Application Group Overview

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.

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
Environmental bulletin 6: Asking the Right Questions - making choices

Sustainability and Circular Economy News Articles   

Radius Large Diameter Barrier Pipe Mechanical Fitting BG 1 Maximising the lifespan of your below ground pipe systems to help the circular economy
Polypipe Rigistorm XL Housing Residential Section 104 Image 5 BG 1 Plastic piping systems: Optimising product use on site to benefit the circular economy
 Circular _economy _150x 123px  What exactly is the circular economy?
 Terrain Fabrication 1 (002) Why is the circular economy so important?
 Polypipe _manhole _lifting _BG_480x 325px What progress is being made on the circular economy journey?
Wavin _UFH_Manifold Installation .2  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.

BPF: Sustainability of plastics

Operation Clean Sweep®: Reducing pellet loss to the environment

TEPPFA Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

TEPPFA Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs)



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United Nations Sustainability Development Goals

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

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