DuPont Chair & CEO: Addressing Energy Challenges
Addressing energy security, climate change and increasing demand for limited natural resources will require smarter, more efficient and sustainable energy solutions, DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman said last week at the Detroit Economic Club.
“Demand for energy will continue to grow as world population increases and as more and more people in the world move into the middle class,” Ellen said. “Long before we run out of oil, simple economics, market opportunity and innovative science – along with other unforeseen factors yet to come – are going to usher in the next energy revolution. In the short term, a mix of existing and emerging technologies will be needed.”
Ellen noted that conservation and more efficient use of existing fossil fuels are critical. She also outlined how DuPont continues to advance science-based renewable energy solutions, including photovoltaics, biofuels, fuel cells, renewably sourced materials, and energy-efficient technologies and building materials.
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Ellen specifically pointed to the automotive industry’s critical role in reducing global dependence on fossil fuels through the adoption of sustainable products and systems, advanced drive and fuel-cell technologies, and light-weight materials. For example, she noted that DuPont™ Zytel® PLUS nylon can significantly reduce a vehicle’s weight and increase miles per gallon. And DuPont™ Energain™ battery separators improve battery performance, safety and stability at high temperatures.
“The decades ahead are going to be a time of tremendous innovation to address human needs in a sustainable way,” Ellen said. “Reducing dependence on fossil fuels will be one of our most important global challenges. Success will involve multiple technologies, coupled with innovation and collaboration across companies, borders and sectors.”
Located in a city considered the center of the U.S. auto industry, the Detroit Economic Club provides a platform for the debate and discussion of great business, government and social issues.
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