Polyurethanes and energy efficiency

Probably the greatest environmental challenge we face today is climate change. As a result of our thirst for fossil fuels for transportation and heating and cooling of buildings, increased carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are causing climate change, with a knock-on effect of disasters affecting the environment, economy and human well-being.

 

Polyurethanes can contribute to greater energy efficiency by reducing the demand for fossil fuels in buildings, transportation and appliances.

Increased energy savings and enhanced energy efficiency in buildings can be achieved in a number of ways; polyurethane roof and wall insulation, wall and window insulation and pipe insulation all ensure that temperatures are maintained.

In transportation, the lightweight nature of polyurethanes, combined with their versatility, strength and durability, makes them ideal for use in car seating, as coatings for car frames, in the bodies of vehicles to regulate noise and heat, and even in airbags. Their greatest benefit in terms of energy efficiency is that their use in cars and trucks leads to a reduction in vehicle weight, and therefore greater fuel economy.

In appliances, polyurethane use means that less energy is needed to power refrigerators, freezers, water heaters and other such units, which again results in considerable energy savings.