Ensuring greater efficiency of the use of materials and energy resources and reducing emissions pollutants are important factors to consider when caring for the environment. While polyurethanes are mainly based on finite fossil raw material resources, their specific properties help to conserve material and energy resources, to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and to protect high and growing standards of living, making them a key contributor to environmental sustainability.

Since 1995, ISOPA makes use of Life Cycle Thinking to better understand the environmental impact and the benefits of products and to take more informed decisions when environmental protection is concerned. Life cycle assessment (LCA) and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) are objective and scientific tools that support the quantification, assessment and communication of the potential environmental impacts associated with a product, process or service. ISOPA and the polyurethane industry at large, promotes and commissions LCA studies and produces EPD sheets relating to polyurethane products and applications, in order to provide perspective and relevant data to regulators and enquirers.

The key features of polyurethane-based solutions lie in their ability to significantly improve energy efficiency of buildings, transportation and refrigeration. They also contribute to saving our planet’s natural resources through enhancing the durability and reducing the material intensity of many goods and infrastructures and by providing new useful life to discarded materials such as rubber of low quality wood. Polyurethanes also play a key role in preventing food waste through their key role in the cold chain.