Commitment to Sustainability
Commitment to Sustainability
PPG Fiber Glass is committed to being a leader in the fiberglass industry by finding “green” solutions that help improve sustainability in operations and product offerings.
PPG fiberglass is being used in energy markets, both traditional and renewal. Wind turbine blades and nacelles are made with HYBON® Direct Roving fiberglass, and PPG is researching the potential for using fiberglass in wind tower structures. Fiberglass scrubbers and stack liners aid in maintaining the structural integrity of coal stacks, while fiberglass bag houses help to filter air before its release into the atmosphere. Other solutions for air and water filtration also help to protect the environment. Also, the corrosion resistance and light weight of fiber glass helps increase the lifespan of gas and oil pipelines and makes them easier and more cost-efficient to transport.
The switch from using higher cost, heavier products such as aluminum and steel to using fiberglass and other composites helps make automobiles more fuel efficient. TUFROV® Long Fiber Thermoplastic (LFT) roving is being used in injection molding to make vehicles lighter, reducing the amount of fuel consumed.
The Hoogezand facility implemented a recycling system, which reduces the use of raw materials while conserving energy in the glass melting process, helping to preserve natural resources, reduce transportation costs and decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills. PPG Fiber Glass has also reduced emissions by converting its furnaces to using oxygen-fuel combustion in the early 1990s. Further conversion to oxygen-fuel combustion furnaces is currently underway.
Building on the high strength-to-weight ratio and corrosion-resistant qualities of fiberglass, PPG Fiber Glass is committed to finding new ways its products can help make the world greener.
Sustainability at PPGWhat is PPG’s approach to sustainability?
For us, it has two elements. Sustainability is first and foremost about being a successful business. We do what we do in order to ensure the success and lasting presence of our company for the benefit of our customers, our suppliers, our shareholders, our employees and our neighbors. But, we also act in a way that not coincidentally helps to ensure the life and resilience of our economies, our environment and our society. We believe that these two views of sustainability – sustaining PPG and sustaining the world – are not mutually exclusive, but are very compatible.
Learn more about PPG’s dedication to sustainability.2011 Corporate Sustainability Report Update
Download the 2011 CSR Update (PDF 4.7MB)View the 2011 CSR update (Flash version)2010 Corporate Sustainability ReportDownload the 2010 Corporate Sustainability Report (PDF 8MB)
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