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Norway - Raising Environmental Performance

Pipelife in Norway has started to track its carbon footprint. To achieve the environmental performance that it seeks, the company will rely on human footprints...

With the aim of achieving certification for NS 14,035 by 2011, this Scandinavian company will involve all of its employees in a concerted drive to improve the use of its resources such as water, energy, packaging, transport, raw materials and waste. Architects of the program are convinced that it will enhance all aspects of the business operations and benefit the environment through better use of finite assets and a reduction in carbon emissions.

One of the first measures taken will be to introduce environmental accounts that will embrace the whole supply chain. All managers and employees will own the program. Their close involvement with green audits and a continuous improvement process will be essential.
Plastic pipe systems have a low environmental footprint and that factor alone should assist in concentrating efforts where most needed. Nevertheless, the complete value chain from cradle to installation site will be examined.

For example, on the logistics front, an optimum transport balance will be reached through guaranteed return of raw materials/deliveries. More efficient trucks and transport by sea from the Norwegian factories in Surnadal and Stathelle would clearly enhance the environmental performance of the distribution chain.

The firm is now committed to continuous product development to reduce the quantity of raw material required to make each meter of new quality piping. This is expected to require investment in manufacturing equipment.

Pipelife in Norway is convinced that by tracking and reducing its carbon footprint, the environmental benefits of using its plastic pipe systems will seem all the more appealing. With an inspired workforce and informed wholesalers and customers, this new environmental strategy has all the hallmarks of success.