Polyurethane has an important and growing role in the cold food chain. Its main application is of rigid insulating foam in the energy­efficient transportation and preservation of food.

Polyurethane is used throughout the world in this application and plays an important part in the European Union’s food chain. In fact, cooling requires energy in the form of electricity which is mostly generated by the use of fossil fuels, therefore the installation and use of energy efficient systems is critically important and this is where high performance insulation materials, such as polyurethane rigid foam, play a key role.


ISOPA is a member of the Eco-Design Consultation Forum set up by the Directorate General for Energy and it has been following the implementation of this Directive very closely. ISOPA is in favour of promoting energy-efficiency appliances as polyurethane rigid foams are excellent insulators, inhibiting the unwanted movement of heat or cold while being light and needing little space. They save far more energy than is required for its production and installation. Almost all refrigerators and freezers produced in the world are insulated with these foams and this enables the amount of food stored to be maximized.

These appliances are now designed to use less energy, thus benefiting the environment and costing less to operate. The contribution of the insulating foam means that ever more stringent energy standards can be met and the benefits passed onto the consumer.