13. Oct 2020
Inovyn, a leading producer of vinyls, is pleased to announce its partnership with Pipelife Sweden to provide sustainable PVC pipes made using Biovyn to ‘The Hope Project’.
The Hope Project, developed by Gothenburg City, will build a fossil-free preschool as part of the City’s long-term climate strategy. It will use various sustainable processes and materials in its construction, and aims to bring together a range of sustainability experts, innovators, entrepreneurs and suppliers to deliver a truly sustainable community building.
Pipelife Sweden, a leading supplier of piping system solutions for infrastructure, buildings and agriculture, was successful in bidding to supply PVC pipes for the project, which will be used for drainage and sanitation when it opens in 2021.
The use of PVC as the “material of choice” for pipes is already well established, thanks to the many benefits this highly versatile polymer has over other materials such as clay or metal. PVC pipes are safe, highly durable (over 100 years), sustainable and recyclable, which makes them perfect for an extensive variety of domestic and industrial applications including drinking water, irrigation, sanitisation, electric cable protection and fire sprinklers.
Developed by Inovyn, Biovyn is a specialist grade of PVC made using a renewable feedstock derived from wood-based residue from the forestry industry. It delivers a greenhouse gas saving of over 90% compared to conventionally produced PVC as certified by The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB).
“Biovyn is the perfect material for this initiative,” said Inovyn marketing manager Inna Jeschke. “It builds on the excellent pedigree of conventional PVC, taking it to the ‘next level’ by removing fossil fuels (and the associated greenhouse gas emissions) from its production. It therefore fits perfectly with the key criteria set by Gothenburg City, which is to reduce its consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions by 75% by 2050.”
Ove Söderberg, project manager for Pipelife Sweden, said that the sustainable and innovative nature of the product made it 'the perfect choice for us when specifying our PVC pipes'.
"To make the finished pipes, BIOVYNTM is being combined with other recycled PVC material, which adds even more to the already strong sustainability credentials of this flagship project as an excellent example of PVC in the circular economy,” he concluded.