The Earthsure program is a Type III Environmental Product Declaration program organized in conformance with ISO 14025:2006. It was initially developed in 2000, and was applicable only to food and agricultural product systems, but due to requests from other sectors, it has been expanded to cover the full range of products and services.
- The Earthsure General Program document describes the management system and general program instructions as it relates to Product Category Rules (PCRs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).
- Multistakeholder LCA Scoping Guidance
- TRACI Characterization Factors
- For more information on the development of Product Category Rules, visit our PCR page.
- For more information on Earthsure EPDs, visit our EPD page.
The three main functions of the Earthsure program include:
The research and development of Product Category Rules. PCR’s are the first function in the label process. These consensus rules, formed by committee, determine how measurements will be done for all environmental impact categories. This is to ensure a level playing field for products or services within a given industry. Third Party Review by a certified LCA Professional guarantees accountability and transparency.
The second function in the label process is to perform a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the product or service. This requires the collection of life cycle inventory data from the products manufacturing process or service delivery. This data is compiled strictly following the PCR and is also Third Party Reviewed by a certified LCA Professional guaranteeing accountability and transparency. Typically the LCA is performed by the company making the product of supplying the service. The final function is the data conversion into the Environmental Product Declaration format. The LCA based, TYPE III EPD label is like a nutrition label, only disclosing environmental impact categories. It is not a claim of superiority, but rather a full disclosure of the scientific facts and data represented in the LCA. Labels can be presented in a B to B format or consumer facing depending on the market need.
IERE provides EPD verification services where it has not performed the EPD development work.