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Carbon footprint: the decisive criterion for coatings?

Thursday, 10 March 2011 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal

Sustainable material and product concepts are fundamental for maintaining a livable environment. Global balances serving as a basis of comparison for new materials and processes have been state of the art for many years. The carbon dioxide discussion has recently put also the so-called carbon footprint – in principle an energy equivalent – into the focus of coatings materials.

Isn’t it necessary, to take this criterion into consideration very carefully, especially in the case of organic coatings? Doesn’t only the relatively low material usage of an organic coating, in particular in the functional field, make wooden or metallic substrates resistant over a very long period of time and therefore provide a significant extra benefit in terms of sustainability?
Author:

Dr Michael Hilt, General Manager, FPL e.V. (Research Society for Pigments and Coatings) and Head of Department "Coatings and Pigments” at Fraunhofer IPA

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