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
Sustainable resource use
  • Identify the sources of energy, water and other resources used
  • Measure, record and report on its significant uses of energy, water and other resources
  • Implement measures to reduce its use of energy, water and other resources

Reasons for Selection of Material Issues

As the world economy develops, resource procurement risks are becoming apparent on a global scale. Risks are particularly marked in energy and water procurement, and in rare metals, which are supplied by only a few regions.

The AGC Group belongs to a business category that uses a relatively large amount of natural resources and energy, as well as rare metals and other materials. Accordingly, it considers the importance of limiting the procurement and use of these resources.

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-
2016 targets
Promotion of sustainable resource use   A Promotion of sustainable resource use
  • Promote the use of cullet as raw material for glass in order to reduce CO2 emissions by 175,000 tons by 2020 (Note 1) through the use of glass cullet (excluding those generated in the glass melting process)

Set water-related mid- and long-term targets.

  • Achieved yearly target (175,000 tons) for reduction of CO2 emissions by 2020 through use of cullet (excluding products from the glass melting process) for the second consecutive year
  • Evaluated and defined the AGC Group's water-related risks
  • Set medium and long term goals for water conservation in each region and country
  • Achieve renewable resource utilization rate of 10% by 2020
  • (Note 1) Cullet can be melted with less energy than natural materials such as silica sand. This eliminates CO2 emissions from the raw material itself, leading to overall reduced CO2 emissions in the manufacturing process.

Major Achievements in 2015

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