DuPont Develops Next Generation of Styrofoam
Originally published by: Business Wire — July 16, 2020
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In support of its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while driving sustainable innovation, DuPont™ has announced the phased launch of a new, reduced global warming potential (GWP) Styrofoam™ Brand Insulation. Beginning January 1, 2021, the Styrofoam™ Brand Insulation family of products will include lower GWP options, advancing DuPont’s 2030 Sustainability Goals and complying with adopted and upcoming state and provincial hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) regulations throughout the United States and Canada. Building on the company’s previous announcement, the multi-phased approach will deliver GHG reductions in support of the Paris Climate Agreement along a timeline that is more aggressive than the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.
“The new, reduced GWP product will first launch in Canada and U.S. states that have adopted 2021 HFC regulations as of April 1, 2020, with plans to expand the product offering going forward.”
“We are committed to leading the transition to more sustainable buildings, while ensuring our products continue to deliver the high level of performance our customers trust,” said Tim Lacey, Global Vice President & General Manager, DuPont Performance Building Solutions. “Pairing market performance needs with innovation that addresses environmental challenges, such as climate change, is at the core of our beliefs.”
This latest innovation from DuPont represents the next step forward in the evolution of the Styrofoam™ Brand franchise, introduced nearly 80 years ago. Styrofoam™ Brand Insulation- an extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam insulation- was the first brand in its category. Since its launch, it has played a key role in the building and construction industry, providing thermal, air, and moisture management that contributes to operational building energy efficiency over the lifetime of buildings. With this latest innovation step change, DuPont also expects a reduction in embodied carbon to be reflected in an updated Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), which will be available with the new products.
“We are taking a thoughtful, phased approach to launching this latest Styrofoam™ innovation to ensure we are providing a sustainable, code-approved solution that does not sacrifice the performance our customers have come to trust,” said Lacey. “The new, reduced GWP product will first launch in Canada and U.S. states that have adopted 2021 HFC regulations as of April 1, 2020, with plans to expand the product offering going forward.”
To learn more about DuPont™ Styrofoam™ Brand Insulation, visit building.dupont.com.