The Sustainable Minds Transparency Report™ / EPD Framework is based on public standards and LCA best practices.
It complies with the ISO 14040:2006, 14044:2006 and ISO 14025:2006 as well as ISO 14020:2000 and builds on a vast experience and expertise in life cycle assessment and environmental product declaration (EPD) programs around the world, particularly EN15804:2012+A1:2013. It is a living document with the intention of continuous improvement.
The intended application is to provide a common structural set of general rules, requirements and guidelines applicable to any product in order to ensure that all Type III environmental declarations based on the SM TR/EPD Framework are derived, verified and presented in a harmonized and consistent manner.
The Consortium members’ programs are in the process of aligning to SM Part A: LCA calculation rules and report requirements.
One common set of LCA rules and reporting requirements means:
- Streamlined, standardized and consistent methods for creating new and updating expiring PCRs
- More cost- and time-efficient review and verification processes
- Manufacturers now have a choice of report format and delivery method – an EPD or SM Transparency Report™, Sustainable Minds’ brand of EPD.
PCRs are developed using the Consortium member’s template.
Each member will run and complete the PCR development process according to its governance document. These PCRs will be Consortium co-branded to indicate their alignment to a common set of rules. See creating PCRs >
Aligning, and aligned with, the industry
POC/SM Part A 2017 provides a number of significant advances in response to ongoing developments in the PCR/EPD requirements landscape and in support of the goal to standardize and simplify the PCR/LCA/EPD creation and delivery process. POC/SM Part A 2017 conforms to the Guidance for Product Category Rule Development, v1.0, established by the Product Category Rule Guidance Development Initiative. This guidance was developed by the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) PCR subcommittee. Learn about Part A 2017 >
Part A: Compatibility appendices (to create SM Transparency Reports™)
Manufacturers should have a choice of Type III environmental declarations using any existing PCR, regardless of whether it aligns with Part A.
The Part A compatibility appendices are designed to easily enable the use of an existing PCR to create an SM Transparency Report™ AND to optionally be compliant with other international standards. They ensure that all manufacturers are using the same LCA calculation rules and reporting the same content; just the format is different.
If you are a program operator or stakeholder interested in creating a compatibility appendix using an existing standard or PCR, download SM Part A: Compatibility appendices for all current appendices and the compatibility evaluation form.