Our lives and lifestyles are very much dependent on the bountifulness of nature, which stems from ecosystems and biodiversity. We believe conserving biodiversity is synonymous with conserving the natural capital that forms the basis of daily life and business activities. In other words, a loss of natural capital and biodiversity would jeopardize our ability to continue conducting day-to-day life and business.
In addition, the Group believes that minimizing all of its environmental impacts directly affects the conservation of biodiversity, given that all global environmental problems, such as climate change, water risks, resource depletion, and environmental pollution, have a negative impact on biodiversity. It is our belief that the conservation of biodiversity can be achieved by carrying out environmental activities at a range of levels.
Using Cullet to Protect Tidal Flats Rich in Biodiversity
During manufacturing processes, our glass business generates glass waste called cullet. Cullet is mainly recycled as a raw material for asphalt. However, by converting cullet into artificial silica sand, the AGC Takasago Factory is helping regenerate tidal flats through the creation of artificial tidal flats.
With the decrease in the number of tidal flats and a renewed appreciation of their value, many regions have begun attempts to regenerate their tidal flats in recent years. One method of regeneration is the creation of artificial tidal flats, which are designed to cover the seabed with clean sand to reduce the elution of nutrient salts from the seabed, supply oxygen that purifies water, and restore biodiversity.
To use cullet as silica sand for tidal flats, the removal of sharp edges so that people and animals can step on it without being injured and conformity with standards on water-bottom sediment are necessary. Therefore, the cullet that the Takasago Factory generates is only used in artificial tidal flats after being made edgeless through the use of a milling machine and passing elution tests.
The aforementioned activities are being promoted as a verified technology by the Ministry of the Environment’s Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program. For an overview of the ETV Program,
Contributing through Products
ACLESYA, Our Highly Reactive Neutralizing Agent for Exhaust Gas Treatment
ACLESYA is an acid gas neutralizing agent that uses highly reactive granulated sodium bicarbonate. The agent is particularly effective in reacting with SO3 and is a counteragent for colored smoke. Moreover, our product is an easy-to-use chemical agent with good fluidity and is extremely safe. Through ACLESYA, we are helping to keep the sky blue!
- Treatment of trash incineration exhaust gas
- Treatment of heavy oil-fired boiler exhaust gas
- Power plant facilities (heavy oil combustion)