Environmental Product Declaration
Floor coverings are selected on the basis of many criteria, among which environmental friendliness plays a major role these days. European resilient flooring manufacturers have developed together an EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) Calculator for determining the environmental impacts of different floor coverings. The calculator can be downloaded freely from the internet and provides information about environmental impacts by product group.
It is thus possible to assess the environmental impacts of linoleum, rubber, PVC coverings and LifeLine-type thermoplastic coverings, for example.
The calculator provides information about the environmental impacts of each product group over its entire lifespan. The calculations take into consideration the impacts of the raw material, manufacturing process, installation, transportation, actual usage and maintenance, and disposal. The Environmental Product Declarations provide detailed information about carbon-dioxide emissions, the share of renewable and non-renewable energy in the manufacturing process, and the hazardous waste created over the entire lifespan.
Find out more about Environmental Product Declarations and the EPD Calculator: www.erfmi.com
EMAS is the EU's voluntary eco-management and audit scheme. EMAS aims to streamline and constantly improve environmental work at companies and organisations and to pass on reliable messages to the market concerning the results of environmental work, by means of audited and approved environmental reports and other forms of environmental communication in advertising and marketing.
Kährs Group's EMAS report