Towards a pre-verified EPD tool with simulation capabilities for the aggregates industry
Results suggest that challenges exist due to methodological and stakeholders’ aspects. Methodological challenges include the updated EN 15804 standard, the lack of a European PCR (Product Category Rules) specifically for aggregates, and the different processes adopted by different program operators in developing and verifying EPDs. Regarding stakeholders’ aspects, there may be difficulties with data (accessibility, availability, and quality), with knowledge transfer between LCA practitioners and plant managers, and with the varying interest of plant managers to be involved in environmental questions. The proposed tool can support the aggregate producers by simplifying the process of developing and verifying an EPD since the LCA module is locked and only the input data from the plant need verification. Additionally, such a tool may enhance the collaboration between plant managers and LCA practitioners, improve the environmental awareness of the plant managers by involving them in the EPD and LCA processes and spark positive competitiveness among plant managers to achieve better environmental results. The aspects to be considered during the tool development are requirements by the EN 15804:A1+A2:2019 standard, the program operators, and the main customers. Additionally, data handling alternatives and the development and connection of a sector-specific LCA database are also needed.
The proposed pre-verified EPD tool is not going to solve all the challenges that the aggregates producers are facing regarding environmental awareness and proactivity; however, it brings the possibility to develop an EPD easily and use the underlying work in the simulation environment.
pre-verified EPD tool
Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktutveckling
Papadopoulou, P., Peñaloza, D., Asbjörnsson, G., Hulthén, E., Evertsson, C. M. (2021). Development of a pre-verified EPD tool with process simulation capabilities for the aggregates industry
Utveckling av ett web-baserat EPD-verktyg för bergmaterialproduktion (EPD Berg)
VINNOVA (2019-00857), 2019-05-01 -- 2021-08-31.
Svenska Byggbranschens Utvecklingsfond (SBUF) (13738), 2019-05-01 -- 2021-08-31.
Implementera ett livscykelperspektiv för bergmatrialproduktion
VINNOVA (2018-00357), 2018-04-17 -- 2018-10-31.
Miljöanalys och bygginformationsteknik
Virtual Development Laboratory, laboratory, Chalmers Tvärgata 4C, M-huset
Opponent: Dr. Monica Soldinger Almefelt, Swerock AB, Sweden