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Dordrecht, May 17, 2008

DuPont Dordrecht reduced CO2 emissions through cooperation with HVC waste processing

HVC waste processing Dordrecht and DuPont Dordrecht have signed a declaration of intent enabling DuPont to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 25 percent. For that purpose, DuPont will purchase steam from its neighbor HVC waste processing as of 2010. The signing of the declaration of intent took place May 16 during the official opening of the ‘Dordt in Stoom’ (Dordt in Steam) event. DuPont will save at least 50 kilotons of CO2 annually, equaling the emissions of 15,000 medium-sized cars per year.


In the next few years, HVC waste processing will expand its capacity with a fifth incineration line, scheduled for completion early 2010. This will increase the waste processing plant’s capacity from 240,000 tons to a maximum of 396,000 tons per year. When the waste is burned, steam is generated. The steam is obtained without the use of fossil fuels and is therefore sustainable. After the expansion the waste processing plant will produce 140 tons of steam per hour (44 tons per hours currently). During weekends, DuPont will take in a maximum of 85 tons of steam per hour. A 770 meter long pipeline will be installed for this purpose.

DuPont uses steam to heat its processes. Currently, DuPont produces its own steam by means of gas turbines. By purchasing steam from HVC, DuPont can drastically reduce the use of fossil fuels. The cooperation is good for the environment. In doing so, also DuPont in Dordrecht contributes to the corporate sustainability goals for 2015, among other things in the field of reducing CO2 emissions.


In order to make remaining warmth beneficial, HVC is currently investigating possibilities to supply warmth in the Dordrecht area. Depending on the outcome, HVC will do the city of Dordrecht an offer for implementing a warmth network. Suitable locations are primarily the Stadwerven, Leerpark and Gezondheidspark Dordrecht-West areas. Supply of warmth will benefit the reduction of CO2 emissions in Dordrecht.