2015 Sustainability Report



PPG’s facility in Valencia, Spain is a model for energy management.
At PPG, we are committed to using resources efficiently to preserve and protect the environment in which we operate.
Our environment, health and safety (EHS) policy provides the guidelines under which we market, distribute and manufacture products globally in a manner that protects our people, neighbors, customers and the environment. This policy incorporates elements from several voluntary global industry initiatives in which we are a participant, including the RESPONSIBLE CARE® program and COATINGS CARE® initiative.
Our locations implement the policy through our global EHS management system, ensuring consistent execution against our EHS standards, sustainability goals and strategies worldwide. The system also enables us to track our progress on a location, business and global level. In 2015, we had 41 locations certified to the ISO 14001:2004 standard for environmental management systems.
We continued making progress against our environmental sustainability goals in 2015, including achieving our sustainable products and greenhouse gas goal five years ahead of schedule. A new set of goals will be in place beginning in 2016 to better represent the sustainability challenges we currently face.
For many of our goals, we measure intensity rather than absolute numbers. This accounts for year-to-year variations in production volume and company growth, which could mask progress or slippage against the goals.

Environmental Sustainability Goals


2012 Baseline


Progress versus Baseline

Achieve 30 percent of sales from sustainable products by 2020.

20 percent

30 percent

↑ 50 percent

Reduce hazardous waste to landfill by 20 percent by 2020.

(metric tons of waste to landfill per 100 metric tons of production)

(0.06 without waste from a furnace rebuild)

↑ 17 percent
(No change from baseline without furnace rebuild waste)

Reduce non-hazardous waste to landfill by 10 percent by 2020.

(metric tons of waste to landfill per 100 metric tons of production)


↓ 6 percent

Reduce energy intensity 1.5 percent per year.

(million British thermal units per metric ton of production)


↓ 23 percent

Reduce greenhouse gas emission intensity 1.5 percent per year.

(metric tons of emissions per metric ton of production)


↓ 17 percent

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