Sustainability and the Circular Economy

Plastic piping systems 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.

Environmental Bulletins

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 BPF Pipes Group has published 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
Environmental bulletin 6: Asking the Right Questions - making choices


The right choice - the role of EPDs in the selection of pipe systems | 2nd September 2021
The role plastic pipes will play in delivering net zero | 20th October 2021

Sustainability and Circular Economy News

Circular Economy Image TEPPFA 200421300 

Maximising the lifespan of your below ground pipe systems to help the circular economy

Plastic piping systems: Optimising product use on site to benefit the circular economy

What exactly is the circular economy?

Why is the circular economy so important?

What progress is being made on the circular economy journey?

Net zero and the contribution of plastic pipes


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.

Operation Clean Sweep®: Reducing pellet loss to the environment

TEPPFA Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

TEPPFA Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs)

Examples of how plastic pipe systems contribute to the UN Sustainability Development Goals