DuPont Issues 2012 Sustainability Report
Addresses Key Food, Energy and Protection Challenges; Marks 20th Year
Reporting on Sustainability Goals.
WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - DuPont today
released its 2012 Sustainability Progress Report, marking the company's 20th
year reporting on its progress against its sustainability goals.
"We remain focused on sustainable growth using a holistic approach that is
fully integrated into our business models," said Linda J. Fisher, vice
president and chief sustainability officer. "In the beginning, our focus
included human safety and environmental protection. More recently,
sustainability has become a market-driven business priority throughout our
"DuPont delivers advanced, innovative materials and processes that are
critical to an evolving global economy," Fisher said. "We are focused on
addressing the key food, energy and protection challenges of a growing global
population. We continue to look for opportunities to work with our customers
and other key stakeholders to provide more sustainable solutions."
Earlier this year DuPont committed $10 billion by 2020 to research and
development on its nutrition and agriculture pipeline and plans to launch
4,000 new products by the end of 2020 to produce more food, enhance nutrition
and improve farming sustainability worldwide. At the Rio+20 Conference, DuPont
followed up with another announcement, listing its new energy efficiency goal
as part of the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
Last year, DuPont generated revenue of $1.9 billion from products that help
our customers or the final consumer reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Much of
the revenue growth was in photovoltaics and engineering polymers used in light
weighting of vehicles. DuPont estimates that these products have reduced
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its supply chains by over 15.8 million
metric tons from 2007 to 2011, equivalent to taking 3.1 million passenger cars
off the road.
While the company's GHG emissions were up slightly in 2011, overall they are 8
percent below an updated 2004 baseline year (1). DuPont continues to focus on
identifying and implementing cost-effective greenhouse gas emission reduction
opportunities at our facilities.
DuPont is currently ahead of its commitment to hold water use flat with its
2004 levels and reduce its emissions of air carcinogens. The company continues
to report strong progress against our 2015 goal of certifying all sites under
ISO 14001. We continue to transition our sales and marketing automobile fleet
to leading technologies for energy efficiency.
Fisher added, "Setting and reporting on these goals helps us integrate
sustainability into our business strategy, improve our environmental
performance and provide positive sustainability benefits throughout our value
chains. We are excited to see that the business of sustainability at DuPont
has truly become business as usual."
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, NGOs, 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.
(1) 2004 baseline and subsequent years have been adjusted to reflect all
divestitures and acquisitions, including the acquisition of Danisco.
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