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Making the Bioeconomy Work

It’s not just about reducing CO2 emissions

Biology is replacing geology as we seek out new ways to galvanize our global economies. Agriculture is the key – we will ‘till instead of drill’ for our raw materials. And bioprocesses are already replacing traditional chemical synthesis in many industrial processes. 

At DuPont, we’re already using biotechnology to convert renewable raw materials derived from plants and crops into the energy and products needed by advanced societies. 

Good for the environment, good for jobs

We’re working together with progressive farming interests and research institutions to explore how rural economies could benefit from growing feedstocks that replace petrochemicals in industrial production. 

Our enzyme and protein engineering expertise is already creating ‘green jobs’, by helping a broad range of industries to deliver products that have a positive impact on the sustainability of households around the globe. These include enzymes that help:

 

  • Wash clothes and clean dishes.
  • Give jeans a soft feel and a stone-washed look.
  • Convert corn starch to sweetener for your drink – or ethanol for your car.
  • Increase the nutritional value of animal feed.

 

 

 

 

This is only the beginning 

Our advanced protein engineering techniques are helping to make biorefineries a reality, by using non-food parts of plants and agricultural waste products as a viable alternative to fossil fuels.

Twenty years from now, we will look back and see how biotechnology has contributed to progress towards industrial sustainability. And by 2050, we believe that all 9.1 billion of us will be living in a sustainable and flourishing bioeconomy.

Solving Today's Sustainability Challenges

Beth Concoby
Director of Sustainability
Beth Concoby
Director of Sustainability