The mission of the non profit P.E.P. Association is to develop internationally the Environmental declaration Program PEP ecopassport ® concerning electrical, electronic and HVAC (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, refrigeration) products.
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PEP & ISO 14001
Are PEPs required by the ISO 14001 standard?
No. The ISO 14001 standard deals with environmental management system and not environmental product declarations. The requirements for type III environmental product declarations are detailed in the ISO 14025 standard.
PEP & ISO 14025
What is a type III environmental declaration?
It is a declaration meeting the requirements of the ISO 14025 standard, meaning:- be based on life cycle assessment,- quantify the relevant environmental impacts,- be performed in the framework of a declaration program with a critical review of rules and the consultation of stakeholders on those rules, as well as an independent verification of declarations.
Who can perform PEPs?
The PEP ecopassport ® program is established for electrical, electronic and HVAC products. This is a voluntary initiative from industry. It is specifically adapted to specificities of those equipments and cannot be used for other products, e.g. food, cosmetics, etc.
What is the international scope of the PEP ecopassport® program? In which language should I write a PEP?
The PEP ecopassport ® program has an international vision and meets the requirements of ISO standards. The documents necessary to contribute to the program and to perform PEP are provided both in English and in French. The PEP can be established in several languages and registered all together at once. They can then be used worldwide in compliance with the reference geographic perimeter of the PEP.
Is it required to be an association member to register PEPs?
It is not necessary to become a member of P.E.P. association to register PEPs in compliance with our program.Nevertheless association membership allows to:- Participate to the technical framework development,- Benchmark with its specialists peers inside the technical committee,- Take part to the program governance- Benefit from reduced fees for the PEP registration.The choice to become a member of P.E.P. association is fully linked with the willingness to develop its skills/competencies and/or to share them on a defined product range at the level of the company or the trade association. As a company, the membership fee includes an entrance fee, set at 3k€ for year 2012 and an annual fee, set at 1k€ for year 2012.
How much does it cost to make PEPs?
To get the full understanding of a PEP cost, it is necessary to separate different costs :
- internal cost to perform the necessary life cycle assessment prior to the declaration,
- independent verification of the PEP: internal or external, depending on the use of a third party or not.
- PEP registration fees: it depends on the association membership.
- Contact us for the detailed pricelist.
PEP & GHG assement
Is it possible to use PEPs for GHG Assessment?
No. The GHG emissions assessment protocol is based on specific methodologies of accounting GHG emissions and communicating it into a single carbon footprint indicator. It takes into account a much broader scope than the product itself covered by the PEP declaration.Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to mix data between PEP declaration and GHG assessment of an entity for example.
Is the PEP mandatory?
- Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) are based on principles of the ISO standard for Type III environmental declarations (ISO 14025) giving them an international recognition. This standard establishes principles and development procedures of Type III environmental declarations intended primarily for business-to-business communication.
- Type III environmental product declaration (EPD) presents quantified environmental information about the life cycle of a product to allow comparisons of products performing the same function because they are developed with predetermined parameters defined in the PCR and, when necessary, in the PSR (Product Specific Rules).
- Type III EPDs are independently verified against Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) data, Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) data or information modules in accordance with the ISO 14040 series of standards and, where appropriate, additional environmental information.
- To date, manufacturers are not obliged to provide EPDs except in France where it is required if manufacturer wants to communicate on environmental aspect not already regulated.
- In addition, the market is increasingly using EPDs in various applications. As a result, more and more manufacturers are providing PEPs to ensure reliable communication and environmental assessment of their products.
What is the purpose of PEP ecopassport® program?
PEP ecopassport program objective is
- To provide a common and reliable reference framework - In compliance with the ISO 14025 and ISO 14040s standards
- In order to qualify the products environmental performances in a relevant and objective way
- In order to help customers and consultants making the right choice, with clear and reliable data
Using PEP ecopassport® declaration means:
- a strict and transparent way of calculating environmental data
- reliable data you can trust