Environmental Product Declaration: MONDO certifies its sports flooring
In 2020, MONDO completed the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certification for all the types of indoor rubber flooring it produces, for both fitness centres and multisport facilities.
MONDO chose to certify its rubber floors for indoor sports facilities with the EPD to offer additional data to everyone involved with its products (planners, architects, designers, and technicians), and to enable each professional to make an informed choice that incorporates today's fundamental criteria, specifically to those regarding sustainability and environmental protection.
For MONDO, obtaining the EPD certification represents the company’s ongoing commitment to its customers. The goal is to continue to improve and innovate to overcome new challenges regarding sustainability and respect for the environment.
Let's find out more about this important document.
What is the EPD?
The EPD is an internationally valid voluntary certification that analyses how and to what degree a product affects the environment throughout its entire life cycle.
What does the EPD look like?
The EPD is a document that contains key data regarding the impact of a product on the environment in each stage of its life, beginning with the extraction of the raw materials required to manufacture the specified product, and including the processing and production thereof, along with the packaging, logistics, use and recycling phases. The EPD is developed by external technicians who work independently of the commissioning company. All documentation is produced in compliance with International Standards Organizations (ISO) standards 14040, 14044 and 14025.
What is the purpose of the EPD and how is it developed?
The EPD is not an evaluation sheet, but a valuable collection of technical information on a product’s sustainability and its environmental impact. Based on a series of clearly defined international standards, the EPD enables this information to be communicated in a comprehensive, accurate, verifiable and unambiguous manner. The EPD is a useful tool for designers, architects, planners and professionals, and provides information that is indispensable when selecting the right product and supplier.
The EPD presents the data obtained from the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) process, which entails gathering the most relevant information, creating a comprehensive model of the entire product life cycle, and calculating the resulting data.
What does the LCA consist of?
The LCA is a detailed process that is designed to analyse the use of resources and the impact they have on the environment at every point in the product value chain. The main phases of the LCA can be classified as follows:
- Extracting, processing, and transporting the raw materials
- Processing and creating the product
- Transporting the product to the customer
- Using the product
- Processing the product at the end of its life, including recycling and disposal
The LCA and the resulting EPD report are developed in compliance with strict regulations, the guidelines and requirements that are contained within the Product Category Rules (PCR) developed in line with ISO 14025 standards.
The LCA calculates the environmental impact of a product, taking its effects on the atmosphere, water, and soil into consideration.
Why complete and publish an EPD?
Collecting the information necessary to compile an EPD enables a manufacturer to take a detailed look at its environmental performance and establish a reference point for evaluating how sustainable the company is.
Publishing an EPD demonstrates a company’s desire to communicate its environmental performance in a transparent manner and implement a process of ongoing improvement.
How long does it take to draw up an EPD?
It takes on average around six months to draw up an EPD. The drafting of the final report is the final phase of a more complex process. UL, one of the leading companies globally for safety and an EPD-certifying company, has summarised the process of developing an EPD in six points:
- Identifying the relevant PCR document for the specified product category (from one to 12 months)
- Executing the LCA in compliance with the PCR (one to 12 months)
- Checking the LCA (from two to four weeks)
- Compiling the EPD model with the relevant environmental data
- Checking the EPD (around two weeks)
- Registering and publishing the document in the UL SPOT® database
How long is the EPD valid?
The EPD developed by UL is valid for five years. However, every manufacturing company that commissions an EPD has the right to have new certifications developed before the expiration of the existing EPD and to provide continuously updated information on its products’ sustainability and the life cycle’s environmental impact.
Want to find out more about the MONDO flooring that has obtained the Environmental Product Declaration? Contact MONDO to speak with a technical-commercial consultant.