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Chemours Receives Two DOE Awards for Sustainable Manufacturing Practices

The Chemours Co. was recently honored with two awards from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants initiative, which recognizes partners for outstanding accomplishments in energy efficiency, decarbonization, water efficiency, or waste reduction projects or practices. This is the second year that Chemours has been recognized with both Better Project and Better Practice awards.

Carolyn Snyder, deputy assistant secretary for buildings and industry at the DOE, commented, “Partners in the Better Climate Challenge are industry leaders in energy efficiency and decarbonization. As a winner of both a Better Project and Better Practice award, The Chemours Company has demonstrated an innovative pathway to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions that other organizations can learn from.” 

Chemours received a Better Practice Award for launching an internal bonus metric based on implementing sustained energy efficiency projects that, in the first year of implementation, reduced energy intensity by 3.5% company-wide. The new program improved energy efficiency across 14 sites through process improvements, small capital projects, and control strategies.

The company also received a Better Project Award, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments at individual facilities, for achieving over $1 million in annual savings on waste disposal costs at its Corpus Christi, Texas, manufacturing site. The company optimized the performance of an existing distillation column to significantly increase its recycling yield — effectively reducing waste by 60% in a single process step. The project increased yield and recycling without sacrificing quality or catalyst integrity in the reaction and the approach is being investigated for use at other Chemours locations.

“We are immensely proud to be recognized by our partners at the Department of Energy. These awards reflect the exceptional efforts our teams have put into enhancing energy efficiency and reducing waste at our manufacturing sites,” said Dr. Amber Wellman, Chemours’ chief sustainability officer. “As a science-based company, sustainability is core to everything we do — be it in our sustainable product offerings or our commitment to produce essential chemistries responsibly. These awards serve not just as a recognition of our success, but also as an inspiration for us to continue pushing forward in achieving our ambitious sustainability goals.”

As a partner in DOE’s Better Plants and Better Climate Challenge, Chemours is driving reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy intensity at its U.S. sites, which align with and support the company’s 2030 Sustainability Goals.

The 2024 Better Project, Better Practice Awards winners were celebrated during the Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit held in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about The Chemours Co. at www.chemours.com

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