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DuPont achieves sustainability goals 3 years ahead of schedule

With the release of its new Sustainability Report yesterday, DuPont today announced it has achieved most of its 2015 sustainability goals three years ahead of schedule and has made substantial progress toward the rest.

“At DuPont, sustainability is a business growth strategy that has been a driving force at our company for decades,” said Linda J. Fisher, vice president and chief sustainability officer. “This report illustrates the progress we have made against our voluntary commitments and the continued integration of sustainability into all our operations.”

The company’s 2015 market-facing goals, set in 2006, focussed on the shared value DuPont products bring to customers. As of last year, the company has generated over $6.7 billion in revenue from products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We also have invested nearly $4 billion in research and development programmes to develop products with direct, quantifiable environmental benefits for our customers,” Fisher added. “The simultaneous success of our market-facing and footprint goals is the business case for sustainability.”

Since 2004, DuPont has reduced the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25% compared to the goal of 15%; lowered global water usage by 12%; earned $2 billion in revenue from products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and $11.8 billion in revenue from products based on non-depletable resources.

DuPont announced a new set of goals in 2012 to focus the company’s work on food security between now and 2020. This is the first year DuPont is reporting progress on these goals. “Our scientists are developing new ways to produce nutritious and affordable food in ways that are more sustainable for our environment and natural resources,” Fisher adds. “We’re investing more than $3 million each day on research and development to this end. More importantly, we included a food security goal committing us to expand our engagement with young people around the world to build knowledge and enthusiasm for growing food and feeding the planet in a sustainable way.”

To read the entire 2013 Sustainability Report: www.dupont.com/corporate-functions/our-approach/sustainability/performance-reporting/sustainability-reports.html

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QGBC signs MOU with Qatar Society of Engineers to promote sustainability

Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) and the Qatar Society of Engineers (QSE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last week, intended to optimise their collective resources and expertise.

The partnership will help deliver professional education and training to enhance sustainability efforts within the construction industry, benefitting its stakeholders and the wider community. This goal will be achieved through joint research projects and outreach activities undertaken by both organisations.

The MOU was signed by Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, Director of QGBC and Ahmad Al Jolo, Chairman of QSE, and was attended by senior representatives from both organisations.

Eng. Al Shamari said: “This agreement serves to reinforce QGBC’s commitment to the environmental pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030, aimed at creating a sustainable society. To reach this goal, we need to raise awareness levels about the importance of green built environments, both in the industrial and public spheres, which is what this MOU will address in due course.”

Al Jolo said: “It is an honour for us at QSE to team up with the prestigious QGBC in pursuit of such a noble cause. I am confident that our joint efforts to disseminate quality sustainability education will be of great value, not only to the construction industry, but to the general public as well.”

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Europe and China Join Forces to Upgrade Urban Mobility

The European Union and China are working together to improve urban mobility. Hundreds of European and Chinese city mayors as well as academics and business representatives with an interest in the future of urbanisation gathered in Beijing at the Second EU China Urban Forum Thursday through Saturday to share ideas and identify future co-operation activities.

In his keynote address on opening day in the Great Hall of the People, European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas said, “The impact of our urbanisation efforts goes beyond European and Chinese domestic interests. We need to ensure the sustainable development of our cities not only for our citizens and our economies but because our cities have a global impact on environment, resources and greenhouse gas emissions – with significant geo-political consequences.”

EU Vice President in charge of transport, Siim Kallas, addresses an audience of mayors in Beijing.

Tianjin, Shenzhen and 10 other Chinese cities signed partnership agreements with European cities and organisations during the forum.

“China expects more EU countries and cities as well as enterprises and organisations to establish close and practical partnership with their Chinese counterparts,” said Xu Shaoshi, head of the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner.

Kallas said, “Cities are and always will be places of exchange: exchange of goods and ideas. Cities will be the drivers of economic growth in the 21st Century – but there is a risk that the quality of life in cities deteriorates, making them unattractive, inefficient and socially divisive.

“Together Europe and China can lead the way towards sustainable urbanization and create a win-win situation for our citizens, business and the environment.”


