Environmental stewardship has driven our research and development for more than a century. In the last decade, a strategic realignment to focus our product portfolio almost entirely on paints and coatings has enabled a concerted and disciplined approach to developing sustainably advantaged products and processes that provide environmental and other sustainability benefits to our customers.
Our coatings, materials and technologies reduce corrosion, extending the life of our customers’ products. We also help our customers reduce energy usage and emissions, protect their employees and minimize waste and water consumption through the use of our products.
In 2018, 32 percent ($5 billion) of our total sales were derived from sustainably advantaged products and processes. Our goal is 40 percent by 2025.
To realize this goal, we are leveraging the best practices in product development from each of our business units and applying these learnings to our other business segments.
A key aspect of our product development process is selecting sustainable and safe materials to manufacture a product. We actively seek to avoid using chemicals of concern in new products, and we have been successful in removing these substances from many existing products through reformulation. (See the Product Stewardship section.) We also have committed to remove lead from our remaining non-consumer coatings formulations by 2020. None of our consumer paints worldwide contains lead.
We publicly communicate transparent and comparable information about the environmental impact of our products through a variety of methods, including independently verified life cycle assessments (LCA) and validated environmental product declarations (EPD) for select products. We also provide clarity into our products’ contents and associated health information through health product declarations (HPDs) and other disclosure tools used in the building and construction industry. In addition, we disclose chemicals of potential concern on the labels of food-contact products that are sold to the public.
A current focus is developing these types of documents for products that can help end customers meet their green building initiatives, such as the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED®) certification. Examples of LCAs, EPDs and HPDs can be found on our PPG PAINTS™ website.
In 2018, we joined the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions to further our commitment to innovate sustainably advantaged products and processes. The organization’s members work toward clean and sustainable economies by committing to help governments, companies and other institutions meet their environmental targets and adopt more ambitious energy policies.
We do not use lead as an ingredient in our consumer paints and coatings anywhere in the world. We have proactively eliminated lead from all new formulations for a number of years and will not use lead in new formulations in the future. We also develop plans to eliminate lead from products that become part of our portfolio through acquisitions as part of our integration process.
We are committed to eliminating lead from the small quantity of non-consumer coatings formulations that remain in our portfolio by 2020. These non-consumer products, which comprise less than 1 percent of our entire portfolio, include lead solely to meet the unique specifications of certain customers.
At the end of 2018, we had eliminated 91 percent of the non-consumer products that previously contained lead. We are on track to eliminate production of the remaining lead-containing products by the end of 2019.
One example of our efforts in this area is within our global protective and marine coatings business, which eliminated lead from the manufacture of all product formulations in 2016. Our other non-consumer-facing businesses are following a similar path to meet the 2020 lead-free goal.