Environmental characteristics

Last updated on Mon, 02/07/2011 - 20:13

100% recyclable indefinitely without losing any of its properties

Cast iron is made from recycled raw materials and so saves natural resources. Unlike plastics, it can be completely and systematically recycled at the end of its life through processes harmless to the environment.

PAM pipe systems can be recycled without any deterioration of their properties, so they can be reused for exactly the same purpose. In other words, a pipe can be recycled as pipe.
Owing to the stability of their mechanical properties, it is currently considered that the service life of PAM cast iron pipe systems is twice that of alternative products made of plastic materials.

Nothing is wasted: everything is recycled

Cast iron pipe systems are based on the principle of modular ranges made of removable components. Their mechanical assemblies are reversible. You can change your mind today or even tomorrow.
When pipe systems are disassembled or modified, these components can be reused, which cuts down waste dumping.

Enhancing processes and optimising ease of installation

At design stage, the aims are to make the cast iron products lighter and easier to install on work sites and to improve installers’ safety.

With the objective of reducing the impact on the environment, automation and inspections are increased in number in order to cut down on the consumption of raw materials and energy required whilst optimising product quality.
As a result of continued improvements in the spinning process, the profile and the weight of cast iron pipes have been optimised over the last 20 years while maintaining their robustness.
10 kg less to carry for a diameter of DN 100 means greater productivity on work sites.

A manufacturer's commitment: protect the environment and the health of personnel

For SAINT-GOBAIN, commitment to sustainable development actions by ensuring their plants' absolute compliance with regulations in force is just the start.
The plants in the metallurgical industry call for greater vigilance and strict compliance with instructions as the risks of serious accidents are particularly high.

European cast iron plants have introduced an Environment Management System.
The comprehensive approach adopted led to the ISO 14001 certification for the Telford plant in the UK in 2004, and to the same certification covering product development for the Bayard plant in France, end of 2006.

As the world leader in construction products, SAINT-GOBAIN aims to provide innovative solutions to take up the challenges for the future posed by environment protection and energy savings.
All its products are designed with a view to making full allowance for environmental issues and enhancing the energy efficiency of buildings.

The Group is committed to protecting the health and safety of its employees, preventing its processes from having any detrimental environmental consequences, and fully integrating all the social and societal aspects of its operations into its business management.
Its adoption of the United Nations' World Pact in 2003 confirmed its commitment to responsible and sustainable development, as Saint-Gobain undertook to implement the pact's 10 principles as part of its strategy and daily actions.