PPG Industries participated in a U.S. Department of Energy webcast yesterday to help fellow companies in the agency’s Save Energy Now LEADER program implement energy projects after an energy assessment. The presentation was delivered by Jeff Yigdall, PPG director of engineering and international business and chairman of the PPG energy and greenhouse gas team.

Content focused on the following areas:

  • Integrating energy project initiatives into an existing corporate culture;
  • Budgeting, planning, prioritizing and implementing energy projects;
  • Preparing cost/benefit analyses;
  • Allocating resources for short- and long-term projects;
  • Establishing benchmarks to measure and promote success; and
  • Completing a financial analysis and developing supporting documentation.

Save Energy Now is a national initiative that aims to drive a reduction of 25 percent or more in industrial energy intensity in ten years. LEADER companies, such as PPG, sign a voluntary pledge to reduce their facilities’ energy intensity by 25 percent in ten years.

In December 2007, PPG set a goal to reduce its total energy intensity by 25 percent from 2006 to 2016, and it is currently on track to meet this goal. The company joined the Save Energy Now LEADER program in December 2009.

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