02/11/2015

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Bayer MaterialScience at Utech 2015: Thinking in Life Cycles

Bayer MaterialScience will be presenting a range of innovative and sustainable solutions where polyurethanes are key to reaching these objectives. The company says polyurethanes deliver top-quality thermal insulation for buildings, reducing heat loss by up to 70 %, and have exceptional eco-credentials. They also contribute to safeguarding basic food supplies, as they are used to protect foodstuffs in the journey from the field to the consumer's table. Completing the carbon cycle Bayer is using CO2 in some foam precursors as a building block for synthesis, partially alleviating dependence on crude oil. "With this important development, Bayer MaterialScience has clearly shown how this greenhouse gas can be fed back into the material cycle,” said Hermann-Josef Doerholt, head of commercial operations for polyurethanes in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America at Bayer MaterialScience, and stand manager for the company at Utech 2015. "This can also lead to a gradual reduction of dependence on fossil-based fuels.” These developments serve as examples of the holistic approach to sustainability that Bayer MaterialScience is actively implementing, says the company. It is with this concept in mind that it is developing products and processes that improve human life, protect the environment and provide society with added value. At the Utech 2015 conference, experts from Bayer MaterialScience will give presentations providing further details of the developments described above. The company says completing material cycles in a way that delivers both economic and environmental benefits requires comprehensive analysis of each relevant life cycle. At the end of the life cycle it is important to ensure efficient waste management - this is also key to meeting the ambitious target of eliminating landfill waste altogether by 2020. Bayer MaterialScience says it is working with other raw materials companies to analyse all the possible options for reusing and recycling polyurethanes, including thermal recycling. Particularly for products with a high calorific value, thermal recycling is often the most ecologically sound way to recover energy. Bayer MaterialScience at Utech 2015, stand 1450

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