AGC Glass Europe will produce a float glass range by the end of 2022 that features a reduced carbon footprint of less than 7 kg of CO2 per m2 for clear glass (4 mm thick). The move is part of AGC’s roadmap to carbon neutrality, the company says.
The new range will reduce the carbon emission generated during the production of flat glass by more than 40%.
“Our first low-carbon glass range is a key milestone in AGC’s carbon reduction roadmap,” says Davide Cappellino, president of Architectural Glass Europe & Americas Co. “We are happy to offer our customers a glass which, from the extraction of raw materials to final installation, generates around 40% less CO2 than our standard glass. This is a major reduction and a big step towards carbon neutrality in the construction sector.”
According to AGC, it is taking a holistic approach to sustainably producing low-carbon glass. This includes:
- Sustainable sourcing of raw materials
- Use of highly efficient melting furnaces
- Increased use of cullet (recycled glass)
- Use of green energy sources
- Optimization of transport between group sites for finishing processes
- Optimization of transport for finished products
AGC says that its production plant in Moustier, Belgium, will be the first company plant to produce low-carbon glass. AGC will then transfer its low-carbon strategy to other sites, starting with the Seingbouse plant in France in early 2023.
The glass will be processed into AGC’s key ranges of glazing products, such as safety glass, thermal insulation glass and solar control glass.