More polyurethanes in autos could lead to 5% less fuel use - Bayer

10 June 2010 20:07  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--The increased use of polyurethane in automobiles could reduce weight by 10%, leading to 5% less fuel consumed, an executive with Bayer MaterialScience said on Thursday.

“Sustainability is a strategy to success and polyurethanes are at the heart of this,” said Frank Grunert, head of Bayer’s polyurethane business unit within its marketing and innovation division. Grunert spoke on the sidelines of the Europur conference on Thursday.

An added auto benefit would also be the use of polyurethane noise absorbers to help reduce noise pollution.

Polyurethanes could be used in numerous other sectors as well, he noted.

In the refrigeration industry, 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could be cut if refrigerators were optimally insulated, Grunert said.

In addition, efficient refrigeration would also mean less wastage and help to safeguard global food supply, he said.

In the construction industry, insulation would help to reduce energy consumption, and therefore limit greenhouse gases, he noted.

New buildings using new technology such as air-tight cladding would also be better for the environment, using as much as 10% less energy than older buildings, Grunert added.

“Some insulation is better than nothing, but polyurethane is the better performing material, Grunert said.

In terms of improving quality of life, specific polyurethane mattresses and cushions were also reported to have orthopaedic and medical benefits, he said.

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By: Heidi Finch
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