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Pipes made from PE-X with renewable raw materials enter the market

Viennese chemical company Borealis today announced the introduction of what it says is the world’s first pipe portfolio made of cross-linked polyethylene (PE-X) with a renewable raw material that carries mass balance accreditation in under the ISCC Plus program. Compared to conventional PE-X pipes, the PEX Pipe Blue product line would reduce the carbon footprint by up to 90%.

Borealis worked with Finnish company Uponor, a supplier of piping and other infrastructure products, to develop PEX Pipe Blue. Based on its Bornewables PE derived from second-generation natural resources, such as waste from pulp production or residue from food processing oils, new PEX Pipe Blue products will help building and construction customers achieve their sustainability goals in plumbing and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning installations.

Since the introduction of PE-X pipes 50 years ago, Uponor has continually sought to improve its product offering and processes. “The fact that we can now offer our customers 100% renewable PEX tubing means [the construction industry] can significantly reduce the climate footprint of its facilities and meet the needs of tomorrow [circularity goals] today,” said Robert Molund, Managing Director of Uponor AB. “With the use of Bonewables raw materials and the enormous CO2 reduction opportunity, we are confident that PEX Pipe Blue will soon be the new gold standard in this important market.

The carbon footprint of PEX Pipe Blue is based on Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) calculations in accordance with EN15804+A1 and CML/ISO21930. EPD assesses the environmental impact of products through life cycle assessments. All data is verified by an independent third party, Borealis said.

Likewise, ISCC Plus accreditation is based on a third-party mass balance, chain-of-custody model that tracks, traces and verifies sustainable content throughout the value chain, delivering sustainable products, the raw material to the final product. This means that for every ton of Bornewables Certified PE-X used in production, an equivalent amount of PEX Pipe Blue can be claimed as Certified Renewable, without compromising on quality or efficiency. To ensure that all requirements are met, ISCC PLUS certificates from Borealis and Uponor are audited annually.

“We are thrilled to be able to make such a significant contribution to the circular progress of the infrastructure and plastic pipe industries,” said John Webster, global business manager, Infrastructure, for Borealis. “Real advances towards greater sustainability and carbon neutrality require dedicated collaboration with value chain partners who share common goals. PEX Pipe Blue with Bornewables is an impressive example of what can be achieved when market leaders join forces. »

Borealis also announced that it will be exhibiting at K 2022, which will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany from October 19-26. The new Bonewables pipe solution produced in collaboration with Uponor will be exhibited in hall 6 at stand A43.