The Environment: Material Issues

Material Issues for the AGC Group

The AGC Group has introduced a CSR Monitoring Framework based on ISO 26000. Accordingly, the Group provides information for stakeholders via its CSR Website and other means, reporting on its targets and results in connection with the material issues specified in the Matrix of CSR Issues designated in this monitoring framework, namely “Issues for which a framework is to be developed and a commitment made to society”.

The AGC Group has examined the materiality of each issue by corresponding to Related Actions and Expectations of ISO 26000, and designated selected material issues to correspond to the ISO 26000 core subjects of the Environment. The reasons for selecting these material issues are as follows.

Material Issues Corresponding to the ISO 26000 Core Subject of the Environment

Issue Related actions and expectations
Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Identify the sources of direct and indirect GHG emissions and define the scope of its responsibility
  • Measure, record and report on its significant GHG emissions, preferably using methods defined in internationally agreed standards
  • Implement measures to reduce the direct and indirect GHG emissions within its sphere of influence
  • Realize energy savings by purchasing of energy efficient goods and development of energy efficient products

Reasons for Selection of Material Issues

The demands and expectations of society regarding corporate initiatives to deal with climate change issues is rising, to the extent that corporations are being requested to disclose their strategies for climate change and their specific amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

The AGC Group belongs to a business category that uses a relatively large amount of natural resources and energy. Accordingly, the Group considers its responsibility to reduce GHG emissions and energy usage.

Management Approach (Organizational Management Methods)

The AGC Group builds effective management systems and promotes efforts regarding material issues based on shared Group policies.

Related Policies, Rules and Regulations

Promotion Systems

Results of 2015 Activities

The following charts show the AGC Group’s 2015 results, self-evaluation, and 2016 targets in connection with its material issues. For detailed information on each activity and other initiatives related to the Environment, please refer to the respective Web pages (accessible via the links in the upper right).

Criteria for Self-evaluation

A: Satisfactory level, in which the intended target has been achieved
B: Almost satisfactory level, in which a part of the intended target has not yet been achieved and some issues still remain
C: Unsatisfactory level, in which the intended target has not been achieved

2015 targets 2015 major initiative results Self-
evaluation
2016 targets
Contributions through business initiatives regarding environmental and energy issues   B
(Note 1)
Contributions through business initiatives regarding environmental and energy issues
  • Promote activities to lower the level of the AGC Environmental Indicator for greenhouse gases to 1.3 or less
  • By 2015, reduce energy use per unit area of main offices in Japan, Europe and the Americas by 25% compared to 2011 levels.
  • Promote the development and supply of energy-saving and energy-creating products based on the slogan that the AGC Group, through its products, will enable avoidance of over six times AGC Group’s own annual CO2 emissions in 2020.
  • The AGC Environmental Indicator for greenhouse gases was 2.0
    (1.8 in FY2014)
  • Reduced energy use per unit area of main offices in Japan, Europe and the Americas by 30% from 2011 levels
  • Highlighted the benefits of energy-saving and energy-creating products in developing countries through JCM (bilateral credit) and other means
  • Promote activities to lower the level of the AGC Environmental Indicator for greenhouse gases to 1.3 or less.
  • Promote use of cullet (excluding products derived from the glass melting process) as a raw material to reduce CO2 emissions by 175,000t by 2020
  • Make progress in measures for energy-saving and GHG reduction, develop and supply energy-saving and energy-creating products
  • (Note 1) Reason for "B" Grade: The AGC Environmental Indicators increased in comparison to 2014

Major Achievements in 2015

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