PPG’s Renewable Energy Plan to Cut Carbon Footprint at Michigan Facility by 2,400 Metric Tons
As part of its goal aimed at increasing energy efficiency, and reducing its carbon footprint, Pittsburgh based PPG has signed a 12-year agreement with Constellation Energy Corporation for the provision of renewable energy to PPG’s Adrian, Michigan facility which is due to start operations in 2024.
According to PPG the agreement should cut the company’s carbon footprint by about 2,400 metric tons per year, an amount which it reports equals the amount of emissions released by 530 gasoline passenger vehicles that have been driven for a year.
PPG reports that according to the terms of the agreement the Adrian facility, which is to manufacture adhesives and sealants for automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEM), is to be provided with about 3,500 megawatt hours of renewable energy every year. This will be supplied by Swift Current Energy’s Double Black Diamond Solar Energy Project, which is expected to begin before 2022 ends. The project will also provide renewable energy certificates (REC ) for specific projects.
PPG reports that while the agreement forms part of its drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to lower their impact on climate change, it is not the first or only footstep the company has taken in that direction.
It has already committed itself to the Science Based Target Initiative’s goal for creating new greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, and has recently launched a high-efficiency power-generation facility at its OEM manufacturing facility in Italy, and hopes to do the same at more of its PPG operations in over 75 countries.