Emissions

 

G4-EN15 Direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 1)

 
Trends in Greenhouse gas emissions rates per 100 lb produced are included in graph form on page 43 of the Corporate Social Responsibility Report . Also refer to the Corporate Social Responsibility Report Metrics Summary .
 
Additional data are also reported through the Carbon Disclosure Project.
 

G4-EN16 Energy indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 2)

 
Trends in Greenhouse gas emissions rates per 100 lb produced are included in graph form on page 43 of the Corporate Social Responsibility Report . Also refer to the Corporate Social Responsibility Report Metrics Summary .
 
Additional data are also reported through the Carbon Disclosure Project.
 

G4-EN18 Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity

 
Trends in Greenhouse gas emissions rates per 100 lb produced are included in graph form on page 43 of the Corporate Social Responsibility Report . Also refer to the Corporate Social Responsibility Report Metrics Summary .
 

G4-EN19 Reduction of Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

 
Sherwin-Williams has set a goal to reduce carbon intensity emissions by 20% by 2016 from a base year of 2007.
 
Sherwin-Williams has also been voluntarily participating in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) since reporting year 2005. The CDP requests its participants report their global GHG inventories from their activities, based upon stated boundaries. Additionally, the CDP asks that respondents answer a questionnaire designed to provide transparent information about GHG-related risks and opportunities, corporate governance and climate change communications.
 
Sherwin-Williams is committed to the effective and efficient use of energy throughout our operations. Using environmentally responsible practices, Sherwin-Williams will promote energy efficiency by evaluating new technology, optimizing current processes and implementing programs that will focus on improvements in Safety, Quality, People, Service, and Cost.
 
Some of our energy saving initiatives include:
 
  • Participation in Department of Energy’s Save Energy Now Program
  • Partner in U.S. EPA's Climate Leaders Program
  • Lighting replacements
  • Upgrading equipment with higher efficiency units
  • Streamlined national distribution processes,
    • Utilizing sophisticated software to determine the most efficient distribution routes
    • Participating as an U.S. EPA SmartWay™ Transport Partner as a shipper/carrier
    • Improved packaging to eliminate unnecessary weight and volume of material being shipped
  • Boiler upgrades
  • Elimination of air leaks
  • Equipment idle scheduling
  • Programmable HVAC systems 

The Carbon Disclosure Project provides more information about this specific program.

 

G4-EN21    NOX, SOX, and other significant air emissions

 
Sherwin-Williams is committed to complying with all applicable regulations. Corporate personnel assist plants in calculating air emissions, compliance reporting, and preparing permit applications. Plant personnel perform and monitor day-to-day operations related to air quality management. Corporate regulatory personnel review product labeling and formulations to ensure that Sherwin-Williams’ products meet all local, state, and federal requirements.
 
Sherwin-Williams is not a significant source of NOx and SOx emissions.  The primary pollutants of concern for Sherwin-Williams are volatile organic compounds (VOC) and particulate mater.  Research and development are continuously developing new lower VOC products.  External VOC control devices (i.e. thermal oxidizer, regenerative thermal oxidizer, bio-filter) are in place at 12 major solvent and aerosol manufacturing facilities.  Dust collection and control is used where the manufacturing process involves handling a significant quantity of powders and dry pigments.  Operational controls and work practices are in place to reduce emissions at all manufacturing locations.  
 
Mercury is one of a group of metals subject to stringent control by the Sherwin-Williams Company. Raw material vendors are required to disclose even trace levels of metals in their supplied materials. No Sherwin-Williams facility has had reportable quantities of mercury air emissions.