Pearl Group calls for action to reduce CO2 emissions with launch of digital progress counter

Pearl’s CO2 savings

14th June 2024: Leading polyurethane (PU) solutions provider Pearl Group has announced the installation of a cutting-edge, real-time digital counter that showcases the substantial CO2 savings achieved through its innovative PU insulation systems. This initiative is part of Pearl’s ongoing commitment to achieving global climate neutrality through promoting the widespread insulation of residential and industrial buildings.

Pearl has committed to being an agent of change in the fight against global warming and has launched several sustainability initiatives to minimise the impact of its operations and help customers achieve their green goals. By educating the market on the substantial environmental benefits of effective insulation and providing a visual counter of the emissions savings made possible via best-in-class PU insulation solutions, Pearl aims to inspire the entire industry and stakeholders to take decisive action in reducing carbon emissions globally. This effort underscores Pearl’s dedication to not only advancing its own sustainability goals but also advocating for broader industry practices that contribute to global environmental preservation and the mitigation of climate change impacts.

The new digital counter is strategically located in Dubai near the organisation’s headquarters, providing real-time data on the CO2 emissions saved by adopting Pearl’s insulation products. This installation displays the CO2 reduction achieved by using Pearl’s range of EcoPearl insulation solutions, used in insulation panels, insulation boards, spray foam, pre-insulated pipes, and other applications in the built environment. The CO2 emissions reduction has been evaluated and certified by the leading provider of independent inspection services, Germany-based TÜV Rheinland.

The evaluation and certification process conducted by TÜV involved rigorous testing and analysis of the environmental impact of Pearl’s insulation systems. The results were presented in the form of a cumulative CO2 emissions reduction counter, which quantifies the tangible benefits of incorporating polyurethane insulation in building projects, contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally responsible future.

The displayed statistics reveal that since the year 2000, insulation systems produced and sold by Pearl, have saved 54,131,725,357 KWh over their product lifespan. This translates to a reduction of 20,299,396,755 kilogrammes of CO2, which is the equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions from consuming 47,639,983 barrels of oil or running 53 wind turbines for 100 years.

The basis of these calculations included detailed life cycle assessments and considered a 15 per cent decline in property performance over time, ensuring the data reflects realistic and sustainable impacts.

Martin Kruczinna, CEO of Pearl Group, said: “This display is more than just a board; it is a reminder of the powerful solution insulation materials represent. It is also an obligation to all of us, including the entire insulation industry and decision makers, that now is the time to take action and tighten building codes to avoid thermal energy waste and unnecessary CO2 emissions. The impact of global warming is clearly visible, and there is no time to waste.”

Pearl’s initiatives, such as developing innovative PU insulation systems and installing the new display board, highlight the company’s role as a leader in sustainable practices within the industry. Pearl continues to develop innovative solutions that not only meet but exceed the sustainability expectations of the market and regulatory standards.

Kruczinna said: “Based on the Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction, buildings account for roughly thirty per cent of global CO2 emissions. Up to half of these emissions can be avoided through proper insulation. Customers can actively participate in mitigating climate change by opting for polyurethane insulation products, such as sandwich panels, spray foam, or insulation boards, that have been certified to reduce CO2 emissions. This encourages a shift towards sustainable practices in the construction industry, where each decision contributes to a collective effort to combat global warming.”

Beyond the positive environmental impact, choosing polyurethane insulation with verified CO2 emission reductions can lead to significant cost savings in the long run. The improved thermal efficiency of buildings using Pearl’s insulation solutions can reduce energy consumption, resulting in lower utility bills for both homeowners and businesses.

Pearl also offers a comprehensive range of polyurethane formulations and prepolymers for the production of high-performance polyurethane foams and elastomers. The PU leader has obtained International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) approval covering its building insulation products, enabling clients and end-users globally through ISCC auditing to demonstrate and better understand the sustainability and green credentials of specific projects in the built environment.