Is PU really good for the environment?

Have you ever thought about what happens to a car at the end of its life? Up to a quarter of its total weight can end up in landfill. However, components made of polyurethane can be safely recycled and their energy recovered. Their relative lightness also lowers the overall vehicle weight, which reduces fuel consumption and emissions. Polyurethane is an excellent insulator, cutting down on energy waste in buildings, water heaters and pipes, refrigerators and refrigerated lorries. In fact, PU insulation saves about 80 times more energy than it takes to make it – which is extremely good news for our planet!

 

SPOTLIGHT

In recent years, the international community has joined together in recognition of the growing threat from global warming, driven primarily by CO2 emissions. Achieving optimum thermal design of buildings can achieve large cuts in CO2, with numerous other benefits. But at least half of Europe’s existing buildings are not insulated, while current construction standards in most of Europe are also still not high enough. XCO2 Energy, has prepared a guide showing in depth, why and how we should design well-insulated and energy-efficient buildings. This sustainability guide discusses the criteria for choosing which insulation material and design of insulating systems and is extensively illustrated with diagrams and illustrative energy modeling. Click here for more information

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