At PPG, we are committed to using resources efficiently and driving sustainability throughout our entire value chain to preserve and protect the environment in which we operate.

We are minimizing the footprint of our operations, from manufacturing sites to distribution centers, retail stores and transportation. We are working with our suppliers to deliver sustainable products that are more durable, create less waste during use and enhance the sustainability of the products to which they are applied. We are also actively engaged with our customers to ensure we are creating products and services that help them meet their sustainability goals, such as increased energy efficiency and reduced emissions and waste.

Our environment, health and safety (EHS) policy provides the guidelines under which we manufacture, market and distribute 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 2017, we had 52 locations certified to the ISO 14001:2015 standard for environmental management systems. Our corporate environmental management system was also certified to the standard.

Our environmental sustainability goals drive not only our performance but that of our customers. For 2018 onward, new goals will better represent the sustainability challenges we currently face following significant divestitures and acquisitions over the past few years.

We measure intensity and other calculated rates in addition to absolute numbers to account for year-to-year variations in production volume and company growth, which could mask progress or slippage against the goals.

Environmental Sustainability Goals
Goal 2012 Baseline 2017 Progress versus Baseline
40 percent of sales from sustainable-advantaged products and processes by 2020 20 percent 32 percent ↑ 60 percent
10 percent reduction in total waste disposal intensity by 2020 from a 2012 baseline 4.70
(metric tons of waste per 100 metric tons of production)
4.01 ↓ 15 percent
25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 2020 from a 2012 baseline 0.52
(metric tons of emissions per metric ton of production)
0.28 ↓ 46 percent
On our path to eliminating spills, ensure that we achieve an improvement of at least 10 percent per year in our spills and releases rate 2.32
(total spills and releases per 1,000 employees)
1.84 ↑ 24 percent over 2016

↓ 21 percent from 2012
Implement water management plans at priority sites - Three plans implemented in 2017 -
Eliminate lead from remaining non-consumer coatings formulations by 2020 - Eliminated 43 percent of the remaining non-consumer products that contain lead -