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green@work : Magazine : Back Issues : Jul/Aug 2002 : Cover Story

Cover Story

Four Goals


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- The Challenge of Sustainable Growth
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- Four Goals

 

DuPont has set four specific goals for
sustainability, each with a target date of 2010:


- Derive 25 percent of its revenues from non-depletable resources such as agricultural feed stocks, up from about 10 percent today and from five percent in its base year 1998.

- Reduce its global carbon-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions by 65 percent using 1990 as a base year. Based on projects it has completed, DuPont expects to be at a 60 percent reduction globally when final numbers from the year 2000 are in.

- Hold total energy use flat using 1990 as a base year, thereby offsetting all production increases with corresponding improvements in energy efficiency. Holliday acknowledges that this is “clearly a stretch goal, but is based on the fact we were able to achieve similar results over the decade of the ’90s.”

- Source 10 percent of its global energy use in the year 2010 from renewable resources. “This appears to be a modest step,” Holliday says, “but actually represents a huge one for a company that has depended almost exclusively on oil, natural gas and coal as the primary sources for energy.”


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