Plastic pipes can play a major role in achieving the objectives of a large number of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
In addition to the numerous benefits of the plastic pipe systems there is also a strong and reliable scientific evidence that, in general plastic pipe systems offer a lower product environmental footprint than the alternative materials. These findings are represented in Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).
Plastic pipe manufacturers have been committed to recycling and reuse from the early days when plastic pipes were put on the market over 80 years ago. Circularity of plastic pipes is being ensured by the good quality standards, testing, efficient manufacturing processes and support of sustainable industry initiatives.
We strongly support the international initiative Operation Clean Sweep to reduce plastic pellet loss to the environment.The initiative’s aim is to ensure that the plastic pellets, flakes and powders that pass through manufacturing facilities are handled with care and do not end up in our rivers or seas.
Making Fair Comparisons between Alternative Materials
Life-cycle assessment (LCA) provides the internationally recognised method to quantify environmental impacts of products, processes and/or systems. It shows the environmental effects of a product over its entire life cycle, including extraction of raw materials, production of materials and the product, construction, use and end-of-life treatment.
An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) offers a standard way of communicating the output from an LCA and enables the user to assess the environmental impact of a pipe system and allows comparisons to be made with alternative products at the system level.