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. DuPont is headquartered in Wilmington, DE. In 2004, it had revenues of $27.3 billion and employed 60,000 people.
“As a science company, DuPont has the experience and expertise to put our science to work in ways that can design in – at the early stages of product development – attributes that can deliver solutions that help protect or enhance human health, safety and the environment.” http://www2.dupont.com/Social_Commitment/en_CA/SHE/index.html
- Reduced GHG emissions by 72 % from 1990 levels. Goal was 65% by 2010.
- Reduced global energy use 7 % below 1990 levels. Goal was to hold total energy use flat through 2010.
- Currently source five percent of total energy consumption from renewable energy sources. Corporate goal is to source 10 % of global energy use from renewable resources by 2010.
- Derive 25% of business revenue from non-depletable raw materials (e.g. services, agriculture and nutrition products, renewable feed stocks) by 2010. Currently 2/3 of the way to goal.
Bio-based materials and products
In partnership with Tate & Lyle, Dupont has begun producing bio-PDOTM, one of the raw materials of its Sorona® polymer at a facility in Loudon, TN. Bio-PDOTM (1,3 propanediol) is produced from corn in a process that consumes 40 percent less energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent versus petroleum based propanediol. Sorona® fibers are used in the manufacture of automotive and home furnishings, and packaging materials.