Improve the circularity of our products by 25% by 2028.
For decades, we have been developing solutions and products that have environmental and sustainability benefits – lower emissions, better energy efficiency, greater durability, recyclability, societal impacts and more. Today, we take that one step further by intentionally designing our products and processes with a mindset to improve product circularity and enable responsible consumption and efficient production. It’s lifecycle thinking, and this is what we mean by Create Smarter.
Efficient HVAC and refrigeration
Now that ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (CFCs and HCFCs) have been phased out, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are the primary refrigerants used in air conditioning and refrigeration units today. However, HFC refrigerants have some of the highest global warming potential among greenhouse gases. Faced with increasing regulations, manufacturers of these systems are migrating toward low global warming potential gases. This provides a tremendous opportunity for Lubrizol to develop new formulations of high-performance fluids and lubricants that reduce the environmental impact in both production and use.
Enabling efficient consumption with TPUs
Lubrizol’s Engineered Polymers team is helping to revolutionize the footwear industry with a broad portfolio of thermoplastic urethane (TPU) solutions that can be used to form almost every part of an athletic shoe. TPUs are essentially a “super-material” – simple to produce, flexible for a wide variety of uses, durable and long-lasting, and 100% recyclable. This is a signature example of circularity – simple production means increased efficiency and reduced manufacturing waste, and longer life and recyclability mean easier to break down at the end of the shoe’s use.
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Access to clean drinking water
Lubrizol is the world leader in producing resins and compounds used in systems for plumbing, fire protection and commercial/industrial applications. Our materials for plumbing pipe and fittings are trusted the world over to deliver clean, safe drinking water to millions of single-family residences, apartments and commercial buildings in North America, the Middle East, Africa, China, India, Pakistan, Brazil and Mexico. Our easier-to-use polymers require less energy to connect pipes, eliminating the need for electricity in the installation, and they are long-lasting, which results in less waste.