INDEPENDENT STUDY SHOWS USING MAXCELL REDUCES GREEN HOUSE GASES BY 86.6 PERCENT AND DRAMATICALLY OUTPERFORMS INDUSTRY STANDARD
WADSWORTH, OHIO (March 16, 2012) – MaxCell, the exclusive provider of fabric innerduct solutions for multiple cabling applications, is making dramatically significant contributions to improving the sustainability of the innerduct and network construction industry, according to an independent study by ICF International.
As awareness and concern about climate change, energy consumption reduction and the use of natural resources continues to grow, MaxCell is taking substantial steps to quantify how they will help reduce carbon footprint when using innerduct, and demonstrating a strong commitment to sound environmental stewardship.
The analysis conducted by ICF looked to quantify a comprehensive carbon footprint for MaxCell to determine total carbon emissions associated with the product across its entire life cycle. The assessment found that using MaxCell reduces lifecycle carbon emissions by 86.6 percent vs. High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) innerduct systems.
"At MaxCell, we’re continually striving to provide the utmost in environmentally friendly technology," said MaxCell Vice President Mike Miller. "By improving resource efficiency and reducing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions we’re taking big strides in making a positive environmental impact on both the industry and our customers."
Using MaxCell products will result in considerable efficiency improvements, the report noted, offering environmental benefits gained from lightweight materials used in the product and its ability to fit three times as many network cable pathways in the same amount of space required for one cable pathway using HDPE innerduct. MaxCell is a “no dig” solution that utilizes existing underground infrastructure more efficiently, instead of the alternative method of digging a new trench and laying additional conduit.
The raw materials used in manufacturing also have a significant impact on MaxCell’s reduced carbon footprint, with the process contributing to over 60 percent of MaxCell’s total product carbon footprint.
Installation of MaxCell products is also a key component in reducing carbon footprint; almost half of MaxCell installation can be accomplished by hand, so the energy and emissions associated with installation are less than 10 percent of the total product carbon footprint.
The carbon savings associated with MaxCell are so drastic that for every million feet of single-cell MaxCell installed instead of HDPE innerduct, the resulting savings are 644 metric tons of CO2 equivalents. These incredible GHG savings are equal to the annual emissions of more than 126 passenger vehicles on the road, or over 72,000 gallons of gasoline consumed.
“Our dedication to conserving valuable resources and helping to reduce GHG’s not only serves in strengthening our customers’ green credentials, but also works to reduce the carbon footprint of our entire industry,” added Miller.
More than 200 million linear feet of MaxCell innerduct has been installed around the world in a variety of applications, including cable TV, telecom, power/utilities, municipalities, universities, corporate and hospital campuses, and military/government installations. For more information, visit www.maxcell.us.
ICF International partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy, environment, transportation, social programs, defense and homeland security markets.
About the Assessment
ICF’s analysis was developed in compliance with the British Standard Institute’s Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2050. The British Standard Institute developed the PAS 2050 with support from the Carbon Trust and the U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) . ICF used the Carbon Trust’s Footprint Expert™ tool, which is consistent with PAS 2050 standards, to estimate GHG emissions.