Aug 07, 2020 - 5:15pm

DuPont Went 100% Carbon Neutral at a Plant in Denmark


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Dupont replaced all former coal-fired fuel sources with wood chips at their Grindsted, Denmark site and has reduced its CO2 emissions by 45,000 tons, and as of 2017, is 100% carbon neutral.

DuPont is committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions by 30% by 2030 including sourcing 60% of electricity from renewable energy, and delivering carbon neutral operations by 2050. DuPont is making contributions to a low carbon economy by driving sustainable innovation to reduce GHG emissions across the value chain.


Moving Toward Carbon Neutral Facilities and Value Chains: The company’s work to combat climate change begins with its own energy usage.

  • One success story is DuPont’s site in Grindsted, Denmark. As of 2017, the site is 100% carbon neutral. After replacing all former coal-fired fuel sources with wood chips, the site has reduced its own carbon dioxide emissions by 45,000 tons. The new energy generation facility produces surplus heat that is delivered back into the local community, heating about 3,600 households and displacing additional CO2 emissions. In total, the site expects to reduce emissions by 64,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year from both systems. DuPont continues to evaluate its global footprint to reduce energy use worldwide.
  • The company also partnered with a customer in Spain to create a beneficial use of a manufacturing byproduct, eliminating both the byproduct waste and the required neutralization process. This initiative reduces monthly DuPont electricity consumption at a manufacturing site in Spain by an amount equal to the energy consumed by 1,500 homes per year, ground transportation by 500,000 km annually, and annual water consumption equal to the annual water consumption of a town with 350 inhabitants.


  • Investing in Renewable Energy: The DuPont site in Asturias and Valencia, Spain, purchase renewable energy that covers 100% of electricity needs. These locations has the advantage of purchasing renewable electricity for the same price as nonrenewable electricity.


The company partners with customers and suppliers to drive sustainable innovation to reduce GHG emissions in its value chains across the businesses. Examples of DuPont’s contributions to a low carbon economy follow:


  • Reducing energy intensity in the transportation sector by providing materials that enable automotive light weighting and electrification.
  • Enabling more energy efficient buildings through sustainable insulation, thermal, steam, and other building systems.
  • Introducing renewably sourced ingredients, using plant protein, and providing solutions to reduce food waste.
  • Facilitating the recovery, recycling, and reuse of its products in diverse industries to lower GHG impacts.

An example of an innovative approach includes DuPont’s specialty products businesses, which began a multiphase project to reduce anhydrous ammonia in its N&B New Century, Kansas, manufacturing site. Although anhydrous ammonia is a highly efficient refrigerant with less global warming potential than synthetic refrigerant alternatives, in October 2019, New Century succeeded in reducing the handling of anhydrous ammonia by 90%, which will have a significant, positive impact on reducing emissions as well as enhancing employee and community health and safety.

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