Sicut believes passionately in sustainability and the environment and believes that it’s infrastructure products are truly sustainable. Not only can each Sicut composite sleeper make highly effective use of upto 90kg of waste plastic, which has hitherto either been sent off to the Far East, been deposited in landfills or ended up in our rivers and oceans, but it also substitutes for extremely unsustainable materials such as timber and concrete.
For example it is estimated that for every mile of railway track installed with hardwood sleepers, more than 900 hardwood trees must be felled, often in South America or Africa, for just 15-20 years of use, compared to the 150 years these trees had taken to grow. With the impending ban on the use of creosote in Europe, the life cycle for timber sleepers is expected to fall significantly, further increasing the carbon footprint of such products. Compared to timber, Sicut estimates that every Sicut composite sleeper installed leads to saving of more than 120,000 kg CO2-e.
Sicut is aware of its wider environmental responsibilities and tries to limits its impact wherever possible; it minimises its use water in its production process, seeks to reduce energy use where practicable and recycles any production waste trough its unique open to closed loop process in which 100% of its products are also recyclable at the end of life. Sicut’s commitment to the environment and sustainability is reflect in its ISO 14001:2015 UKAS accredited certification.
Turning today’s waste into tomorrow’s infrastructure