Delivering end-to-end, world-class performance in safety, resource efficiency and environmental protection
Operating our labs, offices and manufacturing sites sustainably is mandatory for doing business in our resource constrained world. We uphold the long-standing core values on which DuPont was founded by living our commitment to safeguard our workforce and the environment, especially in our local communities.
Moving Toward Carbon Neutral Facilities
As of 2017, DuPont’s site in Grindsted, Denmark, is 100 percent carbon neutral. After replacing all former coal-fired fuel sources with wood chips, the site has reduced its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 45,000 tons. The facility produces surplus heat that is delivered back into the local community, avoiding additional CO2 emissions in that system as well. As a result of this work, the site expects to reduce emissions by 64,000 tons of CO2 equivalent per year.
Sourcing Sustainable Ingredients
DuPont is one of the world’s largest buyers of seaweed for hydrocolloids. We work with seaweed farmers and harvesters in Southeast Asia, the Western Indian Ocean, and along the coast of Norway to adopt sustainable practices in planting, growing, and harvesting seaweed. Our team of experts partners with organizations like the New England Aquarium to responsibly source carrageenan and alginate, used as thickeners and active ingredients in many foods and pharmaceuticals.
Contributing to a Circular Economy
DuPont’s production process for DuPont™ Nomex® fibers yields a secondary product, hydrochloric acid, that is traditionally not considered to be marketable. DuPont partnered with Gonvarri Steel Services to create a beneficial use of this byproduct, eliminating both the byproduct waste and the required neutralization process. This initiative also significantly reduces annual water use, electricity consumption, and ground transport.