Nov 15, 2019 - 2:30pm

Dow Launched a Renewable Energy-Made Polyethylene

Ambitions

  • Through Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goal on World-Leading Operations Performance, it is committed to driving environmental benefits for its communities and the world. The company continues to actively:
    • Maintain absolute GHG emissions at or below the 2006 baseline, though it will grow globally by 2025.
    • Obtain 750 megawatts (MW) of energy from renewable resources by 2025 (Dow leads the petrochemical industry with 700 MW today).
    • Offset emissions of priority volatile organic compounds.
    • Lead in energy and GHG life cycle management by ensuring that the ratio of benefits of its product portfolio to burdens is at 3:1. At the end of 2018, the aggregate result was near 5:1, exceeding the target.
  • Through its 2025 Sustainability Goal on Leading the Blueprint, Dow did the following:
    • Launched the Unlocking Carbon Reductions blueprint in July 2018 at the UN Global Compact Cities Programme’s Local 2030 Day. It is centered on Dow’s learnings and experiences in successfully developing carbon-saving projects for the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and encompasses the Dow Climate Solutions Framework. This carbon reduction framework is being deployed in the Dow’s International Olympic Committee Official Carbon Partnership program.
  • Dow is an original member of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD). The company began implementing the TCFD’s recommendations with its 2016 Sustainability Report and is working to implement additional recommendations in other disclosures.

Investments

  • Dow is pursuing innovative chemical processes to deliver significant changes in emissions intensity for its operations and for others once fully commercialized, likely around 2030. 
    • Dow’s proprietary fluidized catalytic dehydrogenation technology (FCDh) is one example of innovation.
    • Pilot scale results have shown that FCDh can lower energy use and GHG emissions by up to 20% compared with conventional propane dehydrogenation technologies.
    • Dow announced an investment to retrofit a mixed feed cracker in Louisiana with its proprietary FCDh technology to produce on-purpose propylene, and PetroLogistics announced it had licensed the FCDh technology to apply it at a new planned facility on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Innovation

  • Dow Packaging and Performance Plastics launched in 2018 a renewable energy-made polyethylene in the U.S. that has 13.8% fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per pound of product than the industry average polyethylene. This approach helps reduce Scope 3 emissions for customers.
  • Dow received two Environmental Leadership Program Awards from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Projects receiving honors were Plaquemine Operations Off-gas Regeneration of Purification Beds and St. Charles Site Hydrogen (H2) Optimization. The latter was named an Exceptional Merit winner as part of the American Chemistry Council's (ACC’s) Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards. Collectively, the projects reduced Dow’s carbon footprint by 145,000 tons of CO2, the equivalent of approximately 28,000 passenger vehicles driven for a year. Dow has won an ACC Energy Efficiency award each of the last seven years.
    • In 2014, Dow and Reynolds Consumer Products initiated the Hefty® EnergyBag® program to divert otherwise hard-to-recycle plastic from landfills to be converted into energy, fuels, or other feedstocks. The program is successfully operating in three U.S. regions (Omaha, Nebraska, Boise, Idaho, and Cobb County, Georgia) and has reached 125,000 households, collected more than 536,000 bags, and diverted 357 metric tons of waste from reaching landfills.
  • As the Official Carbon Partner of the International Olympic Committee, Dow is delivering a carbon mitigation program to reduce emissions from the IOC’s daily operations, as well as infrastructure enhancements in host cities to deliver climate benefits well beyond the Olympic Games.

For more information, please visit https://corporate.dow.com/en-us/science-and-sustainability/reporting.

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