Moscow, Russia - Dow Chemical Co. has launched a programme that it says will enable substantial reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the next decade, targeting buildings and households within Russia.
The chemical company will carry out the initiative in partnership with its customer Profflex. Dow said its approach to the programme is two-fold.
First, Voratherm polyurethane systems produced by Dow Izolan in Vladimir, Russia have enabled the incorporation of a less GHG-intensive blowing agent into the formulation of its customer's PU straw foam and gun foam insulation products. This replacement will result in a reduction of the product's carbon footprint by over 500 kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions over the next two years, Dow said in a 27 June news release.
Secondly, Dow noted that a consumer campaign, launched in June, to promote the domestic usage of PU-based insulating sealant in window installations to reduce sources of cold air infiltration, will ensure lower energy consumption by making residences more energy efficient throughout Russia.
The company added that it is leading an initiative to provide 100 000 cans of insulating foam sealant free of charge to homeowners who decide to replace obsolete windows with new ones that utilise proper insulation technology. Dow said each can of insulating foam helps reduce GHG emissions by at least 3 tonnes over 10 years.
"Buildings contribute nearly 40% of manmade GHG emissions. Improvements that minimize air infiltration have a large impact on building and home energy consumption," commented Mikhail Tsarfin, general manager of Dow Izolan.
He added, "Adopting the right insulation measures and using high-performance polyurethane foam during the installation of windows are major steps one can take to increase the energy efficiency of any building."