Koppers Reports Achievements in Safety, Sustainability and Financial Performance


Protecting our infrastructure while preserving the environment is more than a tagline—it’s a key element of our sustainability strategy and how we can be a positive force for change for years to come.


At Koppers, we own our environmental responsibility every day.

Our goal is simple—transform our global infrastructure the right way. We know there is a delicate balance between operating successfully and the environmental footprint we inevitably leave behind. It's why we are actively engaged in our responsibility to the planet through the development of more sustainable products and environmentally friendly services.
Acting in response to the impacts of climate change is no longer optional—it's necessary. We've identified and are working toward sustainability milestones with measurable impact, including a 50% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions, minimizing waste from operations, and circularity-based solutions in both practice and innovation.
Our world has infinite possibilities, and the Koppers team understands its essential role in helping to make it a better planet for future generations.

Koppers 2022 Sustainability Report

Our sustainability strategy, initiatives, and accomplishments over the last year, on full display.

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Zero Harm Commitment

The core of our culture and a commitment made at all levels, Zero Harm means placing the health, safety, and well-being of our people, communities, and the environment first. And by keeping to this actionable guide, we do right by our planet through reducing our water consumption, waste production, emissions, and more.

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Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Recognizing and responding to the impact of climate change is no longer optional—it's necessary. We identify climate change regulations and climate-related risks, including adverse weather and natural disasters exacerbated by climate change, to take a proactive approach to preserving our future.

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Environmental Regulatory Compliance and Performance

We meet or exceed all current environmental regulations. Guided by our Zero Harm promise and Responsible Care RC14001® Management System, our facilities around the world are certified to the RC14001:2015 Technical Specification, which combines Responsible Care® and ISO 14001 to comprehensively encompass safety, health, environment, and security.

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We track, monitor, and review our water use, pollution, and waste generation with the goal to improve in these areas on an annual basis. We also report annually to ISS, EcoVadis, and CDP (Climate, Water, and Forests).

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Koppers Floating Wetlands

In 2020, floating wetlands were installed at our facility in Newsoms, VA, significantly improving the site's water quality. From food and shelter for local fish, frogs, and invertebrates to a habitat for pollinators, waterfowl, and songbirds, benefits also include reduced water temperatures, submerged weed growth, and carbon sequestering.

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