Dear Users,

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) have become increasingly important in recent years. A growing number of companies are having EPDs created for their products and projects - this trend is particularly noticeable in the construction sector. Incentives are created for the acquisition of Environmental Product Declarations, which are also demanded in tenders.

A stakeholder survey    conducted by brands & values GmbH has shown that there still is a considerable lack of knowledge in dealing with EPDs: How should the results be interpreted? Does an EPD provide information on whether a product is environmentally friendly or not? What implications and improvement measures can be derived from an EPD?

With this EPD-Analyzer, we aim to provide a tool that, first and foremost, empowers the EPD owner to learn and understand more about life cycle assessments and assessments of environmental impacts. In the second step, the EPD-Analyzer also shows possibilities to make products more efficient and ecologically optimised.

How can an EPD be read? Which impact categories or indicators are important? Is the global warming potential more dangerous than the ozone hole? Unfortunately, there is no standard answer to these questions. An inhabitant of the San Blas Islands and an Australian would probably give very different answers to these questions.

According to the German Federal Environmental Agency's (UBA) approach to the "ecological priority" assessment method, the environmental impacts of products and projects are assessed from three perspectives (see reference: UBA).

The Ecological Priority is composed of:

  • Ecological severity: What is the danger posed by an environmental impact category?
  • Distance-to-target: What are the environmental policy objectives?
  • Specific contribution: What is the specific contribution of production?
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Organising and Managing EPDs

The online tool organises and manages many different EPDs. The EPD-Analyzer enables the central storage of digital EPD datasets, associated documents such as the EPD as a PDF document or the product category rules (PCRs) and other relevant information. The tool visualises the validity period so that EPDs can be extended in good time.

Ecological Product Evaluation of EPDs

EPD results are explained, weighted and visualisedbased on the evaluation method "Evaluation in Life Cycle Assessments" of the German Federal Environmental Agency. It is determined, which EPD indicators are ecologically relevant and which have a lower priority. The EPD-Analyzer provides starting points for product optimisation.

Generation of New Data Sets

With the EPD calculator, stored EPD data sets can be used to create new EPD projects. For example, a new project, product or component can be generated that can later be used to compare internal benchmark processes.

Benchmarking EPDs

The benchmark is used to compare the environmental impacts of different EPDs. It is ideally suited to document the ecological evaluation of new project, product or component developments or to position oneself against the competition.

Importing digital EPDs

Whether via the free online EPD database ÖKOBAUDAT or programme operators such as the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU), The International EPD AB or other programme operators who provide EPDs digitally: Importing digital EPDs in ILCD + EPD format (XML) is fast and easy.

Import of EPDs from ÖKOBAUDAT

The EPD-Analyzer offers an interface to ÖKOBAUDAT. EPD data records can be easily selected and directly imported via this interface. This saves a lot of time and a large selection of available data already exists.


"The environmental indicators are viewed from different angles: What is the ecological risk associated with an environmental impact? Are there any political environmental goals? How should the specific contribution of my company be assessed? It thus helps considerably to prioritise starting points for ecological improvements."


Tobias Brinkmann
brands & values GmbH
"Many companies are currently facing the challenge of having to deal with numerous terms and topics related to sustainability. I think it's great that with the EPD-Analyzer, there is now a tool that can also be understood as a learning platform. It conveys knowledge on complex topics in a wonderful way."


Prof. Dr. Christian Härtwig
FOM University of Applied Sciences
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