The AGC Group is working to reduce the environmental impact of in-house production processes and evaluate and reduce the environmental impact across the entire life cycle of the Group's products, including the collection of raw materials, product distribution, use and disposal.
The Group also formulated a corporate slogan for CO2 emissions, pledging to reduce them by six times the volume of CO2 emissions produced during manufacturing, achievable through energy-saving and energy-creating manufactured goods. Moreover, the Group will continue to exercise responsible care in its management of chemical substances. In addition, the Group provides information on product life cycles through its in-house standards for environmentally friendly products, the “AGC Group's Environmental Product Guidelines,” which includes rankings of products based on their eco-friendly performance.
AGC Glass Europe
In order to establish a global key performance indicator (KPI) related to its CO2 emissions, AGC Glass Europe (AGEU) first calculated the carbon footprint associated with the company and its products at the manufacturing and usage stages in 2010, based on data from 2009. It determined that the amount of CO2 emissions that could be avoided through the use of AGEU products was between seven to nine times more than the CO2 emitted from manufacturing processes of those products.
In 2014, AGEU updated its calculations based on data from 2012. It determined that about 3.2 million tons of CO2 was emitted from the manufacturing processes of its products, including the production of raw materials and transportation of raw materials and products. Meanwhile, around 31 million tons of CO2 emissions could be effectively circumvented through the usage of AGEU products, including insulating glass, architectural glass, solar panel glass and automotive glass. In other words, per every ton of CO2 emitted from manufacturing these products, almost 10 times the amount could be saved by using them instead of conventional glass products.
In 2016, the carbon footprint will be updated with data from 2015. Calculations are expected to be finalized by the end of the year.
By providing information on products' environmental impact throughout their life cycle, the Group enables consumers and users to preferentially purchase eco-friendly products. And while the Group continues to produce and sell environmental products, it also seeks third party certification for products it considers eco-friendly.
For example, AGC Glass Europe (AGEU) has begun to voluntarily issue environment-related third party certifications (Environmental Product Declarations, EPD)on some products.
AGC Asia Pacific
Singapore Green Building Council certificates for AGC products
AGC Asia Pacific (AAP) became the first glass supplier in Singapore to have its products certified as Singapore Green Building Products. The Singapore Green Building Council certified a total of 11 AGC Group’s products under the Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) labelling scheme, through which the environmental performance of building products is assessed based on a framework in the fields of energy efficiency, water efficiency, resource efficiency, health and environmental protection, and other green features.
AAP received a rating of “Excellent” for its products, making them attractive solutions for construction firms involved in constructing environmentally conscious buildings in Singapore. Moreover, since SGBP certification is recognized by the Building and Construction Authority, SGBP labelled products can be used by builders to accrue points under Singapore’s Green Mark building rating system.
AAP participated in the Singapore Green Building Council’s technical task force committee from 2014 to 2015, and has been actively involved in several initiatives led by the organization, which advocates the use of green building design and technologies. Looking forward, AAP intends to remain active in the construction industry to promote the newly certified products.
AGC Glass Europe
Cradle to Cradle Certificate for Stratobel and Stratophone
In 2013, the AGC Glass Europe (AGEU) laminated glass products Stratobel and Stratophone earned the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Silver certificate. The Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM products standard recognizes achievements in promoting safe and healthy materials, material reutilization, renewable energy, water stewardship, and social fairness. When AGEU was first certified in 2010 for its float glass and coated glass products, it was the first glass manufacturer in Europe to obtain this kind of environmental certification. The Silver level certificates for float glass, coated glass and decorative glass were also successfully renewed in 2013.
Since Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM products are subject to a transparent and comprehensive assessment, a growing number of architects, builders and consumers prefer them. For example, AGEU supplied its glass products for Park 2020, a working environment with C2C philosophy, in the Netherlands thanks to the fact that the products were certified by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Certified products are also eligible for certification credits under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, and therefore, can help buildings gain higher certification ratings.