UL Environment Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), announced yesterday that it will be launching an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Program in January 2011.

UL Environment’s EPD program was designed to provide “a comprehensive, globally recognized, and scientifically robust mechanism to consistently evaluate environmental claims on products,” according to a company statement.

Equivalent to a sustainability “nutrition label,” an EPD is the documentation of an audited Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the environmental performance of a product, based on approved Product Category Rules (PCRs) in accordance with ISO 14025 guidelines. UL Environment’s EPD program provides the structure and global scale necessary to support comparative cradle-to-grave assessments of products across multiple categories.

Initial product categories that have expressed interest in this type of program include, but are not limited to, building products, lighting and textiles.

“With more than 300 certifications and eco-labels on the market, determining which products are truly green is next to impossible. Our EPD service will add credibility and alleviate market confusion by helping purchasers make informed decisions,” says Stephen Wenc, president of UL Environment.


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