voestalpine – WHY EPDs?

If you want to be a successful sustainability pioneer, it is important that you focus on complete transparency throughout the entire lifecycle of your products. voestalpine leads the way with EPDs that have been verified by auditing agencies to ensure a solid basis for the ecological assessment data of steel products.


An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is used as an instrument created by an independent source to depict the environmental impact of a product based on its lifecycle assessment. EPDs are very useful because they provide companies and consumers with a sound basis for making decisions. EPDs are verified by independent agencies in a multi-step and standardized process. They are created and published in a uniform format by auditing agencies such as IBU, EcoPlatform. This ensures that the information and results of the EPD are reliable and objective.

Official EPD presentation for voestalpine colofer Hans Peters – Managing Director IBU, Michaela Kraus – Sustainability Manager – voestalpine, Therese Daxner – Managing Director Daxner & Merl GmbH


EPDs provide a transparent view of the environmental impact of a given product. This enables consumers and business owners to better understand the environmental impact of products and make informed decisions. EPDs provide a comprehensive view of the environmental impact that looks at much more than just the carbon footprint (global warming potential) of a specific product. This gives product users a holistic picture of the environmental impact. EPDs also make it easier to select the right product because the calculation rules for EPDs are standardized pursuant EN 15804+A2, making it possible to effectively compare different products with each other, allowing consumers and companies to select products that have a lower environmental impact in a given application.


Companies improve product lifecycle assessments and become more sustainable by utilizing EPDs, and EPDs help companies reduce their consumption of resources and energy and minimize the environmental impact of products in application. Amendment 2 (+A2) meets the requirements of EN 15804 with respect to the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) of the European Commission as well as future EC requirements.

Christian Schaurhofer, Head of the Environmental Department in the Steel Division, summarizes the advantages:
“At voestalpine we strive to provide our customers with reliable data on the environmental performance of our products. We opted for EPDs to communicate the environmental data of our high-quality product range, primarily because the declarations are objectively verified by independent sources. The EPDs make comparisons possible and are recognized on an international basis.”

You can find all available EPDs for voestalpine products here.

Of course EPD stands for Environmental Product Declaration, but to me personally, EPD really stands for Entirely Perfect Data. EPDs demonstrate the holistic environmental impact of products and motivate companies to act more sustainably through increased transparency. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Stella Sustainable, Sustainability Expert