Life-cycle Assessment by Intertek: The cold-curing technology used in making shoe part with Elastopan PU is 89% more energy efficient
Shoe part made with BASF’s Elastopan® polyurethane (PU) using cold-curing technology significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and energy consumption during production as per Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) study by Intertek
“As compared to thermal-curing, the cold-curing technology was 89% more energy efficient as it does not require heat for the foaming process. Water consumption during the production process was 81% less than thermal curing. Greenhouse gas emissions were also down by 76%,” said Yunlong Ma, General Manager, Green Initiatives Department, Intertek.
The cold-curing technology does not require the use of release agents. It also enables production at room temperature. As the heating process is eliminated, the production process is also simplified.
“With the LCA study, BASF is demonstrating that applications made with its Elastopan cold-curing solution is making a difference in contributing to a more sustainable future,” said Andy Postlethwaite, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF.
BASF’s PU solution based on cold-curing technology has already been used in shoe parts by leading footwear manufacturers.