Environment

ISOPA explains and gains awareness for the environmental performance and advantages of polyurethanes. It commissions studies relating to industry and the environment and provides perspective and data to regulators and enquirers.

Here is an example of ISOPA's activities - Recovery

At the end of their in-service lives, polyurethanes can be recycled mechanically or chemically and by feedstock recycling. Alternatively, their intrinsic energy value can be recovered by combustion in advanced installations.

ISOPA supports the recycling of polyurethanes wherever it is economically and ecologically sensible.

ISOPA's Environmental Resource Advisory Group works on recycling and recovery issues and seeks dialogue with legislators, other associations and downstream industries. Its aim is to develop industry based solutions for the recovery and recycling of polyurethanes.

Existing projects demonstrate that recycling and recovery reduce the volume of polyurethane waste going to landfill. From European sources, more than 250,000 tonnes of polyurethane are recycled and recovered every year.

ISOPA is now focusing on waste streams under consideration by the European Union for regulation. These are automotive waste (End-of-Life Vehicles - ELV), electrical waste (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment - WEEE) and waste from buildings (Construction and Demolition Waste - C&DW).

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