The Plasterboard Sustainability Partnership (PSP) came into existence in 2009 as an output of a DEFRA programme to develop a Plasterboard Roadmap, identifying the environmental impacts of plasterboard throughout its lifecycle. The PSP is made up of the broad range of stakeholders links to contacts page involved in the production, installation and disposal of plasterboard as well as the relevant government departments and regulatory agencies. The members of PSP are listed in Contacts.
The intent of the PSP is to enable greater awareness and understanding amongst all stakeholders of existing knowledge about the role plasterboard plays in construction and of the sustainability links to sustainability page issues throughout the supply chain, and to use this knowledge to develop practical and coordinated strategies for sustainability. This includes economic and social as well as environmental impacts.
Considerable knowledge already exists on the use, impacts and recyclability of plasterboard and key reports can be found in Library. A range of actions and initiatives already exist to improve collaboration in the supply chain, such as the Ashdown Agreement. Details of these are available here.
The PSP arose out of the Government initiative on product Roadmaps to sustainability. A product roadmap is a tool to help us better understand the environmental and, in some cases, wider sustainability impacts of a particular product and the ways in which these impacts can be mitigated. The roadmaps aim to:
The roadmap is an analysis tool to identify environmental issues. The PSP has been formed between a broad range of stakeholders and Government to collaborate on strategies to develop actions to address the environmental impacts that occur across the plasterboard life cycle, where evidence shows this would be most effective. As well as addressing the environmental impacts associated with plasterboard, it will enable us to explore plasterboard’s positive impacts and its potential contribution, though its insulation properties and use of recycled materials, to improving the sustainability of buildings.
Housing – which includes buildings, construction and appliances – accounts for 20-35% of all environmental impacts. Within this broader category, across its lifecycle, plasterboard can generate significant environmental impacts, for example, waste at the end of life. The plasterboard sector has already demonstrated commitment to improving the environmental performance of plasterboard