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QGBC signs MoU with Pakistan Engineers Forum

Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) and the Pakistan Engineers Forum (PEF) in Qatar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) yesterday, intended to maximise utilisation of their collective resources and expertise. The agreement will help deliver relevant education, training and promotion to enhance sustainability efforts within the construction industry, to the benefit of industry stakeholders and the wider community. This goal will be achieved through joint research projects and outreach activities undertaken by both organisations.

The MoU signing was attended by Ahmad Al Jolo, founding member of QGBC, and Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, Director of QGBC, alongside other senior representatives from both organisations.

Al Jolo said: “We are delighted at the opportunity to team up with the Pakistan Engineers Forum in Qatar, as this agreement will allow us to collectively raise awareness on key sustainability issues regarding the built environment, and we will achieve this through various upcoming outreach activities.”

Mohammad Riyad, Vice President of the Pakistan Engineers Forum in Qatar, said: “We believe it is through partnerships with prestigious organisations such as QGBC that the Pakistan Engineers Forum is able to contribute towards the environmental and human development goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030, by raising industry and public awareness through premier training, education, research and development.”


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MAPEI launches innovative Re-con Zero system

MAPEI, global manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and chemical products for construction, introduced its latest additive technology, Re-Con Zero (Returned Concrete with Zero Impact) at the International Concrete Sustainability Conference, a part of The Big 5 International Building & Construction Show 2013 taking place from November 25 to 28, 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

The innovative solution allows the complete recycling of the returned concrete from the job site to the batching plant within minutes without any wastes or negative impact to the environment.

The Re-con Zero system does not require special equipment as its additives treat the returned concrete in the truck mixer. The resulting granular material can be used as aggregate for new concrete production. MAPEI’s new solution is environment-friendly as it foregoes the use of as much as 5% of natural aggregates (depending on local standards), thus preserving natural resources and reducing the cost for waste disposal.

Roberto Saccone, Regional Business Manager – Concrete Admixture of MAPEI UAE, said: “The system is a pioneering green technology that is cost effective as well, and reflects the company’s 75 years of experience. We are also exhibiting other exciting and new products at Big 5 that are designed to enhance consumer and industry appreciation through the quality and versatility of our solutions.”



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Armstrong’s Planet Proposition defines its environmental stewardship

Since its founding in 1934, Armstrong Fluid Technology has been a champion of environmental responsibility. Armstrong is committed to lowering its carbon footprint and advancing environmental responsibility and innovation. Proof of that commitment is visible in the wide range of initiatives the company has put in place in recent years, ranging from implementation of industry-leading sustainability practices at its seven manufacturing facilities around the world to the recently announced Sustainability Dashboard.

With that carbon reduction commitment in mind, the company has created a Planet Proposition initiative that describes to its customers and employees how environmental stewardship is ingrained in the Armstrong business. The four main pillars of the Planet Proposition are:

  • Designing, promoting and applying the most energy-efficient fluid flow solutions.
  • Applying stringent environmental and health and safety standards and improvement metrics to Armstrong’s operations.
  • Pursuing projects that integrate renewables and pave the way to net-zero carbon buildings.
  • Educating and supporting the Armstrong Community to make environmentally-friendly choices at work and at home.

One of the cornerstones of Armstrong’s Planet Proposition is its unique Design Envelope technology, which was created to provide the greenest, most cost-effective and most flexible building mechanical solutions on the planet. Design Envelope technology integrates the latest selection, control and hydronic tools into heat-transfer solutions that naturally accommodate changes in building design and demand to ensure that system performance is at an optimum at any given time.

“We believe it is critically important for everyone to do what they can to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Lex van der Weerd, CEO of Armstrong Fluid Technology. “In addition to helping our customers worldwide significantly reduce their energy consumption, our internal initiatives are designed to improve the environmental performance of Armstrong facilities, not only in energy usage but also in water consumption, indoor air and lighting quality, paper usage, recycling of resources, landscaping and certifications.”

For more information about Armstrong Fluid Technology visit www.armstrongfluidtechnology.com


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