2020 Sustainability Report

2020 Progress

Our sustainability goals focus on our key challenges and guide our actions

2020 Progress

Our sustainability goals serve as a guide for our businesses and locations to embed sustainability into their day-to-day operations and measure their progress.

Originally developed in 2012, these goals focus on key sustainability challenges. We periodically revise these goals to build upon our efforts and better represent the sustainability opportunities currently facing our business. We last updated the goals in 2017 due to the achievement of many of our earlier goals and the changing makeup of our business portfolio following a series of divestitures and acquisitions.

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Making our business more sustainable

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Sustainability Goals

Goal 2020 Progress

40% of sales from products and processes that have improved sustainability over products being replaced by 2025.


25% reduction in total waste disposal intensity by 2025 from a 2017 baseline.

33.8% reduction from baseline

Achieve zero landfill status from process waste at 35% of PPG manufacturing and research and development locations by 2025.

34.5% of locations achieved zero landfill status

Reduce energy consumption intensity by 15% by 2025 from a 2017 baseline.

10.4% reduction from baseline

Increase renewable energy to 25% of total electricity usage exclusive of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions by 2025.


Reduce GHG emissions intensity by 15% measured in total tons discharged by 2025 from a 2017 baseline.

­­­12.5% reduction from baseline

On our path to eliminating spills, ensure that we achieve at least a 65% improvement in our spills and releases rate by 2025 from a 2017 baseline.

32.6% improvement from baseline

20% reduction in water intensity by 2025 from a 2017 baseline.

14.5% reduction from baseline

Zero injuries. On our path to zero injuries, ensure that we achieve an improvement of at least 5% per year in our injury and illness rate.

Rate of 0.23 was 23.3% below the 2019 rate

Active wellness programs at 100% of PPG facilities globally by 2025.

Approximately 70% of our locations with 50 or more employees had a wellness program in 2020

Implement the community engagement framework globally by 2025.

 80% of our facilities met the framework requirements in 2020

Invest at least $10 million by 2025 through the COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® initiative.

$7.30 million invested through 2020

Eliminate lead from remaining non-consumer coatings formulations by 2020. 

At the end of 2019, we eliminated lead from the production of the small quantity of non-consumer coatings formulations that remained in our portfolio. For more information, visit our Product Stewardship page.

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