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IGS Sustainability Statement

IGS Sustainability Statement

The International Geosynthetics Society believes that geosynthetics and associated technologies make a significant contribution to the achievement of sustainable development. The IGS is committed to complying with applicable legislation and maximizing the positive sustainability contribution of geosynthetics, while minimizing the environmental impacts of our operations, including events organized or endorsed by the Society. We will engage with, and communicate to, our employees, members, suppliers, and other stakeholders on the importance of sustainable practices. We will support them in improving their own sustainability performance. In order to lead by example, we will regularly report on our environmental performance against the objectives and targets we set, and we will seek to continually improve. Read the full statement here. [PDF]

Secure ponds and avoid any damage

Secure ponds and avoid any damage

These geocomposite strips create a preferred route for gas to move from underneath the geomembrane and out into the atmosphere. The system stops the gas pressure applied to the membrane, reducing mechanical stresses. This specific geosynthetic is economical, reduces the use of natural resources and increases the longevity of the pond.

Municipal wastewater sludge dewatering with geotextile tubes

Municipal wastewater sludge dewatering with geotextile tubes

Geotextile tubes could be an effective and sustainable solution for sludge dewatering in small-medium scale municipal wastewater treatment plants. Compared with mechanical devices, like centrifuges, in many cases they can achieve a better dewatering performance, decreasing significantly the final amount of the dehydrated sludge to send to disposal. Geotextile tubes also strongly reduce energy consumptions and they need a minimum maintenance, because of the absence of electro-mechanical components. Finally, the reduction of the sludge volume, combined with their storage capacity, lowers the trucks traffic (and then CO2 emissions) due to the transportation of the dried material from the plant to its final disposal.

Geosynthetics reduce the use of ballast

Geosynthetics reduce the use of ballast

When constructing the platform to a new retention basin for contaminated material on an industrial site in Luxemburg, it was decided to double the waterproof membrane with a geotextile to protect it from potential puncturing during the installation. As the aggregate ballast is poured, the geotextile absorbs the energy and prevents damage to the waterproof underlay. At the same time, it allows for a reduced layer of ballast, thus limiting the CO2 emissions resulting from the extraction and transportation of aggregates. As a result, the construction is more secure, uses less material, is more sustainable and contributes to a reduction in CO2 emissions.

Geosynthetics for efficient rain water management

Geosynthetics for efficient rain water management

As a result of increased urbanization and high amounts of paved surfaces, it has become increasingly important to efficiently manage rain water evacuation and collection. Directing rain water in the right direction and allowing it to infiltrate the ground, protects our housing and makes sure ground water levels are maintained. Geosynthetics are an indispensable part of such structures. They are used as wrapping layer in drainage channels and in underground infiltration systems. In these systems, they act as filters, allowing water to pass through into the drainage or infiltration system, while prevent soil and dirt from entering. This avoids contamination of the systems and increases the lifetime and the performance of the system.

Call for Abstracts Extension (deadline 20 May 2022)

Call for Abstracts Extension (deadline 20 May 2022)

As a member of the EAGM, we want to let you know that the call for abstracts for Geosynthetics Conference 2023 is now open. You are able to submit abstract submissions for technical papers of all types—see the current topics below. By being a member of our organization, you will be able to attend the show at a discount! The 2023 Geosynthetics Conference will be co-located with the International Erosion Control Association's (IECA) Annual Conference. Attendees will have access to the education from both shows so plan for an expanded audience! Authors, instructors and session chairs receive special pricing on registration. Final papers will be published in the official show proceedings and available in the geosynthetics proceedings archive. Abstract Deadline: May 20, 2022.

Geosynthetic events, conferences, exhibitions, meetings, webinars etc.

Geosynthetic events, conferences, exhibitions, meetings, webinars etc.

Updated EAGM website with Infographics.

Updated EAGM website with Infographics.

Last month the updated website of the EAGM went on line. Important changes are: More infographics highlighting the benefits and advantages of the use of geosynthetitcs. Availability of Life Cycle Assessment of 4 different applications, both as publication as in a PowerPoint presentation. A summary of the member benefits. On the footer an overview of the entire website, for easy navigation or finding specific information. A SEARCH function in the MENU, allowing you to find the information required quickly Start following the EAGM on LinkedIn for weekly updates for the use of geosynthetics and the on the sustainable advantages they bring.

Sustainable development with geosynthetics

Sustainable development with geosynthetics

Sustainable development and resource conservation are two major themes in our daily lives. The use of geosynthetics in environment, construction and public works provides definitive answers: pollution control, protection of water resources, longevity of infrastructures.... The following infographic takes up point by point the interest of geosynthetics on these subjects:

Porous paving with geosynthetics ✅ ticks every SUDS box

Porous paving with geosynthetics ✅ ticks every SUDS box

Geosynthetics offer great benefits when used with porous paving SUDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems), including: ✅ Ideal source control providing a fully permeable surface ✅ Separation of granular layers extending pavement design life and minimising surface settlement ✅Filtration of dirt, silt and general detritus for full infiltration systems, and pollution prevention ✅Geogrid/Geotextile geocomposite stabilises subbase foundation allowing reduction in thickness ✅Ticks all 4 pillars of good SUDS design: water quantity, water quality, amenity and biodiversity

Reduced impact on the environment by use of geotextiles

Reduced impact on the environment by use of geotextiles

Geotextiles perform the functions of filtration and separation in the construction of many hydraulic engineering works. They are permeable and allow water to seep through, while blocking the passage of soil particles. In road construction, this separator/filter function also prevents the penetration of granular sub-base layers into soft subgrades which can cause failure of the pavement surface or structure. Typical filter applications include French drains, coastal protection structures, revetment construction, slope-surface protection and drainage layers in earth dams. The use of geotextiles reduces the need for layers of sand or gravel and reduces the environmental impact of construction.

The use of Drainage Geocomposites in Landfill Drainage Systems.

The use of Drainage Geocomposites in Landfill Drainage Systems.

Landfills, still the most common waste disposal method in many countries, have raised environmental concerns over often being considered structures making exhausting demands on natural resources. Nevertheless, despite their controversial performance, they still remain vital elements of integrated waste management schemes. Geosynthetics can greatly improve landfills’ environmental performance by significantly minimizing or even eliminating the need for natural raw materials without compromising on economy or safety. For instance, a geosynthetic drainage element is capable of efficiently replacing a 300 mm thick granular drainage layer, and this leads to a reduction in excavation and compaction activities, the acceleration of works and the reduction in transportation requirements.