The AGC Group’s environmental policy has two interlinked objectives. To be at the forefront of developing new products with the best environmental performance during their lifetime, and to manufacture these products using the best available technologies from an ecological point of view, in order to minimize the impact on the environment.
Large amounts of energy are needed to produce glass and chemicals. Therefore, with a keen awareness of the impact its manufacturing operations have on the environment, the AGC Group is working to optimize its ecological footprint by reducing the energy consumption of its production activities.
While the company’s projections for annual CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions are around 13 million tons in 2020, a reduction of 80 million tons of CO2 emissions is also forecast, allowed through actions for energy generation and creating energy-saving products.
The AGC group strives to reduce industrial wastewater pollution in production by minimizing its metal emissions.
All plants have wastewater treatment equipment and limit or replace toxic substances used in the production of mirrors.
There is also an effort to ensure that reuse water is used in the manufacturing process, so that the consumption of this natural resource is as low as possible.
The AGC Group “looks beyond” in order to contribute to a sustainable society in harmony with nature. To fully assess its environmental footprint, the group has developed an integrated approach embedded in the framework of production processes, product innovation and services.
The product management strategy considers the results of the product lifecycle analysis, following a Cradle to Cradle approach.
Glass is a highly sustainable material, 100% recyclable and can go through the recycling process almost infinitely, as long as it does not suffer from contamination.
AGC reuses the glass shards generated by the manufacturing process and encourages customers, partners and consumers to recycle glass.