2016 Sustainability Report


2016 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. In 2016, we incorporated a number of updates partially due to the transformation of our business portfolio, which is now focused primarily on paint, coatings and specialty materials. We also achieved some of the original goals earlier than anticipated, which required a reset to ensure continuous improvement.

Here is a summary of our progress through 2016.

2020 Goal 2016 Progress
40 percent of sales from sustainable products and processes by 2020 31 percent
10 percent reduction in total waste disposal intensity by 2020 from a 2012 baseline. 11 percent reduction from 2012
25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas intensity by 2020 from a 2012 baseline. 29 percent reduction from 2012
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. 11 percent improvement in 2016
Implement water management plans at priority sites. Created and implemented a process to develop water management plans
Zero injuries. On our path to zero injuries, ensure that we achieve an improvement of at least 5 percent per year in our injury and illness rate. Rate of 0.31 equaled prior year
Implement wellness programs at 100 percent of PPG facilities globally by 2020. 73 percent of reporting locations with 50 or more employees had a wellness program in 2016
Implement the community engagement framework globally by 2020. 70 percent of our facilities met the framework requirements in 2016
Eliminate lead from remaining non-consumer coatings formulations by 2020. Eliminated 21 percent of the remaining non-consumer products that contain lead.
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