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Product category rules alignment workshop, October 4, 2011 in Chicago, IL, USA

  • Wesley Ingwersen
  • Vairavan Subramanian
  • Rita Schenck
  • Lindita Bushi
  • Amy Costello
  • Laura Draucker
  • Cashion East
  • Connie Hensler
  • Holly Lahd
  • Sven-Olof Ryding
CONFERENCE REPORT

Abstract

Purpose

A workshop on Product Category Rule (PCR) alignment was organized by the American Center for LCA PCR Committee. PCR alignment refers to the process of assuring that PCRs (rules for developing LCA-based claims like EPDs) developed by different parties are consistent within product categories.

Methods

The workshop was held as a special session in the LCA XI conference. The goals of the workshop were to identify the state of progress on PCR development worldwide, to establish consensus on the need for PCR alignment, and to propose the actions towards global alignment of PCRs. Speakers presented on these topics and a moderated discussion was held to discuss the implications of PCR alignment, to determine the scale on which alignment is appropriate, and to identify the actions and institutional roles to promote alignment.

Results and conclusions

Approximately 120 persons from EPD programs, industry associations, standards organizations, LCA consulting firms, government agencies, NGOs and academia participated. The discussion was engaging and positive feedback was received. The American Center for LCA PCR Committee intend to use the outcomes of this workshop to engage others in the PCR community, make recommendations for best practices for PCR development, and to promote harmonization of PCRs both within the US and globally.

Keywords

Alignment Environmental product declarations Product carbon footprints Product category rules 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wesley Ingwersen
    • 1
  • Vairavan Subramanian
    • 2
  • Rita Schenck
    • 3
  • Lindita Bushi
    • 4
  • Amy Costello
    • 5
  • Laura Draucker
    • 6
  • Cashion East
    • 7
  • Connie Hensler
    • 8
  • Holly Lahd
    • 9
  • Sven-Olof Ryding
    • 10
  1. 1.National Risk Management Research LaboratoryU.S. EPA Office of Research and DevelopmentCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.School of SustainabilityArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  3. 3.Institute for Environmental Research & EducationVashonUSA
  4. 4.Athena Sustainable Materials InstituteOttawaCanada
  5. 5.Armstrong World Industries, Inc.LancasterUSA
  6. 6.World Resources InstituteWashingtonUSA
  7. 7.PRé ConsultantsWashingtonUSA
  8. 8.Interface, Inc.AtlantaUSA
  9. 9.Northstar Initiative for Sustainable EnterpriseUniversity of Minnesota–Twin CitiesSt. PaulUSA
  10. 10.Swedish Environmental Management CouncilStockholmSweden

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