OFFICIAL CARBON PARTNER OF RIO 2016

Created a Legacy of Low-Carbon, Energy-Efficient Technologies in Latin America

Olympic Games Rio 2016

The Challenge

As the Official Carbon Partner of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, Dow committed to delivering third-party-verified primary climate benefits of 500,000 tons of CO2e by 2026 to balance the owned emissions of the Organizing Committee. Dow and Rio 2016 also collaborated to enable an additional 1.5 million tons of CO2e in climate benefits to compensate for emissions beyond the direct control and influence of the Organizing Committee, such as those resulting from travel, lodging and other activities.

The Abraça (‘Embrace’) Sustainability Program for the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee

As the Official Carbon Partner of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, Dow developed the most comprehensive carbon mitigation program in the history of the Olympic Games to help fulfill the commitment of hosting the Olympic Games Rio 2016 with minimal carbon impact and build capacity for low carbon technologies across Latin America.

The project portfolio is designed to impact key sectors in Brazil and Latin America and will enable industries to do more with less, switch to lower carbon energy sources and conserve energy through efficient solutions. These projects go beyond business as usual operations to achieve more innovation, overcome barriers and catalyze long-term change in market practices.

Delivering Tangible Results

Working with NatureBank as our carbon consultant, we quantified the emission reductions associated with our projects and demonstrated how these emission reductions go beyond business as usual.

We selected Environmental Resources Management (ERM) to provide third-party validation of the Project Plans against the Dow Climate Solutions Framework and verify GHG emission reductions. In addition, ERM conducts an assessment of forecasted generation of climate benefits based on verified evidence.

  Implemented Projects Winning Collaborations
Agriculture

Project Name: Restoration of Pastureland to Improve Range Efficiency

Impact: Partnering with a leading agriculture group, the project promotes restoration of pastureland resulting in increased soil carbon sequestration and supports intensification of livestock production.

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  • Dow AgroSciences Brazil
  • Roncador Group
  • 24 partner farms in Mato Grosso region in Brazil

Project Name: Precision Agriculture Nitrogen Emission Management

Impact: The project introduces precision agriculture technology, seeds and crop protection solutions to help farmers in Mato Grosso optimize crop productivity and reduce GHG emissions.

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Press release: Dow Implements Sustainable Agriculture in Brazil as Part of Carbon Mitigation Program for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

  • Dow AgroSciences Brazil
  • Farmers Edge
  • Irriger
  • Seven partner farms in Mato Grosso region in Brazil
Industry and Energy

Project Name: Aratu Biomass Cogeneration

Impact: This project adopts groundbreaking power and steam generation technologies (cogeneration) from eucalyptus and sugarcane biomass to replace fossil fuels (mainly natural natural gas) and significantly reduce GHG emissions at two Dow sites in Brazil.

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  • Dow Brazil
  • Energias Renovaveis do Brasil (ERB)

Project Name: Santa Vitória Cogeneration

Impact: The Santa Vitória facility was the first in Brazil to employ a new business model to efficiently generate electricity, steam and water for an ethanol plant.

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  • Dow Brazil
  • Energias Renovaveis do Brasil (ERB)

Project Name: Microfoamed-core Flexible Packaging Production

Impact: This project is working with plastic film manufacturers in five countries (Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico and Colombia) to enable the adoption of Dow’s proprietary microfoaming technology, which increases manufacturing productivity and results in lighter films. This technology reduces the GHG footprint of the film while maintaining the same functional properties for the packaging.

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Project video: Microfoaming Packaging Technology – For a Lighter World

  • Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics, Brazil
  • Film manufacturers: Valfilm, Petropack, Folmex and Plastilene
  • Equipment manufacturer: MuCell Extrusion
Construction & Infrastructure

Project Name: Educating the Value Chain About Polyurethane Insulation in Construction

Impact: Engaging with the construction value chain in Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, the project encourages the adoption of polyurethane-based insulation technologies for operational and environmental benefits. Achieving significant energy savings by using these foam core panels instead of conventional block walls, can help reduce building operation energy costs and limit GHG emissions.

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Project website: http://www.insulationinconstruction.com/

Project videos: Thermal Insulation Technology Improved Energy Efficiency in the Infrastructure Industry
Dow Polyurethanes | Insulation Challenge

  • Dow Polyurethanes, Brazil
  • Danica-Zipco, Brazil
  • Isoeste, Brazil
  • MBP-Isoblock, Brazil
  • Acerolatina, Argentina
  • Friostar, Argentina
  • Plaquimet, Argentina
  • Sipanel, Argentina

Project Name: Blowing Agent Conversion for Polyurethane Foamed-core Door Panels

Impact: Dow worked with customers in Argentina and Mexico to modify formulations and eliminate from their manufacturing process the use of gases with high global warming potential (GWP), reducing carbon emissions embodied in construction materials.

  • Dow Polyurethanes, Brazil
  • Termo Puertas, Mexico

Project Name: Blowing Agent Conversion for Polyurethane Sandwich Panels

Description: Dow worked with customers in Argentina and Mexico to modify formulations and eliminate from their manufacturing process the use of gases with high global warming potential (GWP), reducing carbon emissions embodied in construction materials.

  • Dow Polyurethanes, Brazil
  • Friostar, Argentina
Education

Project Name: The Transforma Program in Brazil

Impact: To broaden awareness of climate change and related issues, we partnered with Rio 2016 through the Transforma program to reach more than 7 million students in Brazil with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula in 2016. This program leveraged the Olympic Games to demonstrate the applicability and relevance of science, and as an opportunity to teach sustainable practices that students can use in their everyday lives.

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Press release:Dow Becomes Official Partner of Transforma, Adding Science Content to the Rio 2016 Education Program (August 2016)
Worldwide Olympic Partners Bridgestone and Dow Team with Rio 2016 to Advance Education through Sport

  • Transforma (STEM)
  • BridgeStone

Awards and Recognition

The 2016 Exame Sustainability Guide (Guia Exame de Sustentabilidade) – Dow was highlighted in the Climate Change category for the projects developed through the carbon partnership. In addition, Dow was recognized as a model company for sustainability for the 6th consecutive time. The companies nominated to be listed in the Guide are evaluated by the Center of Sustainability Studies of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation – GVCes (Centro de Estudos em Sustentabilidade da Fundação Getúlio Vargas), a reference institution in Brazil.

“Good Companies” (Empresas do Bem) survey, carried out by IstoÉ Dinheiro magazine – selected Dow’s initiatives for the mitigation of the carbon footprint of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 as examples for other companies and government entities due to their reach and quality.

12th Brazil Environmental Award (Prêmio Brasil Ambiental), from the American Chamber of Commerce in Rio de Janeiro.

Dow receives the 2016 Eco Award (Prêmio Eco 2016), from the American Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo in partnership with O Estado de São Paulo newspaper, recognizing the best corporate sustainability practices.

Dow was also highlighted in the Atmospheric Emissions and Sustainability Processes categories, respectively, both for its strategy in mitigating the carbon footprint of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and for Dow’s view of sustainability as a business driver in Latin America.

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