The Gold Level E3 Awards recognize an organization’s exceptional achievements in, and ongoing commitment to, environmental stewardship. Highlights of the Delaware plant’s environmental initiatives include:
A comprehensive environmental management system that is certified to the ISO 14001:2004 standard;
Environment-related awareness training for employees;
Rapid-improvement workshops to mitigate environmental risks;
Performance compensation that includes three targets based on environmental stewardship;
A 13 percent reduction in hazardous waste to landfill and a 59 percent reduction in non-hazardous waste to landfill since 2012;
A 2.7 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity from a 2012 baseline; and
An 82 percent increase in recycled materials since 2012.
“At PPG, we are committed to manufacturing products in a responsible manner while reducing our environmental footprint,” said Tom Yurick, PPG environment, health and safety manager for the Delaware plant. “We are very proud to earn an E3 award for our efforts, which are successful due to the dedication and commitment of our people to do what’s right for the environment.”
Earlier this year, the plant received a 2016 Award for Excellence from the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council for a project that increased its recycled materials by 63 percent in 2015. This diverted an additional 24 metric tons of materials from the landfill.