DuPont’s Semiconductor Technologies Hsinchu site in Taiwan has been certified as a Green Factory by the Industrial Development Bureau, and its newest expansion received a Silver LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The facility uses JW Pavement EcoTechnology for road surfaces to collect rainwater and keep surfaces cool.
The rainwater is recycled for use in landscape irrigation, saving around 3,000 tons of water per year. By changing internal processes, the team has also been able to reduce wastewater by 10%, and changes in the packaging of incoming materials have helped to reduce other kinds of waste significantly, too. In 2019, the site received a National Enterprise Environmental Protection Award from the U.S. EPA for its green building design and energy efficient practices.
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.