The AGC Group states in its Basic Environmental Policy that it will give consideration to the influence of its activities on the natural environment including biological diversity. In April 2010 a document titled Consideration for Biodiversity was created, which shared important criteria on biodiversity in the course of business activities across the AGC Group. AGC Asahi Glass is also a promotion partner for the Declaration of Biodiversity by Nippon Keidanren.
Additionally, the AGC Group is also engaged in forestation activities, including planting trees in Thailand and Indonesia, and promotes the use of paper that contributes to sound forest management by thinning in Japan.
AGC Glass Brazil
Surveying the local ecosystem
As Brazil’s economic growth continues, the consumption of natural resources is accelerating, and coping with environmental issues has become an urgent task. When constructing its plant, AGC Glass Brazil implemented activities to lighten the burden on the surrounding ecosystem.
Specifically, in 2011, the company launched the Recuperation of Vegetation and Wildlife Preservation project, in which the company worked with local authorities to survey the surrounding ecosystem before construction began.
Because construction involved not only tree removal but the deviation of a river, the intent of the program was to reestablish the resources for fauna, capture and relocate wildlife to safer areas, minimize forest fragmentation, maintain soil permeability, and protect water quality. During this survey, it was discovered that an endangered Brazilian Rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) tree was growing at the site, and it was subsequently transplanted to a safe location, while the afforestation of the area around the plant is also under way.
AGC Group (Asia including Japan)
Simple pallets that can be used repeatedly
Empty pallets compactly stacked together upon their return
AGC Group (Asia including Japan) has introduced a returnable steel pallet known as a “simple pallet” for importing and transporting raw glass for automotive products. The AGC Group independently developed the pallet as a packaging method replacing conventional wooden transportation boxes, and introduced in 2000.
Since the pallet’s introduction, the Group has systematically expanded the area in which it is used, which at present encompasses all regions of Southeast Asia, as well as China. Excluding specially shaped products, the simple pallet is used for almost all products. In 2015, the simple pallet was used in approximately 98.5% of exports from and imports to Japan between Group companies. By continuing to use the pallets, the Group plans to reduce lumber use and contribute to the preservation of biodiversity.
AGC Group (Japan)
AGC Report 2016
Some 70% of Japan's land area is covered by forest, of which about 40% are artificial forests. Many of the artificial forests are left untended due to the lack of funds for thinning, and vital forest functions, including CO2 absorption through photosynthesis, watershed protection, prevention of sediment runoff and protection of wild birds and animals, are deteriorating.
Office Chonai-Kai, an environmental NPO, is implementing the Mori no Chonai-Kai (Forest Neighborhood Association) project to promote thinning and the use of thinned wood. Supporting companies agree to purchase paper that contributes to sound forest management by thinning at prices higher than those of similar paper available on the market, thereby helping to foster the use of thinned wood and indirectly contributing to sustaining sound forests.
The AGC Group is a regular purchaser and user of this paper produced by the Mori no Chonai-Kai, based on the Group's Basic Environmental Policy, which gives consideration to the influence of its activities on the natural environment, including biodiversity. In 2015, the Group used the paper for external printed matter, such as the AGC report, and for employees’ business cards and internal information tools such as pamphlets within the Group, resulting in approximately 5 tons of total usage. This brings the total usage to 187 tons thus far, which is the equivalent of about 13.1 ha in terms of thinned area (or approximately three Tokyo Domes—a baseball stadium in Tokyo, Japan).