Here are some examples of actions we took to reduce our climate impacts:
The DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences (N&B) site in Grindsted, Denmark, has recently replaced all former coal-fired fuel sources with sustainably sourced wood chips1 and thereby reduced its CO2 emissions by more than 40,000 tons CO2e per year. As a result of the conversion, the site has also significantly increased its production of surplus heat that is delivered back into the local district heat network. This allows the site to aid in supplying local households with sustainably sourced heat, thereby helping to avoid additional CO2 emissions in that system as well.
At our Safety & Construction manufacturing plant in Spruance, Virginia, we worked with our customer, Veolia, to overhaul utility production equipment to be more energy efficient, including converting coal-driven boilers to natural gas so that coal is no longer used at the plant. Improvements at this one site are estimated to reduce DuPont’s overall GHG emissions by 2–3%.
In late 2015, our specialty products businesses began a multiphase project to reduce anhydrous ammonia in our N&B New Century, Kansas, manufacturing site. Although anhydrous ammonia is a highly efficient refrigerant with less global warming potential than synthetic refrigerant alternatives, in October 2019, New Century succeeded in reducing the handling of anhydrous ammonia by 90 percent, which will make a significant, positive impact on the environment as well as employee and community health and safety.
DuPont’s Asturias and Valencia sites in Spain purchase renewable energy that covers 100% of the electricity needs of those buildings. The electricity contract for these two sites includes Green Origin certificates for all on-site annual energy consumption.
The American Chemistry Council awarded three DuPont sites with Responsible Care® Energy Efficiency Awards for our 2019 projects:
The 50 top leaders at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences have identified seven central goals and two focus areas within the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In autumn, the company will host a workshop presenting tools for others with the same ambitions.
Expectant mothers can wake up to a wellness report of their unborn child and be notified if fetal heartbeat and movement are within acceptable ranges with the new Owlet Band, winner of two CES awards in the categories of Wearable Technology and Tech to Change the World. Specialized sensors housed in a fabric band that sits around the mother's abdomen track fetal heart rate and kick count, sending real-time data to a smartphone.
The agreement, supported by an initial investment of more than one million euros mainly made by DuPont, exemplifies the concept of circular economy and will lead to significant reductions in energy, water and transport consumption for both companies.