DuPont Awarded for Energy Conservation
Posted on May 07, 2012 at 01:01 AM EDT
DuPont was recently honored by the American Chemistry Council for its work to reduce plant energy consumption and minimize energy-related environmental impacts. With over 100 manufacturing sites with annual energy targets, DuPont employees are committed to seek energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that deliver business and environmental benefits.
The American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care(R) Energy Efficiency Awards are given annually to recognize chemical manufacturing facilities across the country that demonstrate outstanding results in saving energy and reducing related greenhouse gas emissions.
DuPont was recognized in three award categories for specific projects that reduce energy demand, improve operating efficiency and improve the environmental impact of U.S. manufacturing facilities.
The DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts Business earned the Energy Efficiency - Corporate Business Unit honor for reducing energy consumption by 15 percent through a three-year effort that involved the implementation of more than 190 energy reduction projects at 21 U.S. plant sites.
The Memphis, Tenn. Site earned the Significant Improvement in Manufacturing - Plant Site honor for implementing a project that allows the use of a manufacturing byproduct gas stream for an alternative fuel in place of natural gas by a neighboring manufacturing site. The project complies with all applicable environmental regulations and site permits. Previously, the byproduct gas stream had been burned in a flare, so the project not only improves energy efficiency, but also reduces the environmental impact of the industrial park.
The Fayetteville, N.C. Site earned the Public Outreach - Plant Site honor for a project to convert the site's boiler from fuel oil to natural gas. This project resulted in net reduction of 25.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and 811 pounds of sulfur dioxide emissions each year. The project was the result of a collaboration between the Fayetteville site and North Carolina state and local officials to install a 10-mile natural gas pipeline to supply manufacturing operations in the area.
"As part of our sustainability goals, DuPont is committed to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent from the base year 2004, and reduce our use of non-renewable fuels by 10 percent per dollar of price-adjusted revenue from the base year 2010," said Dawn Rittenhouse, director of sustainable development for DuPont. "The projects awarded by the American Chemistry Council, and many others underway in our company, are helping us meet our commitments. We are proud to be honored by the American Chemistry Council."
DuPont - one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals more than 20 years ago - has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, non-governmental organizations, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.
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