Published: June 26, 2019
Published: June 26, 2019

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.

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.

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.