The DuPont site at Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, recently was named one of South China's “Benchmark Enterprises in Low-carbon Production” for its outstanding efforts in reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, outshining 200 nominees.
The award was co-organized by Nanfang Daily, a leading South China newspaper, the Guangdong Low-Carbon Development Association and the Guangdong Provincial Academy of Building Research. With support from the National Development and Reform Commission, the award recognizes companies in the province that employ best practices in low-carbon operations.
One of the Shenzhen site’s operating principles is to reduce the site’s environmental footprint. Projects in power conservation and energy consumption reduction have saved 527,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Five other energy-efficiency improvement projects will save another 1,068,000 kilowatts of power for the site, and a separate resource economization and waste recycling project has saved $230,000 annually. In 2011, the site invested more than $220,000 to upgrade its wastewater treatment system and $125,000 to improve waste gas management.
The Shenzhen site began operation in 1989 and was the first DuPont operation facility in China. The multi-business site now has about 800 employees and manufactures various products for four businesses: Performance Polymers, Chemicals & Fluoroproducts, Electronics & Communications and Packaging & Industrial Polymers.