Sustainably Advantaged Products

  • 32%total sales derived from sustainably advantaged products and processes
  • 40%2025 goal for total sales derived from sustainably advantaged products and processes
  • 5years ahead of schedule meeting our initial 30% goal

Environmental stewardship has driven our research and development for more than a century. In the last decade, a strategic realignment to focus our product portfolio almost entirely on paints and coatings has enabled a concerted and disciplined approach to developing sustainably advantaged products and processes that provide environmental and other sustainability benefits to our customers.

Our coatings, materials and technologies reduce corrosion, extending the life of our customers’ products. We also help our customers reduce energy usage and emissions, protect their employees and minimize waste and water consumption through the use of our products.

In 2018, 32 percent ($5 billion) of our total sales were derived from sustainably advantaged products and processes. Our goal is 40 percent by 2025.

To realize this goal, we are leveraging the best practices in product development from each of our business units and applying these learnings to our other business segments.

A key aspect of our product development process is selecting sustainable and safe materials to manufacture a product. We actively seek to avoid using chemicals of concern in new products, and we have been successful in removing these substances from many existing products through reformulation. (See the Product Stewardship section.) We also have committed to remove lead from our remaining non-consumer coatings formulations by 2020. None of our consumer paints worldwide contains lead.

We publicly communicate transparent and comparable information about the environmental impact of our products through a variety of methods, including independently verified life cycle assessments (LCA) and validated environmental product declarations (EPD) for select products. We also provide clarity into our products’ contents and associated health information through health product declarations (HPDs) and other disclosure tools used in the building and construction industry. In addition, we disclose chemicals of potential concern on the labels of food-contact products that are sold to the public.

A current focus is developing these types of documents for products that can help end customers meet their green building initiatives, such as the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED®) certification. Examples of LCAs, EPDs and HPDs can be found on our PPG PAINTS™ website.

In 2018, we joined the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions to further our commitment to innovate sustainably advantaged products and processes. The organization’s members work toward clean and sustainable economies by committing to help governments, companies and other institutions meet their environmental targets and adopt more ambitious energy policies.

InnovationLow-cure paint technology revs up sustainability

Before we introduced our new low-cure paint technology in 2018, approximately 70 percent of total energy consumption at an automotive assembly facility took place in the paint shop. The new technology uses up to 39 percent less energy through a next-generation clearcoat that cures at about 175 F (80 C) compared to nearly 285 F (140 C) for current systems. Added benefits include a simplified manufacturing process and smaller paint shop footprint. An exclusive Italian sportscar original equipment manufacturer was the first to adopt the technology for low-volume applications. More »

InnovationA formula for customer success

When THE HOME DEPOT® asked for our help in meeting its commitment to sell only interior and exterior water-based wall paints in the U.S. and Canada that help maintain healthier air quality and exclude chemicals of concern, we acted. We are on target to revise 273 PPG paint products sold by the home improvement retailer by the December 2019 deadline. All of the products will conform to the South Coast Air Quality Management District volatile organic compound (VOC) limits, which are considered to be the most stringent in the world, and the interior wall coatings will undergo indoor air quality assessment.

InnovationPPG, customers benefit from chrome-free products

Our efforts to remove hexavalent chromium from various products benefit both PPG and our customers by eliminating special handling and disposal requirements and potential employee exposure to a known carcinogen. In 2018, we introduced a pretreatment technology free of hexavalent chromium that improves coating adhesion and corrosion protection on aircraft. It was the first product of its kind to be included on the U.S. Navy’s qualified products list.

InnovationIs that a plant in my paint?

A partnership with a PPG customer and supplier resulted in the first bio-based paint to receive a KOMO Quality certificate from SKH, an auditing company that certifies products mainly for the Dutch market. Although the new paint is produced from plants, it is chemically the same as oil-based paints and has no loss of quality. The paint is designed for use on exterior industrial wood.

InnovationIndustrial primer meets stringent VOC regulations

Introduced in 2018, PPG SPECTRACRON® 128 industrial shop primer is a fast-drying, low-VOC primer for steel substrates. The primer’s 2.8 pounds of VOCs per gallon (120 grams per liter) meet stringent environmental regulations, while its rust-inhibitive protection in corrosive environments helps extend product life. More »

InnovationPowder coating extends spring life, increases recyclability

PPG ENVIROCRON Extreme Protection powder coating is formulated without fiberglass, making it easy to reclaim and recycle compared to competitive products. The coating is formulated to provide superior chip resistance, offering a first line of defense against corrosion and extending the life of high-tensile automotive coil springs. More »

InnovationReformulated paint brings enduring sustainability

How do you make a market-leading interior paint better? By updating its formula to be low-VOC and free of alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEOs). In 2018, we relaunched our TAUBMANS Endure Interior paint into the Australian and New Zealand markets. The reformulated product reduces odor and has VOC levels of 1.4 ounces per square foot (15 grams per liter). Its high serviceability and anti-bacterial and anti-mold properties mean fewer repaints and lower consumption of non-renewable resources over the lifetime of the product. More »

InnovationThe whole sustainability package

The lightweight pouch package and super-concentrated formula for our OLYMPIC SmartGuard multi-surface waterproofer deliver a sustainability trifecta – decreased energy consumption, resource use and waste. We anticipate the product will reduce fuel consumption by 4.25 percent, tree consumption for pallets by 3.92 percent and stretch wrap usage by 13 miles (21 kilometers) compared to traditional stains. The sealer earned a 2018 R&D® 100 award in the mechanical devices/materials category. More »

Lead Commitment

We do not use lead as an ingredient in our consumer paints and coatings anywhere in the world. We have proactively eliminated lead from all new formulations for a number of years and will not use lead in new formulations in the future. We also develop plans to eliminate lead from products that become part of our portfolio through acquisitions as part of our integration process.

We are committed to eliminating lead from the small quantity of non-consumer coatings formulations that remain in our portfolio by 2020. These non-consumer products, which comprise less than 1 percent of our entire portfolio, include lead solely to meet the unique specifications of certain customers.

At the end of 2018, we had eliminated 91 percent of the non-consumer products that previously contained lead. We are on track to eliminate production of the remaining lead-containing products by the end of 2019.

One example of our efforts in this area is within our global protective and marine coatings business, which eliminated lead from the manufacture of all product formulations in 2016. Our other non-consumer-facing businesses are following a similar path to meet the 2020 lead-free goal.