Uponor Infra and Borealis Collaborate to Create a Gravity Plastic Pipe With up to 70% CO2 Reduction
Sep 15, 2021
Uponor Infra Oy and Borealis are leading the way for sustainable infrastructure development: Ultra Rib 2 Blue guarantees high performance and over 100 years of service while maintaining existing quality standards and certifications.
True to its vision to become a recognised leader in sustainable building and infrastructure solutions, Uponor collaborates with Borealis, one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and circular polyolefin solutions and a European market leader in base chemicals and the mechanical recycling of plastics, to source the sustainable raw material used in Ultra Rib 2 Blue. The product utilises Borealis BornewablesTM, a portfolio of circular polyolefin products manufactured with renewable feedstocks, which offer the same material performance as virgin polyolefins, yet decoupled from fossil-based feedstock.
The specifications of Ultra Rib 2 Blue are the same in terms of properties and performance as the standard Ultra Rib 2. The pipes are manufactured at Uponor's ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) certified factory in Fristad, Sweden. As part of this certification, customers receive a sustainability declaration of the amount of renewable raw material in their delivery of Ultra Rib 2 Blue following the mass balance approach.
Helping customers meet their sustainability goals
The remarkable reduction in CO2 footprint is achieved by partially replacing fossil feedstock with renewable feedstock, unsuitable for human consumption (waste and residue streams), and traceable back to the first collection points. The chain of custody created by the ISCC PLUS certification makes that Borealis’ Bornewables portfolio and Uponor’s Ultra Rib 2 Blue meet the high sustainability standards of ISCC PLUS.
Uponor signature colour is blue, now used as the flagship to endorse its sustainability commitment. With Uponor, Blue is the new green.
"We are pleased to collaborate with Borealis to create a plastic pipe with up to 70% reduction in carbon footprint. We are delivering on our promise to offer the highest quality now in a sustainable product. Our customers can be confident they are making the right decision for the future of our environment," says Sebastian Bondestam, President of Uponor Infra.
“The Bornewables portfolio represents a key step in our efforts to offer products decoupled from fossil-based feedstock, with the aim of providing a solution to the climate challenge. Through this product range, we are accelerating action on circularity in line with our EverMinds™ mindset, by helping our customers and the construction industry to set and achieve ambitious sustainability targets while meeting the stringent requirements of pipe quality standards,” says Robin Bresser, Head of Marketing, Pipe at Borealis.
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