DuPont Chief Sustainability Officer to Address “Saving Energy” at Clinton Global Initiative
Energy Efficiencies Result in DuPont Savings of More Than $3 Billion
WILMINGTON, Del., September 19, 2006 - For the second straight year, DuPont has been invited to participate at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City. Linda J. Fisher , DuPont chief sustainability officer, will speak as part of the “Saving Energy” panel during the Energy and Climate Change working session, scheduled for tomorrow.
Fisher will discuss the need to engage third parties, develop comprehensive policies and lead innovation and change to drive energy savings.
“Over a decade ago, we set a goal to hold our energy use flat at 1990 levels. We have exceeded that goal; our current energy use is 6 percent below our target. Along the way we have saved more than $3 billion and grown our businesses by 30 percent,” said Fisher. “The focus on energy has contributed to our greenhouse gas reductions, which are 72 percent below 1990 levels. Today we are looking beyond our own energy profile to develop new products and offerings to help our customers address energy efficiency. We believe this will provide growth opportunities for a number of our businesses.”
DuPont’s energy savings are based on the use of improved process controls; optimization of energy generation and distribution at its facilities; new technologies with lower energy consumption, and; one of the biggest factors – improved yields from DuPont’s manufacturing processes. DuPont also is reducing the use of fossil fuels by employing alternative energy sources such as landfill gas.
As an example, DuPont is capturing methane landfill gas previously burned for waste and is piping it into facilities at sites in Memphis, Tenn., and Mobile, Ala., for use as fuel in industrial boilers which provide heat and steam energy to run the plants. DuPont’s total savings from the landfill gas projects exceed $8 million per year. The projects remove CO2 emissions equivalent to almost 78,000 vehicles or more than 900,000 barrels of oil. The company began utilizing landfill gas in 2004.
DuPont Energy Products:
* DuPont and BP announced in June that they will bring the next generation of biofuels to market. The first product will be biobutanol. The strategy is to deliver advanced biofuels that will provide improved options for expanding energy supplies and accelerate the move to renewable transportation fuels, which lower overall greenhouse gas emissions and improve automobile efficiency.
* DuPont has developed a patented process to create 1,3 propanediol (PDO) using corn as the raw material in place of petroleum. Bio-PDO™ is the key ingredient for DuPont™ Sorona®, the latest polymer invovation from DuPont. Fibers that contain these polymers have unique properties that include a very soft hand-feel, comfort stretch and recovery, easy dyeability, natural stain resistance and easy-care characteristics.
* DuPont offers the broadest portfolio in the photovoltaic solar panel market, with eight key materials used to make solar cells.
* DuPont is driving science and technology to make fuel cell membranes and components a commercial reality to power automobiles, electronics, and residences.
* DuPont was the first to identify and announce new proprietary refrigerants to reduce global warming potential (GWP) in future automotive air conditioning systems. This is part of an ongoing program to seek longer term solutions that also provide more environmentally smart and energy efficient home refrigerators, supermarkets and store display cases, and building and home air conditioning systems.
* Part of DuPont™ Tyvek® Weatherization Systems, Tyvek® AtticWrap® is a revolutionary, breathable membrane that helps create an airtight seal – reducing air leakage and energy loss through the roof.
DuPont was among several companies honored as “Best in Class” for its approach to climate change in a report released yesterday by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a coalition of global investors with more than $31.5 trillion in assets. The CDP report is written by the consultancy Innovest. In the report, DuPont was included in the “Climate Leadership Index,” a prestigious honor roll for global corporations addressing the challenges of climate change.
DuPont is a science company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.
The DuPont Oval Logo, DuPont™, The miracles of science™, and Bio-PDO™, Sorona®, Tyvek® Weatherization System and Tyvek® AtticWrap® are registered trademarks or trademarks of DuPont or its affiliates.
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