Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) have become increasingly important in the construction industry, due to both legislative initiatives from Public Administrations and public and private purchasing requirements
AENOR's GlobalEPD Programme uses the European Standard UNE-EN 15804 Sustainability in construction. Environmental product declarations. Core rules for the product category of construction products, published by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), for verification of EPD of construction products and services.
EPD are quoted in legal texts such as European Regulation 305/2011 on construction products, or Royal Decree 187/2011, regarding the establishment of green design requirements applicable to energy-related products, as transposed in Directive 2009/125/EC.
The GlobalEPD Declarations for certain products are registered in the General Register of the Technical Building Code (CTE) of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, such as environmental certifications for product life-cycle assessments.
EDP are assessed in schemes for the environmental certification of buildings, and are quoted in the European Commission's Green Public Procurement criteria.
Environmental declarations are a communication and transparency tool for building material manufacturers, which AENOR publishes in the GlobalEPD Programme.