International Standards

International standards

The BP LCI has been developed to be consistent with the international standards that were in place at the time the database was first developed (2007-2010).

  International Standards
Standard Title
Notes on Compliance Required in this Protocol
   LCA and LCI

ISO 14040:2006 Environmental management — Life cycle assessment — Principles and framework

ISO 14044:2006 Environmental management — Life cycle assessment — Requirements and guidelines

ISO/TS 14048:2002 Environmental management -- Life cycle assessment -- Data documentation format

Fully comply as interpreted by the BPIC LCI Methodology Guidelines and this Protocol. If there is any contradiction between the ISO Standards and the BPIC LCI Methodology Guidelines and this Protocol, the BPIC Guidelines and this Protocol take precedence. (NB ISO

14040:2006 and ISO 14044:2006 cancel and replace ISO 14040:1997, ISO 14041:1998, ISO 14042:2000 and ISO 14043:2000.I

BPIC LCI data complies in that the data format used is compatible with the framework provided by ISO14048. However, in common with most sources of life cycle data, only a practical sub-set of the full data structure of ISO14048 has been compiled.

 

Ecolabels and EPDs ISO 14020:2000 Environmental labels and declarations — General principles Comply.  (NB BPIC does not support the use of Type II Environmental Product Declarations for which there is no scrutiny of environmental claims made by the producer.)
Ecolabels ISO 14024:1999 Environmental labels and declarations — Type I environmental labeling — Principles and proceduresISO  Fully comply ensuring that the functional unit, goal, scope and timescale of assessment are clearly documented in any ecolabelling standards and product criteria reports and that the life cycle basis for the ecolabel assessment and benchmarking of "environmentally preferable" performance is clear, transparent and publicly accessible.

Environmental Product Declarations

14025:2006 Environmental labels and declarations — Type III environmental declarations — Principles and procedures

ISO 21930:2007(E)Sustainability in building construction — Environmental declaration of building products

Fully comply ensuring that the functional unit, goal, scope and timescale of assessment are clearly documented in any company's environmental product declaration such that alternative products can be compared on an equivalent basis.

Comply subject to interpretation of "5.6 Comparability of EPD of building products - Comparison of building products using EPD shall be carried out only at the building level" to mean that building products should only be compared on a functionally equivalent basis for their use in buildings (i.e. identically performing, functionally equivalent products can legitimately be compared at the product level, providing there are no significant differences in their properties once installed in a building.

Where changes have occurred to these standards, it is intended to take these into account at the time of the 5 year review of the database and methodology.