Belgium

Green Plant That Manufactures Environmental Products Contribution through an LCA-Based Approach

AGC Glass Europe (AGC Glass Company: Europe)'s Moustier Plant in Belgium manufactures environmental products through highly energy-efficient processes to contributes to the solution of climate change issues through an LCA*1-based approach.
The plant is ideally situated near the Sambre River and the plant has been promoting transportation by ship, which contributes to reducing the environmental impact of the plant's transportation activities.

*1 A life cycle assessment (LCA) is the method to evaluate the environmental impact of a product throughout its entire life cycle, from the exploitation of resources, production, transportation, use, collection, and recycling, to disposal.

Moustier Plant
AGC Glass Europe, AGC Glass Company:Europe

Located in Wallonia, Namur, Belgium
Founded in 1883
Manufacturer of architectural glass, automotive glass, and transparent conductive oxide-coated glass substrates for photovoltaic devices

Trends in Europe

EU has set up a target called "20-20-20" meaning a reduction of the energy use and greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions by 20% below 1990 level, and having 20% of renewable energy by the year 2020. For this target, "The Climate and Energy Package" was agreed by European Commission and it is including for the industry covered by the European Emission Trading System (EU ETS), a reduction of its GHG emissions by 21% below the 2005 level in 2020. Moreover, the regulation regarding energy consumption of building is reinforced in order to promote increased insulation and generation of electricity through photovoltaic panels. Disclosure of the carbon footprint of articles and goods also becomes important. We will be in the near future documented through life cycle analyses (LCA) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD).

The AGC Glass Europe (AGC Glass Company: Europe)'s Initiatives

In line with AGC Glass Company's policies on climate change issues, AGC Glass Europe is implementing the Going Green campaign to foster energy conservation. This campaign is intended to promote the development of products that can contribute to the solution of climate change issues in addition to increasing the energy efficiency of the company's production and transportation processes and fostering energy conservation in its individual departments. The Moustier Plant, which is located near the Sambre River in Wallonia, is promoting transportation by ship while tackling climate change issues by increasing the energy efficiency of both its production processes and products in cooperation with the engineering department and the nearby European R&D Center.

Manufacturing both highly energy-efficient glass and products for photovoltaic devices on the same line

The Moustier Plant manufactures both low-emissivity (Low-E) double-glazing glass that offers very good thermal insulation properties and transparent conductive oxide (TCO)-coated glass substrates on the same production line. At the line, where glass substrates are manufactured and coated in an integrated manner, Low-E glass and TCO-coated glass substrate-products that contribute to the solution of climate change issues—can be manufactured in a very efficient manner. The Low-E glass named "Planibel A," which began to be manufactured at the plant in 2010, meets the standards necessary to be ranked at the highest level in the Window Energy Ratings (WER) implemented in the United Kingdom and indeed provides excellent energy conservation performance. TCO-coated glass substrates are used as electrodes for thin-film silicon photovoltaic devices and serve as conductive material to derive electric energy from sunlight, and are highly valued by customers.

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