Category Archives: Climate Change

The “dream reaction” – using CO2 as a raw material for even more sustainable polyurethanes

On 30 May 2011, Fiona Harvey from the Guardian warned about carbon dioxide (CO2) emission figures to be published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), and our prospects seem bleak, to say the least. A record 30.6 gigatonnes CO2, mostly from burning fossil fuels, was released into the atmosphere in 2010 according to the agency - the worst figures to date.

Copenhagen catching up with pioneer cities on Green roofs

I recently went to Copenhagen for the first time; it felt like having landed in a haven of well-being, green and leafy. Copenhagen is one of these cities concerned with a certain harmony between urban environments and natural habitats. Back in Brussels I discovered that the Copenhagen City Council adopted a mandatory legislation to increase the number of green roofs last year.

The secret power of wall insulation and A-rated boilers

The secret power of wall insulation and A-rated boilers Who said insulation wasn’t a sexy topic? - To be honest, pretty much everyone! And this is despite the obvious benefits of good insulation: it saves money, it is good for the environment and it is not rocket science. Polyurethanes are among the best-performing insulation materials, so we are fairly used to hammering these arguments at Polyurethanes. But in order to convince, Friends of the Earth UK ( FoE UK ) decided on a new approach; Inspired by US President Barack Obama’s most famous statement on energy efficiency “insulation is sexy stuff” (Watch it here), they recently released a must-see video illustrating the quote.