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Ska rating Good Practice Measures include as one of the criteria an Environmental Product Declaration according to ISO 14025 standard. In basic terms this standard covers the way a product will be reported on by its company. It is aiming to create a standard way of reporting environmental criteria in a consistent manner over the plethora of products, companies and countries of origin. This will ease designers and clients task when they are comparing the environmental performance between two or more similar products.

For a company to create an ISO14025 for a product they need to obtain the report format and either write it up themselves or employ a Life Cycle Specialist such as Dr Andrew Norton a.norton@renuables.co.uk.

To view and buy the standard from the ISO organisation you can visit this link ISO14025

Some further information from the web to share with you…

“10 July 2006

ISO standard will help purchasers by clarifying environmental labels
Businesses can contribute to a more sustainable planet by purchasing goods and services that cause less stress on the environment. However over the last two decades, an increasing number of environmental labels have not always communicated verifiable and accurate information about their products.

In order to address this problem, ISO has published ISO 14025:2006, Environmental labels and declarations – Type III environmental declarations – Principles and procedures, which will benefit business to business communication, by enabling purchasers to make comparisons between products fulfilling the same function, and encourage improvement of environmental performance.

“ISO 14025 is expected to play a role in national and regional eco-label programmes, such as the European Union Integrated Product Policy and provides benchmarks to further develop environment product declarations (EPD). It will also serve as a building block and enable all-sized businesses to construct EPD information modules providing life cycle information “, said Stig Hirsbak, convenor of the working group that developed the standard.

ISO 14025 Type III environmental declarations provide quantified environmental information about products, using predetermined parameters based on the ISO life-cycle assessment series of standards. Additional environmental information, such as the impact on biodiversity, instructions and limits for efficient use, or hazard and risk assessment on human health and the environment, among others, is given where relevant.

Further notes:
Type I environmental labels are multi-criteria third-party programmes that award environmental labels to products meeting a set of predetermined requirements. For more information see: ISO 14024:1999, Environmental labels and declarations – Type I environmental labelling – Principles and procedures.

Type II environmental labels specify requirements for self-declared environmental claims made by manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers or anyone else likely to benefit from such claims. For more information see: ISO 14021:1999, Environmental labels and declarations – Self-declared environmental claims (Type II environmental labelling).

ISO 14025 was prepared by technical committee ISO/TC 207, Environmental management, subcommittee SC 3, Environmental labelling, working group WG 4, Type III environmental declarations. It costs 108 Swiss francs and is available from ISO national member institutes (see complete list with contact details) and from ISO Central Secretariat.