Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co. and Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries Inc. announced the companies are partnering with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on projects that are part of Dow’s Official Carbon Partnership with the IOC and Dow’s Sustainable Future Program.
The agreement is one of several projects under the Official Carbon Partnership with the IOC. Initiated in 2017 to balance the operational carbon footprint of the IOC and others, the partnership encourages organizations outside the Olympics to adopt programs for reducing carbon emissions while catalyzing change across value chains.
The collaboration aims to deliver reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions though improved coatings for commercial and industrial buildings, infrastructure such as bridges and marine vessels, while helping to lessen costs associated with structural metal corrosion.
“From the skyscrapers that shape our skylines, to the bridges that connect our roads in the transportation networks, to marine vessels that transport goods and people, steel is the backbone of modern society,” said Dr. Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi, circular economy market director at Dow and global technology and sustainability director at Dow Olympic and sports solutions. “As a leading materials science company, we can offer solutions that help extend the life span of infrastructure and reduce the environmental impact of steel manufacturing and maintenance over the long-term. Together with PPG, supported by the Dow-IOC Official Carbon Partnership, we are providing paint and coating formulators with the ability to offer architects and property developers a next-generation steel coating solution that encourages partners across the value chain to adopt technologies with a lower carbon impact.”
“Through this collaboration, we’re combining PPG and Dow expertise to drive measurable change through carbon mitigation projects,” said Christopher Welch, PPG global business development director, protective and marine coatings. “Together, we have the common goal of protecting one of the world’s strongest building materials, while contributing to a more sustainably built environment for the future.”
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