Environmental impact in focus TrioVing and VingCard Elsafe have identified the areas to be included in an environmental product declaration (EPD) for mechanical products used in the construction sector. The declaration, prompted by customer requests, sums up and verifies the environmental impact of a single component, finished product or service. “Our customers, often the public sector, hospitals and hotels, demand more information about the environmental impact of a product or service today,” says Kjersti Larsen, environmental, health and safety manager TrioVing and VingCard Elsafe. “But apart from that, we also see the declaration as a good tool for product development and process improvement.” The information asked for in the declaration is nothing less than the environmental impact through the product’s whole life cycle, from extracting metal from the mine to taking care of the waste product. The declaration is based on the international ISO-14025 standard. TrioVing chose a door environment as its first product to declare, while VingCard Elsafe picked the Signature lock. “The hardest thing has been all the details asked for,” Kjersti Larsen says. “For example, how much energy is used to produce the product, divided into fossil, nuclear and renewable energy. But once it’s done, we can use the information to select more environmentally friendly materials, as well as to lower our energy consumption and costs.” “Our experience is that the demands for standardized EPDs are increasing. Among our Norwegian customers we can mention Statsbygg, which is currently projecting a new government building in Oslo. They have stated that they will demand standardized environmental declarations for all material they will purchase,” Kjersti Larsen concludes.