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SUSTAINABILITY GOALS

Polesaver & The Environment

Polesaver promotes the preservation of natural resources by harnessing renewable materials. 

Find out how we can support your CSR goals.

WHY CONSIDER WOOD?

In conjunction with Polesaver, wood is the proven material of choice for environmentally positive utility poles

Wood & Polesaver:

Lowers CO₂ Emissions

Longer-Life Power Poles

Achieves CSR Goals

Ensures Total Pole Protection

Some Polesaver Users

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WOOD VS THE ALTERNATIVES

In the context of environmental awareness, prioritising timber over higher-carbon materials such as concrete and steel stands out as a significant strategy for mitigating carbon emissions, as highlighted by high profile companies such as the Committee on Climate Change. Timber treatment combined with ground line barrier protection offers an enduring shield against fungal decay and insect infestation for one of the most sustainable construction materials in the market. This choice promotes the preservation of natural resources by harnessing renewable materials and minimising reliance on non-renewable alternatives. 

In an analysis focused on utility poles, life cycle assessment (LCA) findings highlight the superiority of Polesaver barrier sleeves over alternative options. When applied to UC4 treated wooden poles, the environmental costs associated with production is lower than that of concrete, steel, and vinyl composites. As well as providing a longer-life span for treated timber poles, the ground line barrier sleeves also protected the critical, permeable ground line from preservative loss. The Polesaver protected wooden pole exhibits the least impact on ecosystems, human health, and resources. The following table demonstrates the lifetime environmental cost of a wooden pole protected with Polesaver, alongside other materials. 

HOW THEY COMPARE

Total CO₂ Emissions Over 40 Years (kg)*

*Data based on minimum expected service life
*Lifetime CO₂ emissions include CO₂emissions to manufacture and replace each product over a 40-year period. A wood post stores 22kgs of CO₂which is taken into account in the calculations. Full environmental data available on request
*Lifespan of UC4 treated timber varies based on preservative used
*The Polesaver sleeve also protects the ground line which reduces ground contamination
*Environmental data taken from Conclusions and Summary Report on an Environmental Lifecycle Assessment of Utility Poles prepared by: AquAeTer, Inc

SUMMARY

When evaluating materials for utility poles and similar applications, considering their life cycle costs provides valuable insights. This entails accounting for factors such as timber cost, treatment processes, preservative retention, transportation, installation, maintenance, inspection, replacement, and end-of-life disposal. In this regard, Polesaver barrier sleeves offer a comprehensive solution that not only minimises environmental impact but also ensures cost-effectiveness over the entire lifespan of utility poles. 

POLESAVER & WOOD – THE SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION

Polesaver maximises the potential of wooden utility poles and ensures you reach your CSR goals

Lowers CO₂ Emissions

Wood utility poles fitted with Polesaver rot protection can reduce the carbon footprint of each pole by up to -302kg over the pole’s lifetime.  

Longer-Life Power Poles

Thanks to Polesaver’s proven rot protection, wooden utility poles can be protected against rot, increasing the life of your poles by 20+ years.

Ensures Total Protection

In addition to Polesaver Sleeve’s, termite and fire protection systems are also available in the form of our Fire Fabric & Termi-Guard products to help ensure total pole protection.

Achieves CSR Goals

Increased pole life and significantly reduced carbon footprint helps your utility easily achieve it’s CSR goals.

THE EVIDENCE

Based on independent EN252 field test data, Polesaver Sleeves are proven to increase pole life from the start.

Ground line decay means that a typical wooden utility pole loses strength over time and once below the 50% strength threshold; pole replacement will be required.

Polesaver rot protection makes conventional ground line decay impossible, thus ensuring that utility pole strength is maintained and CO₂ emissions are lowered over time.

Rot protection is the only proven and independently tested the product on the market that ensures utility pole strength is maintained over-time at the critical ground-line section, ensuring long-life power poles and reduced environmental impact.

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Graph showing how Polesaver increases wood utility pole life by 20 years from the start

(based on independent EN252 field test data, full report available on request)

CONCLUSION

Choosing wood treated with ground line barrier sleeves for utility applications offers a sustainable solution with significant environmental benefits. This approach reduces carbon emissions, promotes resource efficiency, and minimises environmental impacts throughout the lifecycle of utility infrastructure. By enhancing durability and longevity while mitigating hazards associated with traditional materials, such as concrete and steel, this environmentally conscious choice aligns with sustainable practices and contributes to the overall goal of reducing environmental footprints in utility operations. 

CASE STUDIES

Polesaver Sleeves are used and specified by utility companies around the globe in 30+ countries worldwide.
Learn more in our case studies below

CASE STUDY

Rovakaira  – Finland

Rovakaira, Polesaver customer case study
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CASE STUDY

UMEME  – Uganda

UMEME, Polesaver customer case study
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CASE STUDY

ENEO – Cameroon

ENEO, Polesaver customer case study
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