All energy usage within the Group is monitored and measured per ton. The production processes of extrusion and injection-moulding of plastics use electricity. Other energy sources are only used for heating.
As with energy consumption, Pipelife is keen to limit and control water usage. In most Pipelife factories we use closed systems and great care is taken to reduce water wastage.
One of our top priorities is to maximize recycling and minimize waste in all production processes. Pipelife lowers usage of raw materials by developing lightweight systems and reusing production waste.
As a member of The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA), Pipelife has been active in industry initiatives to promote recycling, such as the Vinyl 2010 Voluntary Commitment for Sustainable Development. In 2010, this initiative is already well on its way to reaching its target of recycling 200,000 tons of PVC per year.
The Pipelife Group has joined, from 2007 to 2011, a co-operative venture with the Austrian Red Cross entitled “Water and Health in East Timor” and donated EUR 75,000 to support the Red Cross in providing 20,000 people in the poorest country in Asia with access to clean drinking water. Through this strategic partnership, Pipelife is making an important contribution to safeguarding vital water resources for the residents of East Timor. read more »»
The Pipelife Group has been able to lower the amount of energy used. This achievement could be accomplished by, for example, using the energy from injection moulding machines to heat or cool the buildings at the new injection moulding plant in The Netherlands.
By utilizing new materials, Pipelife is able to use less in order to get more output, thereby ensuring that less energy is consumed.
To ensure the quality of our products and systems we have increased the number of factories having ISO 9001 / 14001. 70% of our entities are already certified and the quality program should be rolled out continuously. The Pipelife Group is part of this system in many countries, such as the Nordic Poly Mark, Gris and Komo.
One of the aims of our new product development is sustainability, with less packaging and transport involved. Pipelife’s Smartline system is designed to need fewer parts and to provide a more optimal solution for the customer.
We are anxious to use as much recycled material as possible. One of Pipelife’s new cable pipes is already made out of 100% recycled material and more projects are running. One of these is a new large diameter investment in COEX PVC in Germany and the Czech Republic, where the middle layer of the pipe is filled with scrap material only.
All chemicals that could have a negative effect on the environment are being eliminated. Pipelife’s complete PVC production has changed from using lead based stabilizers to a calcium based one. The Group is part of Vinyl 2010 and has implemented REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) in all its companies.