Dubai – Systems house Pearl Polyurethane Systems has committed to using ‘climate-neutral’ MDI from Covestro for its newly rebranded EcoPearl range of commercial building insulation products. The claimed climate-neutrality of the products is based on an internal assessment of partial product life cycle from raw material extraction to Covestro’s factory gate, with methodology based on ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 standards, and critically reviewed by TUV Rheinland.
The MDI uses alternative raw materials based on plant waste that are allocated to the products using certified mass balancing according to ISCC PLUS. As a result, Pearl hopes to help its downstream customers reduce their carbon footprint by offering a broader portfolio of more sustainable raw materials. The new MDI grades from Covestro can be used in several construction, cold chain and automotive applications.
Pearl is the first system house in the EMEA region to receive this MDI from Covestro, a former joint venture partner of the Dubai-based business. Covestro has already received ISCC-PLUS certification for five of its 16 main sites, and can supply carbon-neutral MDI from its sites in Uerdingen, Germany and Caojing, China.
In March 2022, Pearl became the first polyurethane systems house in EMEA to be ISCC-certified, following an ISCC audit that traced the supply chain and assessed the sustainability of raw materials. The certification followed a five-step process that allows end users to measure the sustainability performance of the ISCC-certified products they use. ISCC PLUS certification allows end users and tenants of buildings constructed with Pearl-supplied insulation products to easily measure and verify the sustainability performance of the buildings they occupy.
‘This mass-balanced carbon neutral MDI further enriches our broad portfolio focused on the circular economy and responds to the growing demand for more sustainable products,’ said Sucheta Govil, chief commercial officer at Covestro. ‘By working with multipliers such as Pearl Polyurethane and helping a growing number of downstream users in various industries achieve their sustainability goals, together we are accelerating the transition to the circular economy.’
Martin Kruczinna, CEO of Pearl Polyurethane Systems, said: ‘Rigid polyurethane foam, as a superior insulating material, plays an important role in meeting the Paris Agreement to limit the rise in global temperature to 1.5°C at best. Just as Covestro is leading the way among PU raw material producers to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035, Pearl is acting as an agent of change in the PU systems industry, giving its customers a competitive advantage by helping them adapt to greener technologies and improve the thermal insulation performance of their products. The addition of carbon neutral MDI-based solutions to our newly named EcoPearl product range helps our customers achieve their emission reduction and circular economy goals.‘
The ‘cradle-to-gate’ calculation takes into account biogenic carbon sequestration based on preliminary data from the supply chain. No compensation measures were applied.