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The thermosetting resins used in GRP are far stronger and more durable than other plastics: Most GRP products have a lifespan of more than 50 years, Amiblu pipes even last for more than 150 years, which results in the product being considerably better for the environment. At the end of its lifecycle, GRP waste can be shredded and transported to e.g. cement plants to be energetically recycled in a furnace, thus replacing fossil fuels.
GRP pipes are sustainable in manufacturing, transport, and installation. They feature a small carbon footprint in production, low transport costs, and allow for a fast installation and efficient operation. They easily tackle all kinds of challenges such as soil and traffic loads. GRP pipes preserve resources and protect the integrity of networks thanks to their excellent leak-tightness under external and internal pressure, corrosion and abrasion resistance, weather and root infiltration resistance, as well as buckling resistance.
Compared to an open trench construction, 376,734 tons of CO2 were saved by jacking 7 km of Hobas GRP pipes for the wastewater treatment plant Czajka in Warsaw, Poland. This astonishing number equals the yearly emissions of 104,430 cars and was achieved by a combination of beneficial factors: Pipe jacking is an eco-friendly, resource-saving installation method especially suited for dense urban environments, and GRP a sustainable material with an exceptionally long service life.
Thanks to the material’s very long lifetime expectancy, supreme quality, and environmental friendliness, GRP products are solutions for generations and contribute to each of the three pillars of sustainability.
Economic sustainability is the ability to support a defined level of economic production indefinitely. It is, in other words, the process of allocating and protecting scarce resources, while ensuring positive social and environmental outcomes.
Social sustainability is the ability of a social system, such as a country, to maintain a defined level of social wellbeing indefinitely. Future generations should have the same or greater access to social resources as the current generation. Furthermore, there should be equal access to social resources within a generation.