In response to the increasing awareness of the positive environmental aspects of geosynthetics and geosystems, TenCate Geosynthetics has developed the Geotube carbon footprint calculator for use in dewatering and breakwater applications.
This CO2 footprint calculator provides water management customers with background information on several aspectas of sustainability.
Based on factual market and database information, the calculator determine the CO2 footprint of sludge dewatering projects and of hydraulic structures for breakwater applications, to be built with the durable TenCate Geotube systems.
TenCate Geosynthetics has been working together with Sustain, the independent environmental accounting agency from the United Kingdom, which validated the calculator.
The total footprint of an application is determined by using the independently validated database information on the impact of various factors, including types of transport, transport distances, and energy consumption by country. Within the calculator it is also possible to compare the solution that uses the Geotube system with other dewatering solutions.
Based on its sustainability policy, TenCate continues to display the positive impact of advanced
Geosynthetics and geosystems have a positive impact on sustainability and the environment at large, the company says. Alternatives are usually traditional materials such as concrete, stones and steel, which often have to be transported as heavy loads over long distances. By opting for geosynthetics, locally available materials – such as sand or sediments – can be used, which drastically reduces the overall carbon footprint of a Geotube-based project.