EPD & LCA
Pipelife as an active member of The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA) is keen to raise awareness of the value that plastic pipe systems offer for a sustainable future. Within TEPPFA, we commissioned an independent study by the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) to measure the environmental footprint of our various plastic pipe systems based on life-cycle assessment. The work was validated by the Denkstatt sustainability consultancy in Austria.
A life-cycle assessment (LCA) provides the most recognized 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 such a life-cycle assessment 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.
An important objective was to provide transparency about the impact of plastic pipe systems on our environment. The EPDs are based in the ISO standard for Type III environmental declarations (ISO 14025), the European norm EN 15804 (Sustainability of construction works - Environmental product declarations - Core rules for the product category of construction products) and EN 15942 (communication format). The underlying LCAs are following the principles of the ISO standards 14040 and 14044.
The data for the plastic systems are provided by the TEPPFA member companies. The data for the non-polymer alternative materials (ductile iron, concrete, copper) are based on publicly available figures. All data are presented on a yearly basis.