Colleagues Across Europe Inspire Sustainable Change
Sustainability goes beyond product innovation and operations to extend into communities where our colleagues live and work. Throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), that recently translated in an array of ecological activities, focusing on zero waste, energy conservation and education.
The activities coincided with EU Green Week 2019, an annual effort sponsored by the European Commission that highlights environmental concerns across the European Union.
Sustainability Workshops in Czech Republic
In Brno, Czech Republic, activities included sustainability and recycling workshops that highlighted simple ways to reduce waste and keep items out of landfills.
Employees also screened documentaries that examined climate change from various perspectives, took time to learn more about our eco-friendly coatings and increased their knowledge of the initiatives that are reducing PPG’s carbon footprint.
Clothes Recycling Workshop in Brno
Whether we’re manufacturing lightweight automotive coatings that improve fuel efficiencies or simply reusing our grocery bags, our actions matter. Green Week is a chance to remind ourselves that we all play a part in maintaining the health of our communities, no matter how small it may be.
Petter Frisell, PPG finance Shared Services Center director, Brno, Czech Republic
Green Quizzes in France
In France, employees at the Automotive OEM and Industrial coatings site in Saultain engaged in discussions about sustainability related to food production and tested their knowledge through ‘green quizzes’. Colleagues in Quattordio, Italy, hosted roundtable meetings for area companies that focused on the link between sustainability and community engagement.
‘Green quizzes’ in Saultain
Saving Energy in England & Supporting Scouts in Greece
Further north, Architectural Coatings site in Birstall, England, went heat-free during a long holiday weekend, reducing energy consumption and its related costs. In Greece, employees received small plants to take home and supported local scouts during a town square beautification project.
Green Initiative in Greece