FPInnovations, in collaboration with The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) and Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), developed a Product Category Rules (PCR) for North American market pulp, paper and paperboard products, tissue, and containerboard manufacturers. This PCR allows North American pulp, paper, tissue and containerboard manufacturers to communicate the environmental footprints of their products in compliance with international standards.
The primary objective of PCRs is to provide the rules and requirements for conducting life cycle assessment (LCA) project reports and developing environmental product declarations (EPDs) for certain product categories. EPDs meeting ISO standards are considered to be the best way to communicate environmental footprints in an objective manner. EPDs are based on Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and because LCA results are sensitive to the choice of assumptions and quality of the input data, LCAs carried out for developing EPDs are required to follow recognized Product Category Rules (PCR) to ensure the credibility and comparability of EPDs, especially for similar products.
This PCR was developed in accordance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards (ISO 14025 and ISO 14044) with the participation of a broad stakeholder group that includes manufacturers, trade associations, government agencies, non-government organizations, retail representatives, independent parties, academia and other EPD program operators. The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada also took part in the development process.
In order to ensure the transparency of the PCR development process, FPInnovations chose an independent organization, Sustainability Edge Solutions, to chair the technical committee established to develop the PCR and engaged with other program operators, namely the International EPD System based in Europe and CSA Group operating from Canada. The public consultation of the draft PCR was hosted by the CSA Group.
“The committee, representing a broad range of stakeholder interests, developed the PCR in accordance with the requirements of international ISO standards for life cycle assessment and Type III environmental declarations following the principles of transparency and consensus, with a subsequent independent review of the document by an experienced panel of experts”,stated Jabeen Quadir, Chair of the PCR Development Committee.
– PCR for North American Pulp Market Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Products, Tissue andContainerboard
– The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA)
– Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)
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