Environmentally preferable products (EPP) are widely recognized as having lower environmental impacts than typical products in the same category. Government agencies, architects, designers, businesses, and institutions are increasingly seeking to purchase EPP products. SCS Global Services uses the most advanced life-cycle assessment (LCA) metrics to confirm that your products meet this standard of excellence - a leading measure of sustainability.
SCS Global Services is an internationally recognized third-party certifier of environmental claims in the green building, food, energy, and consumer product sectors. SCS certification signals that your EPP claim is backed by rigorous scientific review.
Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) certification is available to producers of manufactured goods, input material manufacturers, and electricity providers.
To be certified, your product must perform equal to or better in every category of potential environmental impact than other products serving the same function, with no environmental trade-offs. This performance addresses every stage of the product life cycle from raw material extraction and processing through manufacturing, use, and final disposition.
SCS uses the most advanced life cycle assessment (LCA) protocols, now described in a new draft standard undergoing finalization in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process, to make its EPP determinations.
SCS provides a number of additional services that are complementary to EPP certification, including production of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), life cycle assessment studies (LCA), and Whole Building LCAs. In addition, we are happy to bundle your EPP certification with specific environmental claims to respond to your customers' specifications.
EPP results are reported for those impact categories that are applicable and environmentally relevant for your product. They are drawn from the following complete list. To learn more about each category, download this pdf.
Apply for Service
Complete and submit the SCS Application Form. SCS reviews the information provided on your application form, and schedules a scoping call.
The scoping call is intended to answer any outstanding questions SCS may have about your product. Together, we define the benchmark or baseline case to be used for comparison, and the scope of the assessment. Data resources are also discussed.
Authorize a Proposal and Work Order
SCS prepares a proposal and work order for your approval spelling out the scope of work, timeline and quote.
Data Request Form
SCS customizes a data request form (DRF) for you, based on the product and scope of work. Once you receive the DRF, fill it out and send it back to SCS. SCS answers any questions you have to help you fill it out correctly.
Comparative Life Cycle Assessment
Once SCS receives the completed DRF, the EPP assessment is conducted.
SCS makes the final certification decision. If certification is granted, SCS issues the certificate and final report. The product is posted to the SCS Certified Product Directory.
Certification to this rigorous EPP standard provides the following potential benefits:
Certified products are entitled to use the SCS Kingfisher certification mark for on-product and off-product applications.