Borealis: Water Footprint Initiative with Uponor
Borealis, provider of innovative value creating plastic solutions and Uponor, supplier of plumbing and heating systems, have announced at the World Water Week in Stockholm a joint initiative to pilot for the first time the concept of water footprint to the manufacturing of a plastic application.
Borealis and Uponor have applied the concept to assess the amount of water needed to equip a typical home with a modern plumbing and underfloor heating system.
Borealis and Uponor findings will be shared with researchers to align approaches and make validated methodologies available for other products or value chains.
The initiative will investigate water uses across the entire plastics industry value chain from raw materials extraction to a full system installed at home. Initial findings show that a typical under floor heating and tap water plumbing systems for a 100 m² apartment using 500 metres of PEX pipe require some 29 m³ of water from “cradle to home”. The plastics material and pipe production account for a third of the total footprint of the system once installed.
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