Glaston Minimizes Carbon Footprint by Shifting to Renewable Electricity

Glaston Corp. reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 43% in 2022 compared to 2021, say company officials. It achieved the decrease by shifting to the use of renewable electricity at production facilities in Finland and Germany and by investing in a new heat distribution system in Switzerland, according to the company.

At its Switzerland production facility, Glaston also installed close to 400 solar panels with a total capacity of over 150 kWp on the production unit’s roof. The solar panels have been producing energy for the factory’s own use since November 2022. Company officials plan to increase the number of solar panels this year.

“Sustainable business is one of the focus areas of our strategy,” says CEO Anders Dahlblom. “We took a significant step forward in 2022 by reaching our emissions reduction target of 50% early into the strategy period. Even though our emissions have decreased significantly, we will continue our work to reduce our emissions. Moreover, considering the nature of our business, most of the emissions relating to our operations are generated in our value chain. We have calculated the upstream and downstream climate impact of our value chains for 2021, and the results will be the foundation of our future work.”

In an effort to reduce its global footprint, Glaston has set a goal to reduce the direct and indirect emissions from its own operations in relation to net sales by 50% from the level of 2020 by 2025. As a result of its energy-efficient investments, officials say that Glaston has reduced greenhouse gas emissions in relation to net sales by 57% compared to 2020.

AGC and Saint-Gobain Partner to Reduce Emissions

AGC and Saint-Gobain have partnered to design a flat glass line that is expected to reduce direct CO2 emissions.

AGC officials explain that as part of the collaboration, its patterned glass production line in the Czech Republic will be refurbished into a high-performing line that aims to be 50% electrified and 50% fired by a combination of oxygen and gas.

Officials from Saint-Gobain say the development will pave the way for converting industrial flat glass lines to be powered mainly by low-carbon electricity. The new technology is expected to be implemented on AGC’s patterned glass line by the second half of 2024.

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