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Use EPD certificates to buy less carbon

EPD certificates can lead to more sustainable procurement decisions in several ways.

What is a Environmental Product Declaration?

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certificates are declarations that quantitatively evaluate and declare the environmental performance of a product or service, as described in ISO 14025, on the basis of the principles of ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment standards.

EPDs are "Type III" category eco-labels as defined by ISO 14025. EPDs present the environmental impacts of a product from supply of raw materials to manufacturing and end of life stages, assessing parameters such as energy use, emissions and waste creation using various impact indicators.

At Smart Pro we can help you get your head around all this confusion and bust the jargon with simple easy steps that put you back in control.

Here how:

  • Standardization: EPD certificates provide standardized information on the environmental impact of products or services, making it easier for procurement professionals to compare different options and make informed decisions.

  • Transparency: EPD certificates provide transparent and verifiable information on the environmental impact of products or services, which can help to build trust between buyers and suppliers.

  • Environmental Performance: By providing information on the environmental performance of products or services, EPD certificates can help procurement professionals to select products that meet their sustainability criteria and goals.

  • Life Cycle Assessment: EPD certificates are based on a life cycle assessment (LCA) which considers the environmental impact of a product or service from cradle-to-grave. This allows procurement professionals to consider the entire supply chain of a product, from raw materials extraction to disposal, and make more sustainable decisions.

  • Innovation: EPD certificates can incentivize suppliers to improve the sustainability of their products or services, as the information provided in the certificate can highlight areas for improvement and encourage innovation towards more sustainable alternatives.

3 easy steps to start your carbon journey:

1. Measure

Understand your supply base and use our Key Trade Tool to categorise your supply risk to hear map carbon within your procurement schedule.

2. Form strategic partnerships

We know that 20% of your supply chain are responsible for 80% of the emissions. It's not difficult, and we will positively nudge your strategic relationship to include carbon reduction as a smart measurable objective/ target.

3. Educate & raise awareness

We can help you raise awareness and define strategic solution to reduce carbon and cost savings of circa 30% within your strategic partnerships.

At Smart Pro, we've made it our mission to improve construction procurement. We're working with the UK's leading contractors and suppliers to co-create partnering ecosystems using new digital procurement tools that deliver more sustainable outcomes throughout each value chain.

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