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The Use of Project Category Rules to Develop Environmental Product Declarations for Construction

Status:  Complete
Report Date:  09/20/2019

Summary:

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) funded this project to assess the current state of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in pavement material manufacturing and the feasibility of their inclusion in the pavement procurement process in the state of Minnesota. As EPDs have only recently become available, their readiness and suitability for project procurement is currently under consideration. Specifically, this project intended to educate stakeholders regarding Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and EPDs and co-develop an EPD Pilot Project implementation plan. This pilot project conducted two high-level stakeholder education and planning workshops. The stakeholders included both MnDOT staff that would administer an EPD program in the long term and industry organization representatives, key manufacturing representatives, and other individuals whose buy-in will be necessary for the project's success. The project developed a roadmap for the implementation of EPDs in procurement along with identification of barriers and challenges in doing so.

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