23 April 2010
23 April 2010
Nidaplast composites has presented a Bilan Carbone (Carbon Balance Sheet) study assessing CO2 emissions linked to the life cycle of thermoplastic honeycomb structures.
“The results of this first carbon footprint study that we have undertaken confirm the value of polypropylene honeycomb structures for manufacturers with a concern for sustainable development, in terms of both design and applications”, explains Luc Nuttens, development engineer at nidaplast composites.
Nidaplast say that the lightness of honeycomb (95% void content), sandwiched between two skins, enables structural sandwich panels to be both cost effective and environmentally friendly. “From polyester truck panels to the lightening of structures made of natural stone, such as marble, from made-to-measure products through to mass production, nidaplast honeycomb combines all the fundamental environmental advantages: low consumption of raw materials in a lightweight structure meaning reduced greenhouse gas emissions during the manufacturing and transport processes. The carbon footprint study confirms that nidaplast honeycomb offers its customers products that help provide solutions in terms of eco-design for companies looking, for example, to anticipate future environmental regulations and to adopt a long-term environmental approach”.
The Bilan Carbone is a standardised method developed by ADEME to quantify the greenhouse gas emissions generated directly or indirectly by an activity.
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