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Europe Signs up to ARGE EPD Plans

ARGE EDP announcement

We're pleased to announce that we will be progressing with our plans for delivering generic Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) by Summer 2015, with 11 member associations from across Europe already committed.

 After completing presentations to all member country associations, ARGE has received an overwhelmingly positive response to the proposals for generic EPDs.

 Member associations from Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK have all agreed to run ARGE EPDs, and we hope Czech Republic and Poland will follow in their footsteps.

The project, which is due to commence in April 2014 in order to meet a Summer 2015 deadline, will have detailed plans drawn up and agreed by mid February. This will enable members to commit to the programme by the end of March, when a resourced and time-lined delivery plan will be in place.

Speaking on the importance of delivering generic EPDs, ARGE’s General Secretary, Joachim Kieker said: “There is no denying that the construction landscape has altered, with the changes brought in under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and the shift in attitude toward sustainability, which has seen it take centre stage on many CSR policies.

“Generic EPDs are crucial in adapting to this changing market and we have actively encouraged all our members to engage with our journey to delivering them. It is very positive to see so many of our member associations already agreeing to run the EDPs and we now have a clear roadmap for making these a tangible asset by 2015.”

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