable qualities and environmental repercussions so they can make more informed product selections.

EPDs can be developed after a product life cycle assessment (LCA) is conducted, and are based on applicable product category rules (PCRs). Visit UL’s PCR page for more information about PCRs published under the UL Environment EPD Program.

As an EPD Program Operator, UL Environment helps manufacturers locate existing or create new PCRs and then certifies that all information in a manufacturer’s LCA and finished EPD is accurate. UL Environment also provides Transparency Summary documents to make key information included in the EPD more assessable.

Visit SPOT to view all full EPD reports that have been certified by UL Environment or to access associated Transparency Summary documents.

EPDs can be developed after a product life cycle assessment (LCA) is conducted, and are based on applicable product category rules (PCRs). For more information on PCRs published under UL Environment’s EPD Program, please email us at epd@ul.com.