Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Melbourne, 24.6.2015 - The Australian timber industry has today registered the first industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) as part of the new Australasian EPD Programme.
The Australian timber industry has supported development of the EPD through Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA). The EPD was produced by the Timber Development Association and sustainability expert thinkstep. The EPD will be available for building and design professionals via the WoodSolutions website. It is already available on the Australasian EPD Programme website.
The EPD confirms sawn Australian softwood as a "better than carbon neutral" building material considering cradle-to-gate and a typical landfill scenario.
“This project demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the Australian timber industry to sustainability”, commented Chris Lafferty, Acting CEO of FWPA, “and I am pleased to see benefits flow to our members and levy payers from these credible environmental profiles."
“We are excited to be involved with these EPDs as they disclose technical environmental information based on robust international standards rather than greenwash,” explains Barbara Nebel, Managing Director of thinkstep in Australia.
The EPDs will also benefit timber product buyers as it will be easier to get credits for using Australian softwood timber in Building and Fitout projects seeking a rating under the Green Star building rating scheme.
This EPD is the first of five industry-wide EPDs for Australian wood products authored by the Timber Development Association and thinkstep and independently verified by Catalyst. EPDs for Australian hardwood, particleboard, medium density fibreboard and plywood have also been finalised and will be registered in the coming weeks.
An EPD is a standardised and verified way of quantifying the environmental impacts of a product based on a consistent set of rules that have been developed through a stakeholder consultation process. These impacts are based on the product’s consumption of raw materials and energy, waste generation, and emissions to air, soil and water over its full life cycle. An EPD includes a carbon footprint alongside other environmental indicators.
About Forest and Wood Product Australia Limited
Forest and Wood Product Australia Limited (FWPA), a not-for-profit company, is the forestry and wood industry’s service provider, investing in research and development, and providing research results to the forest and wood products industry in Australia. FWPA aims to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian forest and wood products industry through innovation, and investment in effective and relevant R&D.
WoodSolutions is an industry initiative designed to provide independent, non-proprietary information about timber and wood products to professionals and companies involved in building design and construction.
About the Timber Development Association
The Timber Development Association (TDA) is a non-profit industry association representing all segments of the timber industry in Australia, from import, manufacture to supply. TDA was incorporated in 1938 and for over 70 years has effectively promoted the use of Australian and imported timber and timber products. Its aim is the technical advancement of the timber industry.
thinkstep enables organizations worldwide to succeed sustainably. Our industry-leading environmental sustainability software, data and consulting services help businesses drive operational excellence, product innovation, brand value and regulatory compliance.
With a global presence of 20 offices we serve more than 8,000 clients, including 45 percent of the Fortune 100 such as BASF, Hewlett-Packard, Interface, Renault, Siemens and Unilever.
About the Australasian EPD® Programme
The Australasian EPD® Programme provides a platform across Australia and New Zealand for communicating credible environmental information. The Programme is aligned with the International EPD® System, to enable a harmonized and efficient platform for global EPD development and communication.
For more information, please contact:
Sustainability Programme Manager
Timber Development Association
Ph: +61 2 8424 3700
Dr Barbara Nebel
thinkstep Pty Ltd
Ph: +61 3 9015 9455
The Australasian EPD Programme
NZ +64 21863 806
Dr Chris Lafferty
Forest and Wood Products Australia
Ph: +61 3 8424 3700
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