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Episode 191: DuPont melds innovation and tech, climate conundrum for shipping, steel

Week in Review

Commentary on this week's featured stories starts at 5:35. 


Transport, steel and the economics of climate change (21:30)

When it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, some energy-intensive industries are particularly "hard to abate" such as shipping, trucking, aviation, steel and mining — the sectors responsible for gathering and transporting many resources relied on by the global economy. We spoke with Ned Harvey, managing director of the industry program at Rocky Mountain Institute, on the new push within these sectors to address climate change.

How DuPont is blending sustainability with innovation (31:05)

Very few people don't know the DuPont name, but the "new DuPont" has a very different mission from the original company founded as a gunpowder mill more than 200 years ago. We chat with the company's chief technology and sustainability officer, Alexa Dembek, about why the executive leadership decided to align its technology innovation and sustainability initiatives under one team. Plus, why the company has connected its new mission closely with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

*Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: "Trying Anything Once," "Wandering," "Arcade Montage" and "Here's The Thing"

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