SVR Decisions from October 2018
The IBU Advisory Board (SVR) decided in its last meeting in October 2018 on these topics.
Supplements to the PCR, Part B: Floor coverings
The PCR on floor coverings does not require the AgBB scheme in section 7.1 although the AgBB scheme was developed for this application. Even if the ECA report comprises the AgBB scheme, the AgBB table must be listed here.
ERFMI asked IBU in January whether additional indicators can be declared in the EPD, in particular toxicity indicators. Dr Schmincke reported that owing to the current level of discussion in the CEN/TC 350 on the new EN 15804+A2, it is very likely that there will be new indicators as of 2019. Accordingly, there is no reason not to declare them in an IBU EPD.
The declared additional indicators would need to comply with those in the EN 15804+A2 and they would also have to be based on the same methods.
The indicators may not yet be declared in core EPDs.
A declaration of further indicators from the list of additional indicators in EN 15804+A2 is possible in an annex to the EPD if it is clearly indicated as such, whereby the “disclaimers” specified in EN 15804+A2 on methodical or data-based restrictions of the additional declared indicators must be used.
Decision no. 20181019‑f:
The PCR, Part B: Floor coverings are supplemented in section 7.1. to include the AgBB scheme table.
No provisional declaration of new indicators from the EN 15084+A2
Decision no. 20181019‑g: New indicators from the EN 15804+A2 may not yet be declared in a core EPD. In an IBU EPD or in an annex to a core EPD, following co-ordination with the SVR only the indicators from EN 15804 +A2 may be declared if it is clear that they involve additional information and not the core indicators, whereby the “disclaimers” specified in EN 15804+A2 on methodical or data-based restrictions of the additional declared indicators must be used. This regulation only applies provisionally; it is not a precedent for future integration of the additional indicators of EN 15804+A2 in the IBU range.
Allocation regulation for fly ash
Currently, the allocation regulations for handling blast furnace slag and fly ash are not consistently specified in the PCRs.
Fly ash can be regarded as less critical than slag.
Comparison of various possible allocation approaches by Dr Werner:
- No allocation (“0” allocation)
- Economic allocation (range 28–388 kg CO2/t)
- Physical allocation (484 kg CO2/t)
- Mass allocation (1373 kg CO2/t)
It is clear how the LCA results can vary and a “0” allocation by default is not agreed to as planned in the c‑PCR.
The specification in PCR, Part B: Cement should also be examined for conformity with standards during further processing of this topic.
Decision no. 20181019‑h:
A “0” allocation by default is not possible for blast furnace and electric furnace slag. An economic allocation is specified in the PCRs, whereby a “0” allocation can in fact be selected and justified for a very low contribution by these by-products.
Revising the PCR, Part A
Dr Hauer has supplemented the annex to PCR, Part A “Explanations and calculation rules on the result indicators and section 7.1.3.” to include an example for the future declaration:
SM — Use of Secondary Materials (in MJ and kg)
FR — Materials for Recycling (in MJ and kg)
MER — Materials for Energy Recovery (in MJ and kg).
The annex is published following editorial revision, presented to the other programme owners via the ECO Platform, and also presented to the Ökobaudat group of users.
Publication will be followed by a transition period of 6 months for implementation. Attention is drawn to the fact that some EPDs are currently published which indicate the consumption of primary energy in accordance with PCR, Part A (last revised in 2017).
Decision no. 20181019‑k:
The annex to PCR, Part A is published following editorial revision, presented to the other programme owners via the ECO Platform, and also presented to the Ökobaudat group of users. Publication will be followed by a transition period of 6 months for implementation.
Inclusion of the AgBB scheme in PCRs
Decision no. 20181019‑l: The table in accordance with the AgBB scheme 2018 is to be included in the PCRs.