Although not solely intended to do so, three important declarations encourage companies to consider sustainability when developing and manufacturing materials and products. Having a large focus on environment and climate issues in particular, Saint-Gobain aims to comply with the requirements of these declarations for every relevant product.
Saint-Gobain complies with important European declarations that include environmental requirements.
Environmental Product Declaration
LCA results are communicated through a standardised format: EPD (Environmental Product Declaration), which is a third party verified document that communicates comparable information about the environmental impact of products over the course of their whole life-cycle. An EPD covers environmental impacts such as global warming, ozone depletion, acidification, use of resources and fossil fuels, etc.
There is great demand on the global market for verified, science-based information regarding the environmental performance of products and materials. The EPD declaration delivers this kind of information and, as it follows ISO standards, it also supplies comparable results.
Several Saint-Gobain companies have implemented analysis leading to the issuance of EPD's. Find more information and download EPD's from the list below:
- Saint-Gobain Gyproc Denmark
- Saint-Gobain Gyproc Norway
- Saint-Gobain Gyproc Sweden
- Saint-Gobain Gyproc Finland
ISO is an abbreviation for International Organization for Standardisation. The standardisation covers numerous areas, for example quality management (ISO 9001) and environmental management (ISO 14000), all of which represent standards that Saint-Gobain sites are expected to pursue and maintain.
Saint-Gobain’s Gyproc division, as an example, has achieved an ISO 14001 standard for its production sites. This means that the site (which produces plasterboards) is progressively improving its environmental performance over the years. Today, such a commitment also gives Saint-Gobain a competitive edge as customers prefer products and materials that are produced in an environmentally responsible and climate friendly manner.
Products with the European CE mark comply with essential requirements of the Construction Products Directive drawn up by the European Commission.
It is not a quality stamp as such. However, a CE product must meet some minimum standards concerning mechanical resistance, fire safety, energy economy, sustainable use of natural resources, etc.
All Saint-Gobain construction products comply with this standard, for instance all fire resistant glass products from Vetrotech, a leading producer, processor and distributor of fire resistant glass in Europe. To make sure that these Vetrotech products meet the latest requirements regarding the sustainable use of natural resources, the company has established an ongoing lifecycle analysis of its products, which has led to the issuing of an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).