The European Union has committed to promote resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production. At a challenging time for Europe associating economic growth with sustainable development will be a cornerstone to improve Europeans’ everyday lives.
Quoting the European Commission’s website “the flagship initiative for a resource-efficient Europe provides a long-term framework for actions in many policy areas, supporting policy agendas for climate change, energy, transport, industry, raw materials, agriculture, fisheries, biodiversity and regional development.”
- Polyurethane is one of the most resource-efficient materials and contribute to “avoiding” waste creation from the design phase stage: its versatility and long lifespan allow for a wide range of uses throughout our daily lives, and it contributes to reducing waste and increasing energy efficiency. Polyurethane saves 14.5 million tons of CO2 in Europe each year in building insulation and lightweight automotive components alone, the equivalent of more than four London 2012 Olympic Games.
- Polyurethanes are recyclable, and the producers have a wide range of possibilities for dealing with end-of-life polyurethanes. When recycling is not environmentally or economically an option, polyurethanes waste can safely contribute to waste-to-energy to ensure that polyurethane is reinvested in the economic system while minimizing the burden on the environment.
- Polyurethanes use less than 0.1% of oil consumed worldwide and save up to 100 times more. The polyurethane industry heavily invests in research to continuously improve the sustainability of its product and look for sustainable raw materials.