Application Group Overview

Sustainability and the Circular Economy

Plastics make an immense contribution to environmental sustainability and the circular economy. The BPF Pipes Group and its members aim to be a key player in the delivery of sustainable solutions within the circular economy.

The environmental credentials of all construction products are under scrutiny.  In the UK housing sector, most new properties use plastic pipes for hot and cold water systems chosen because they meet operational needs, pipe sizing requirements, jointing preference and installation demands. Plastic piping systems contribute very little to the overall impact of a construction project. Nevertheless, in seeking to meet the UK’s commitment to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, every bit counts. The Pipes Group is publishing a series of six bulletins to introduce Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and how to use them in building design to aid product choice for sustainable plumbing systems.

Environmental bulletin 1: Introduction
Environmental bulletin 2: Life Cycle Assessment
Environmental bulletin 3: Balancing Environmental Impacts
Environmental bulletin 4: Interpreting Environmental Product Declarations
Environmental bulletin 5: Applying Your Knowledge

We work closely with The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA) and the British Plastics Federation (BPF) to raise awareness of the value that plastic pipe systems offer for a sustainable future.

Examples of how plastic piping systems contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

BPF: Sustainability of plastics

Operation Clean Sweep®: Reducing pellet loss to the environment

TEPPFA Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

TEPPFA Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs)