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Concrete In Australia : March 2013
10 Concrete in Australia Vol 39 No 1 NEWS Silver Members New tool for product ratings e World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), a global e ort by 24 major cement producers with operations in more than 100 countries, has announced that it has successfully registered its Product Category Rules (PCR) under the International EPD System (Environdec). e PCR for unreinforced concrete provides a common methodology for concrete producers who wish to issue Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for their products. Designed for use by companies worldwide, the CSI PCR is based on the ISO standard for EPD (ISO 14025:2006) and complies with the European standard for construction products (EN 15804:2012). EPD is a particular type of life-cycle assessment (LCA) that has been developed to communicate environmental information from LCA studies in a common format. By providing data in a standardised format, EPDs o er a robust basis for identifying products that have the least environmental impacts through a building s life cycle. PCRs are the underlying rules used to develop an EPD. By providing these common rules, the CSI is o ering a common reference methodology to its members and the wider industry. e CSI PCR, so far, focuses on the impacts of concrete production up to the point when it is delivered to the client, known as "cradle-to-gate", for business-to- business purposes. However, the CSI is also investigating whether concrete s contribution to the sustainability of a structure during its use and end-of-life can also be captured in a systematic way, allowing for "cradle-to-grave" EPDs to be developed. To download the CSI PCR tool go to: http://goo.gl/6eDgd.