AGC underlines sustainability commitment

AGC Glass Europe says it is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, but in the meantime, the Group has set itself an interim milestone of reducing its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 30% by 2030, compared to 2019.

To meet these goals, AGC has been accelerating initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of its production processes and has released new, third-party verified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for its standard float glass and a new third-party verified EPD for its Low-Carbon Glass.

For Planibel Clearlite (standard float glass), the new assessment of the products’ lifecycle highlights a reduction of the Global Warming Potential (GWP) value from 11.6 kg CO2 eq/m² in 2019 to 10.3 kg* CO2 eq/m², as expressed for 4mm float glass.

The Planibel Clearlite third-party verified EPD reportedly features the lowest GWP value Europe-wide for standard clear float glass.

AGC’s Low-Carbon Glass also features a reduced Global Warming Potential of 5.5 kg* CO2 eq/m² as expressed for 4mm float glass, representing a significant reduction compared to standard float glass.

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, AGC has applied a holistic approach across its entire value chain. Low-Carbon Glass’s recycled content, for example, is above 50% and it is produced with sustainably sourced raw materials in highly efficient melting furnaces with electro-boosting and renewable energy.

Transport between Group sites for finishing processes has also been optimised.

AGC says that architects and specifiers can use the EPD documents to help make informed choices when developing more sustainable buildings.

According to AGC, its Low-Carbon Glass looks identical to and delivers exactly the same technical performance as standard AGC float glass. It is available in different product ranges and thicknesses and can be assembled in DGUs and TGUs.

One of AGC’s main objectives is to use as much recycled glass (cullet) as possible in its production processes. Using larger quantities of cullet makes it possible to reduce direct CO2 emissions since cullet requires less energy to melt and replaces higher-carbon emitting virgin raw materials.

To source larger quantities of cullet and help reduce its GHG emissions, AGC has launched its Recycle Glass service, which collects flat glass waste from industry as well as from renovation and demolition projects (end-of-life glazing) for recycling in flat glass production.

For end-of-life glazing, AGC says that it works with a network of partners to guarantee that the cullet is of sufficiently high quality for recycling.

Low-Carbon Glass and Recycle Glass are said to be closely linked, as the Recycle Glass programme supports the need for recycled materials in the production of Low-Carbon Glass.