Challenge: In a resource-constrained world that is only 9% circular, we need to move away from linear “take-make-dispose” models. That requires better understanding of the barriers to adopting low carbon and circular techniques across value chains for every product and industry. It also requires that we come together to overcome and solve for those barriers.
Goal: Integrate circular economy principles into our business models considering lifecycle impacts in the markets we serve
Establish a Circularity Community of Practice with internal and external stakeholders to help us create profitable circular business models that minimize use of natural resources, waste and emissions
Participate in forums promoting the advancement of a circular economy in our value chains
Deliver business-led projects that enable circularity
Implement 4R (Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle) waste reduction programs at 100% of our sites
DuPont is acting now to enable a low carbon and circular economy. For example, we’re taking action to discover and commercialize new ways to turn unused materials into useful products or recycling them back into production for a truly circular process. Our portfolio already includes many technologies and processes developed specifically in order to reuse waste—one of the fundamentals of a circular economy. And we’re continuing to pursue new “beneficial waste” solutions in food, apparel, manufacturing, and many other areas.
For example, the 2LM team worked with a tire cord manufacturer to procure their Kevlar®-containing manufacturing waste, which DuPont was able to transform into an aramid pulp product for friction applications in the automotive sector. We worked with our customer to contribute to a circular economy—the customer turned a disposal cost into a revenue stream and DuPont further expanded our product portfolio in the automotive market.
We plan to roll out the Operation Clean Sweep® program to all DuPont T&I sites globally and all participating sites will be expected to have an improvement plan in place by the end of 2020.
DuPont is also working with many other organizations to develop and adopt methods and frameworks that will be needed for a truly circular economy. For example, as a member of the PlasticsEurope Mass Balance Taskforce, we’re part of the effort to accelerate the use of renewable feedstocks in chemical processes, which could significantly increase the use of renewable and circular feedback.
DuPont’s Nutrition and Biosciences business have been working on new techniques to increase the shelf life of food staples like bread and cheese.
Sugar beets are a natural source of betaine—a useful moisture retention and protection ingredient in skin, hair, and color cosmetics products.
DuPont™ Zytel® RS helps reduce dependence on fossil fuels without sacrificing performance.
Preventing bacteria from adhering to the fabric also helps protect against color loss and fiber degradation, so that clothing and textiles look and feel newer for longer—and are more likely to be worn instead of thrown out.
A coal-to-chemical plant in China is using DuPont’s FILMTEC™ FORTILIFE™ XC-N elements to reduce and recycle costly waste.
Through innovative product recycling partnerships, DuPont’s Safety & Construction (S&C) business is helping its customers meet their sustainability goals and join the circular economy movement.
DuPont scientists and engineers work tirelessly to improve semiconductor technology and find new and more effective ways to help businesses maintain those semiconductors.
The production process of ICL, a raw material used in DuPont’s heat and flame resistant technology, Nomex®, yields a low concentration hydrochloric acid, a marketable byproduct.
Across our Styrofoam® manufacturing facilities, trim and transition scrap waste generated from creating insulation boards is 100% recycled.
Many DuPont products can be optimized to reduce waste in our operations or for our customers, but our Corian® Design Solid Surface product line now actually consumes waste.
IIC upcycles excess raw and processed food ingredients that are not suitable for human consumption, and safely puts them back into the food chain safely by creating nutritious ingredients for animal feed.
Align 100% of our innovation portfolio to meaningfully advance the UN SDGs and create value for our customers
Design 100% of our products and processes using sustainability criteria including the principles of green chemistry.
Reduce greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions 30%, including sourcing 60% of electricity from renewable energy by 2030, and deliver carbon neutral operations by 2050.
Implement holistic water strategies across all facilities, prioritizing manufacturing plants and communities in high-risk watersheds; and enable millions of people access to clean water through leadership in advancing water technology and enacting strategic partnerships.
Become one of the world’s most inclusive companies, with diversity well ahead of industry benchmarks.
Create a workplace where employees report high levels of well-being and fulfillment.
Improve over 100 million lives through targeted social impact programs.