We created the North American PCR Catalog for 2 reasons:
- The increasing need for a centralized, curated source of PCRs created for North America. Until now, there has not been an organization to take on the responsibility of creating and maintaining this asset. A consortium of North American program operators seemed like the most likely candidate for the task.
- To inventory and benchmark the state of PCR development in North America. At the time of publication (March 2017) this process revealed 49 North American PCRs from nine different program operators/programs. Each program has different rules, and PCRs created by the same program operator may not even be comparable, thus further highlighting the need for, and clear benefits of, one common set of LCA rules and reporting requirements.
In 2016, 12 PCRs expired that did not get renewed. 10 of the 49 current PCRs have already expired or will be expiring in 2017. More frequently, manufacturers would like to begin the LCA/EPD process but don’t know who, where or how to get started.
There is a lot of opportunity to start standardizing now. If there is an expiring PCR in your industry or you’d like to create a new one: Contact us >