Lapolla Industries Supports Amendment to Montreal Protocol
Lapolla Industries, Inc, a manufacturer and global supplier of high performance, energy efficient building products, announced the company’s support of an ambitious amendment to the 1989 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Joining forces with more than 500 national and international companies and organizations, as well as hundreds of sub-national governments, the company is calling for world leaders to pass the Montreal Protocol hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phasedown amendment, which will be voted on in October during a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda amongst signatories to the original Montreal Protocol.
“The significance of getting this amendment passed lies in its ability to help deliver on the goals set forth by the December 2015 Paris Agreement,” said Doug Kramer, president and CEO of Lapolla Industries. “In essence, the amendment will allow us to further reduce the use of HFCs and, in doing so, avoid up to 0.5 degrees C of global climate warming by the end of the century. The importance of this to the health of the global environment, economy and our nation cannot be overstated.”
If world leaders adopt the amendment, it will enact an early first reduction step in HFC use for Article 2 countries and a freeze date for Article 5 countries. The amendment represents global action toward reducing the use and emissions of high-global-warming potential HFCs as well as a transition over time to more sustainable alternatives that enhance energy efficiency.
Lapolla Industries is a Houston, Texas-based manufacturer and global supplier of building products including high performance spray polyurethane foam for insulation and roofing applications, reflective roof coatings and equipment. In 2014, Lapolla Industries became the first in the global spray polyurethane foam sector to eliminate ozone depletion potential (ODP) and reduce global warming potential (GWP) in its product line. The company accomplished these initiatives through an aggressive re-engineering of its product chemistry.
Development of Lapolla’s product line innovation commenced approximately four years ago. CEO Doug Kramer was subsequently invited to participate in the prestigious President’s Climate Action Plan roundtable at the White House alongside the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and some of the nation’s most recognized business leaders.
“Lapolla’s foremost commitment across all of its products is maximizing energy conservation in the building environment,” added Kramer. “While our products already ranked high in energy efficiency benefits, we pushed to deliver a next generation spray foam line that protected the ozone and the climate as well. This effort has fared well for both the environment as well as for our business.”
In addition to the proven environmental benefits, the innovation in Lapolla Industries’ fourth generation spray polyurethane foam product line produces additional product yield, resulting in lower installation cost and greater ROI and savings to the consumer.
Lapolla’s fourth generation spray polyurethane foam products include: FOAM-LOK 2000-4G Spray Foam Insulation, FOAM-LOK, and FOAM-LOK 2800-4G Spray Foam for Roofing and all other closed cell spray foam systems. While applications for each vary, all provide standout performance in energy efficiency by reducing the energy consumption of a home or commercial building up to 45 percent.
“Not only are we protecting the ozone and climate, but our next generation spray foam line also reduces fossil fuel use for heating and cooling,” said Kramer. “This is a major win-win all around."