PPG sustains progress

In 2014, the company increased energy efficiency and improved employee safety, health and well-being. The company also achieved 27% of its sales from sustainable products during the year, increasing from 21% in 2013.

‘Sustainable innovation has driven PPG’s research and development portfolio throughout our history,’ said Charles F Kahle II, PPG chief technology officer and vice president of coatings research and development. ‘Our customers are seeking coatings products that address a variety of sustainability considerations. From the very beginning, we’ve been positioned to find solutions that make customers’ lives easier and benefit the environment at the same time.’

In addition to growth in sustainable-product sales, the company noted progress toward achieving its 2020 sustainability goals such as: reducing energy intensity by 15% since 2012; reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 12% since 2012; implementing wellness programmes at more than 85% of PPG manufacturing facilities by the end of 2014, a 10% increase over 2013, and distributing more than $5.7 million in charitable contributions in 2014.

The Corporate Sustainability Report is available at www.ppg.com/csr.