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The built environment plays a critical role in addressing some of society’s biggest sustainability challenges. Buildings are responsible for nearly 40% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the manufacturing of building materials accounts for 11% of global carbon emissions.
At DuPont, we are evaluating the sustainability profiles of our innovation projects throughout the innovation process and are applying life cycle analyses to help guide project decisions to increase sustainability outcomes.
In line with our sustainability goals and commitment to climate action, DuPont innovation has enabled a viable low GWP solution to reduce the embodied carbon of our Styrofoam™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Foam Insulation products. These product still deliver the same thermal performance, moisture resistance, durability, and ease of use expected by our customers.
Additionally, the newly enhanced, innovative Low GWP Froth-Pak™ Spray Foam reformulation utilizes carbon dioxide (CO2) in its spray foam blowing agent package that helps achieve a reduction in blowing agent GWP of more than 99 percent as compared to blowing agents used in past formulations.
Converting production to the Low GWP Styrofoam™ XPS product results in a substantial 94% reduction in carbon footprint for this product line.
DuPont innovation efforts in the reformulation of Low GWP Froth-Pak™ Spray Foam have been recognized with a 2021 American Chemistry Council (ACC) Sustainability Leadership Award for Environmental Protection and a 2021 Adhesive and Sealant Council Innovation Award.
The DuPont team is extremely proud of this innovation and released a short video in which they share the story of how Low GWP Froth-Pak™ was developed intentionally and purposefully as a lower-embodied carbon product innovation.
To learn more about these products are our business specific sustainability goals: https://www.dupont.com/building/sustainability.html
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