Mixed progress for DuPont on environment goals

Chemical giant saves "hundreds of millions of dollars" from improved health, safety and environment performance

Multinational chemical company DuPont has made mixed progress towards its goals of zero accidents, incidents and emissions at its 35 European sites. The company's environmental report for 1996 shows substantial improvement on all key indicators in the last six years. But there was some deterioration of performance last year: Hazardous air emissions increased by 13%, hazardous waste arisings by 10% and emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide rose by 8%. DuPont also missed its target to eliminate CFC emissions by the end of 1996. However, it made significant progress towards its goal of eliminating airborne carcinogens by 2000. Despite the patchy performance, director of environmental affairs Eberhard Leppin reported that: "The increasing returns from improved safety, health and environment performance are being calculated in hundreds of millions of dollars as a result of raw material savings, declining waste disposal costs, and increased manufacturing efficiency." Four of the company's sites have now been certified to the ISO14001 or BS7750 environmental management standards, and three have applied for registration under the EU eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS).

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