Used in dewatering and breakwater applications
In response to increasing awareness of the positive environmental contributions of geosynthetic materials, the Water & Environment business unit of TenCate Geosynthetics described in a May 8 press release its TenCate Geotube® carbon footprint calculator for use with dewatering and breakwater applications.
The release says that the carbon footprint calculator determines the CO2 footprint of sludge dewatering projects and of hydraulic structures for breakwater applications built with TenCate Geotube® systems. TenCate has been working with Sustain, the environmental accounting agency from the U.K., which validated the calculator.
The press release noted that 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.
Alternatives to geosynthetics and geosystems are usually traditional materials such as concrete, aggregate, and steel, which often have to be transported as heavy loads over long distances. By opting for geosynthetic materials, by contrast, locally available materials such as sand or sediments can be used, which can reduce the overall carbon footprint of a project.