Controversial pipe LCA claims concrete is better than PVC

Concrete sewer pipes have a markedly better environmental performance than PVC pipes across a range of impacts, according to a life cycle assessment (LCA) published by the Dutch association of concrete pipe manufacturers, VPB.1 Its case has been weakened by a refusal to publish key raw data, but the study adds to the PVC industry's problems in portraying its product as environmentally benign.

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