Environmental Product Declarations offer a standard way of communicating the output from an LCA, enabling users to assess the environmental impacts of pipe systems, and allowing comparisons to be made with alternative products at the system level.
TEPPFA commissioned a series of independent studies by the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) to measure the environmental footprint of various plastic pipe systems based on life-cycle assessment. The work was validated by the Denkstatt sustainability consultancy in Austria.
Having an objective of ensuring transparency about the impact of plastic pipe systems on environment, the EPDs are based on the ISO standard for Type III environmental declarations (ISO 14025) and the European norms EN 15804 and EN 15942.
The data for the plastic systems are provided by the TEPPFA member companies. The data for the non-polymer alternative materials are based on publicly available figures.
A whole range of processes have been assessed to calculate the overall impacts. The EPDs show 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.View summary
The EPD Calculator demonstrates value that plastic pipe systems offer for a sustainable future and compares the environmental impact across different piping systems. It summarizes findings of the independent study by the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) measuring the environmental footprint of various plastic pipe systems based on life-cycle assessment.USE
Twenty one application areas were selected for the life-cycle assessment of plastic pipes, covering both the supply and drainage-sewage sides: