At PPG, we are committed to using resources efficiently, developing industry-leading sustainable solutions, and prioritizing decarbonization to protect the world for current and future generations.
Minimizing the footprint of our operations is an ongoing focus, and our locations are guided by our 2025 sustainability goals, outlined at sustainability.ppg.com. In 2022, we furthered our commitment to progress through key actions, including:
- Committed to the Science Based Targets initiative and submitted Scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions reduction targets for 2030 to the organization for validation, aligned to the Paris Agreement. PPG will announce our 2030 sustainability goals in the first half of 2023.
- Launched industry-leading sustainable solutions to meet our customers' needs.
- Continued to increase our use of renewable electricity sources
- Finalized our new global sustainability organization, including embedded sustainability business partners for each strategic PPG business that works with customers to innovate solutions that enable our customers' sustainability ambitions
- Initiated supplier collaborations to identify more sustainable raw material solutions
- Increased sustainability and climate change educational opportunities for PPG employees through new learning modules and an internal podcast series
One example of our commitment to environmental sustainability is PPG's Quattordio, Italy automotive coatings manufacturing site. Through a partnership with Grastim on the startup of a high-efficiency power-generation facility, PPG will combine cooling, heating, and power, otherwise known as trigeneration, to power the site. We expect to reduce energy costs by 13% and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 10% at the facility annually.
In addition, PPG's Adrian, Michigan, automotive adhesives and sealants manufacturing facility entered into a 1.5 megawatt (MW) agreement with Constellation that will help PPG purchase the clean, renewable energy equivalent to the annual electricity use of the facility. Through a 12-year agreement, PPG will receive energy and project-specific renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Swift Current Energy's Double Black Diamond Solar Energy Project. The facility will procure approximately 3,500-megawatt hours of energy per year from the project, which is expected to help PPG reduce its carbon footprint by more than 2,400 metric tons annually. This is the equivalent emissions of more than 530 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles driven for one year, according to EPA greenhouse gas equivalencies.
In addition to our operations and our customers' operations, PPG recognizes its role in minimizing the environmental impact of our products throughout their entire life cycle. Our rigorous Product Stewardship Management System and sustainable product assessment process, aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), are the bedrocks of our process.
To ensure sustainable business practices, the product stewardship management system covers the full scope of the product life cycle – from material sourcing to product development and application, including hazard communication and chemical regulatory compliance, safe transport of dangerous goods, and customer response to end-of-life requirements.
Our sustainable paints, coatings, and specialty materials create value and deliver sustainability benefits to our customers, suppliers, and a variety of stakeholders. In 2022, we launched a number of sustainable offerings, including:
PPG Innovel PRO
An enhanced version of PPG Innovel, the internal beverage can coating that has been applied to more than 220 billion cans in 40 countries. The new formula still does not contain bisphenol-A (BPA) or bisphenol starting substances, and provides enhanced application, leading to less waste for infinitely recyclable aluminum beverage cans. PPG Innovel PRO earned a Cradle to Cradle Certified Material Health Certificate™ at the Platinum level.
PPG ENVIRO-Prime® EPIC 200R
Developed to deliver superior corrosion protection, adhesion, and appearance across an expanded bake window, the enhanced curing capability of PPG Enviro-Prime EPIC 200R electrocoat also delivers additional sustainability benefits by enabling customers to lower oven temperatures resulting in a reduction of CO2 emissions.
PPG ENVIROCRON® LUM
Used on Lyft's e-bikes and engineered to help improve visibility in low-light conditions, this proprietary and patent-pending breakthrough technology is formulated with glass beads, making the single-layer coating refract light and retroreflect it directly back to a vehicle’s driver to enhance visibility and increase safety for the bicyclist.
To learn more about our sustainable products and solutions, visit sustainability.ppg.com