The EuroPUR AGM in Vienna this summer featured a sustainability panel made up of Frank Grunert from Bayer MaterialScience, Bart Ten Brink of FoamPartner, Ferdinand Kleppmann from the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants of (CEWEP), IKEA’s Peter Moller and Jean-Pierre De Kesel of Recticel.
By Simon Robinson
What are we going to do with waste flexible polyurethane foam? This question is becoming increasingly important within the EU as legislation will remove high calorific value items such as mattresses from the landfill waste stream in the coming years.
The EuroPUR summer meeting in Vienna in June, 2014 saw a round table of industry representatives from raw material producers though to foamers, furniture makers and waste management companies discuss some of the options,as well as the industry and environmental concerns around this area.
This is a summary of that discussion:
Frank Grunert, regional head polyurethanes Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America at Bayer MaterialScience, said: “It is important for the industry and regulators to take a holistic approach to sustainability.
“This is because, in practice, companies and institutions only have expertise in specific areas. This makes it “necessary to build coalitions of partners to develop robust solutions.”
Grunert’s point was amplified by…