2015 Sustainability Report

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2015 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. Developed in 2012, these goals focus on key sustainability challenges.

Periodically, we review the goals to determine if they remain relevant as our business evolves, stakeholder expectations shift, and progress is achieved.

We conducted such a review in 2015 and incorporated a number of updates in early 2016. These changes were partially related to our transformation from a chemicals, glass and coatings company to primarily a paint and coatings company. We also achieved some of the goals we established in 2012 earlier than anticipated, which required a reset to ensure continuous improvement.

Here is a summary of our progress against our existing goals in 2015. The last column lists our new goals for 2016 onward, some of which have changed while others have remained the same.

 

Previous 2020 Goal

2015 Progress

New 2020 Goal

Achieve 30 percent of sales from sustainable products by 2020 30 percent of sales from sustainable products 40 percent of sales from sustainable products and processes by 2020
Reduce hazardous waste to landfill by 20 percent by 2020 from a 2012 baseline 17 percent increase since 2012 due to waste from a furnace rebuild in 2015 10 percent reduction in total waste disposal intensity by 2020 
Reduce non-hazardous waste to landfill by 10 percent by 2020 from a 2012 baseline 6 percent reduction since 2012
Reduce energy intensity 1.5 percent per year 23 percent reduction since 2012 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas intensity by 2020 
Reduce greenhouse gas emission intensity 1.5 percent per year 17 percent reduction since 2012
 
Reduce total spills and releases rate by 10 percent per year 28 percent reduction since 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
Reduce PPG injury and illness rate by 5 percent per year 26 percent reduction since 2012 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
Implement wellness programs at 100 percent of PPG facilities globally by 2020 71 percent of our facilities had a wellness program in 2015 Implement wellness programs at 100 percent of PPG facilities globally by 2020
Implement the community engagement framework globally by 2020 65 percent of our sites met the requirements of the community engagement framework in 2015 Implement the community engagement framework globally by 2020
    Implement water management plans at priority sites
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