DuPont’s Packaging & Industrial Polymers operations site in Orange, Texas, has been honored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), a trade association, for energy-efficiency improvements that also resulted in green house gas (GHG) reductions. The improvements saved approximately 540,000 million Btu, enough to power 3,800 households, and reduced GHG emissions by more than 30,000 tons/year.
“As part of
DuPont’s corporate sustainability commitment, we are focused on reducing the
environmental footprint of our operations and working with customers to achieve
market-facing sustainability gains,” says Shanna Moore, global
sustainability director, Packaging & Industrial Polymers. “Achievements such as
these reductions help us support customers who are looking for reduced
environmental impact throughout their value chains.”
plant upgraded the design of its ethylene furnaces and saved more than 67
million Btu/hr fuel savings via the new system. The investment builds
upgrades made in 2008 which reduced annual CO
2emissions by 34
million pounds (17,000 tons). The plant is DuPont’s largest manufacturing
and makes high performance ethylene copolymers, such as Surlyn ionomer resin
and Vamac ethylene acrylic elastomers, which are used for packaging, automotive
components, construction materials and other everyday items.
According to the ACC, innovations such as these by winners of its Energy
Efficiency Awards in 2010 resulted in annual energy savings of 14.8 trillion Btu.
Winners were selected by the ACC’s Energy Team, comprised of member
representatives, academics and experts in the field of energy efficiency, and
were announced at the ACC Responsible Care Conference.
Packaging & Industrial Polymers manufactures an extensive mix of
adhesive, barrier, peelable lidding and sealant resins and provides a globally
networked development team to work with customers on packaging programs that
help protect the product, environment; improve shelf appeal, convenience; and
reduce cost in the food, cosmetics, medical products and other consumer goods
and industrial packaging industries.
Packaging & Industrial Polymers
DuPont Achieves Energy Efficiency and Reductions in Greenhouse Gases at Texas Plant
August 11, 2011