November 30, 2023

Press Release

Fletcher Building Joins Mott Macdonald In EPD Initiative

Fletcher Building and Mott MacDonald have joined to create a New Zealand Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) library housed on Mott MacDonald’s international Moata Carbon Portal.

EPDs have been likened to a nutrition label on food. Their role is to tell the environmental story of a product over its life cycle, using a science-based, standards-compliant, and independently verified approach. With this information, people designing and planning infrastructure projects can compare products and a carbon baseline to make informed choices about which products they will use.

“EPDs make it easy for people to understand the environmental impacts of a product they may be considering using. The NZ EPD Library builds on this by housing the information in one simple portal reducing the need for people to search multiple sites for this type of information,” says Fletcher Building’s Sustainability Manager, Dr Ferran de Miguel Mercader. The library will initially include 13 Fletcher Building EPDs.

Mott MacDonald first introduced the Moata Carbon Portal (the portal) to New Zealand in 2018 to democratise decarbonisation and simplify the process of calculating carbon in the built environment. The portal is essentially a carbon calculator aligned to PAS 2080 (a global standard for managing embodied carbon in infrastructure) that allows the supply chain to identify and calculate carbon emissions for their design. Developed in collaboration with industry experts, the portal allows for carbon insights to be accessed by anyone, not just the carbon experts.

Fletcher Building has committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 30% by 2030. Currently it has achieved a 16% reduction since the FY2018 base year. The company is calling on other manufacturers to put their EPDs into the library to support a more sustainable society.

For further information, visit the website: Fletcher Building