Du Pont set to inherit ICI's N2O emission problem

US chemical giant Du Pont is to take over ICI's European nylon business - and with it the UK's largest source of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O). ICI's Wilton site on Teesside produces up to 90,000 tonnes per year of the gas - over half of the UK's emissions (ENDS Report 206, pp 26-7 ).

The change in ownership is part of a deal in which ICI is swapping its nylon intermediates, fibres and engineering plastics businesses for Du Pont's US acrylics operation and a £250 million cash payment. The deal is due to be completed by the end of 1992.

N2O is a potent greenhouse gas, with a global warming effect some 200 times larger than carbon dioxide over a period of 100 years. It is also implicated in the destructi

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