In 2014, the company said it increased energy efficiency and improved employee safety, health and well-being. The company reports that it also achieved 27 percent of its sales from sustainable products during the year, an increase from 21 percent in 2013.
“Sustainable innovation has driven PPG’s research and development portfolio throughout our history,” said Charles 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 the following milestones in its progress toward achieving its 2020 sustainability goals such as:
- Reducing energy intensity by 15 percent since 2012.
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent since 2012.
- Reducing its illness-and-injury rate by 17 percent since 2012, including a 5 percent decrease in the injury-and-illness rate since 2013.
- Implementing wellness programs at more than 85 percent of PPG manufacturing facilities by the end of 2014, a 10 percent increase over 2013.
- Implementing the company’s community engagement framework at more than 52 percent of PPG sites, increasing from 48 percent in 2013.
- Distributing more than $5.7 million in charitable contributions in 2014.