30 Sep How brominated flame retardants support climate neutrality
The European Commission proposed a ban on new petrol and diesel cars from 2035. As a result, estimates suggest that more than 40 million electric vehicles will be driving on European roads by 2030.
But fire safety for remains a challenge. Fortunately, modern certified safe flame retardants offer a solution. Research shows that flame retardants improve the safety of insolation, preventing ignition and therefore also fire (no ignition, no fire).
On average, new cars contain 105 kg of plastics, which is predicted to increase in the coming years. Plastic is cost efficient and lightweight, meaning it contributes to the global “green agenda” by lowering fuel and energy consumption while maintaining product performance. These are often used in out-of-sight locations and placed close to heat centres, which is only feasible due to the presence of flame retardants within these plastics. In addition, fast-charging stations and plugs, which process higher voltage rates require high-strength and fire safe materials.
Flame retardants are also crucial in other modes of transportation such as trains and aeroplanes. It continues to prevent fire even in the most demanding environments and improve the passenger’s safety throughout the journey.