PVC is a low carbon material, much lower than many alternatives and displays astonishing longevity, even in the harshest environments. PVC has numerous benefits and offers a reliable and low impact solution to water abstraction and movement.
Carbon impact of PVC
One measure of a material’s environmental impact is its carbon footprint. Carbon footprinting is a complex exercise and takes into account the embedded carbon impact of the materials (the impact of producing the raw material in the first place), the carbon impact of processing the materials, and the impact of disposal/recycling. This is expressed in Kgs or tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).
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Stainless steel (304L)
Boode’s well screen & casing materials are manufactured in Holland (transported by road and sea for the UK market). Consequently, the environmental impact associated with transport for product supplied from Holland is significantly lower than material sourced from the Far East or Indian Sub-Continent. The table below shows Kg CO2e per tonne delivered from a range of locations (Shanghai, Mumbai, and Rotterdam).
CO2 Holland (for UK)
CO2 Holland (Ex-Works)
Longevity of PVC
One of the key attributes of PVC is its longevity, and more importantly its ability to provide longevity across a massively wide range of differing environments. Key to this is PVC’s resistance to oxidising substances.
The same is not true of other well materials. Consequently, the life-cycle of PVC in the field is in the region of 100 years minimum. If alternative materials are used in areas with high levels of corrosivity they may only have an operation life of a couple of years.
Boode recover and recycle a minimum of 95% of all production waste from their production in a closed loop recycling process.