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Title Role of online survey tools in creating temporally accurate Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) within the context of the US wood products industry
Source Forest Products Journal Online; Online first
Year 2017
Access date 10.07.2017
Abstract An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) presents quantified environmental information on a product or process, in a simplified form. EPDs are based on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of products conducted in accordance with the ISO-standards. An LCA analysis ensures that the environmental impacts associated with 'all processes' undertaken to produce the product, ranging from extraction (cradle) to its final product stage (gate) or post-use disposal (grave) are included. To be able to present temporally accurate EPDs, the corresponding LCA data needs to be updated every 5 to 10 years, depending on the nature of the industry. In this paper we present the pros and cons associated with using web-based data collection tools to conduct and maintain temporally accurate LCA data. We also present the lessons learned in using web-based survey tools, with reference to the wood based industry, and propose a methodology to maintain temporally accurate LCA data with minimal intervention, facilitating periodic update of the EPDs.
Year of publication2017