DuPont’s Kevlar, Nomex and Tyvek to use renewable energy

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2022-05-04 02:10:56 – USA

DuPont announced that its renowned and trusted brands, Kevlar®, Nomex®, and Tyvek®, will be manufactured in its facilities using renewable electricity. DuPont reached this milestone earlier this month by acquiring renewable energy credits (RECs) to match the energy consumed in its 2022 operations, with plans to make additional purchases annually. As part of its 2030 Sustainability Goals, the corporation is committed to attaining its renewable energy goal and acting on climate stewardship.

Leland Weaver, president, DuPont Water & Protection, said that at DuPont, they believe that immediate action is required to address the climate crisis affecting the global communities, which is why they're so proud that the most trusted names in the world of protection are now doing even more to protect the planet. They’re committed to energy efficiency in their global operations, and procuring renewable energy credits is a crucial milestone in their sustainability path. They recognize the benefit of providing long-term innovations to other customers, value chain partners, employees, and society.

DuPont's Acting on Climate target, which is part of the company's sustainability strategy, aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% and obtain 60% of its power from renewable energy sources and credits by 2030, as well as achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2050. In early May, DuPont will release its 2022 Sustainability Report, which will detail its progress toward its objectives.

DuPont is a member of RE100, a global environmental project sponsored by the Climate Group in collaboration with CDP that brings together businesses committed to switching to renewable energy for their global operations. A virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC was also inked in 2021.

The VPPA project is projected to begin operations in 2023 and will provide approximately 528,000-megawatt-hours (MWh) of wind-generated renewable power to the local grid per year. This amounts to about a quarter of the company's total electricity use today.

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