Closing the materials cycle for rigid polyurethane foams: This is the ambitious goal of the new pan-European “CIRCULAR FOAM” initiative. The EU-funded lighthouse project brings together 22 partners from 9 countries from industry, academia and society. Within four years, they want to jointly establish a complete material cycle for rigid polyurethane foams used as insulation material in refrigerators and the construction industry. Once implemented across Europe, the system could save 1 million tons of waste, 2.9 million tons of CO2 emissions, and 150 million euros in incineration costs annually, starting in 2040.
The project concentrates on the recycling of post-consumer refrigerators and construction waste in several selected model regions. This includes the industrial and coal-mining regions “Rheinisches Revier” in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, Silesia in Poland, and Greater Amsterdam area in the Netherlands. The case studies will elaborate the potential of a blueprint systemic solution with potential of replication in other regions.
The CIRCULAR FOAM project is funded under the Green Deal Programme of the EC for building systemic solutions for a low-carbon climate-resilient future. Grant Agreement No. 101036854