Cradle to cradle
One of our priorities is to maximise the energy efficiency of our glass production facilities. For our float glass furnaces, we take a global approach based research and the exchange of best practices within the AGC Group. AGC Glass Europe was the first glassmaker in Europe to introduce a combustion method that yields significant energy savings.
AGC Glass Europe is a leader in coated glasses. This type of glass directly helps to reduce energy consumption: superinsulating coatings save energy used for heating, while solar control coatings save energy used for air conditioning.
AGC Glass Europe’s environmental policy has two main objectives:
- develop new products that deliver improved environmental performance throughout their entire lifetime, including the recycling stage;
- implement production processes that help to preserve the environment by using the cleanest technologies currently available.
Remaking the way we make things
For the next step in our environmental policy we joined forces with McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) , a consultancy founded in 1995 by architect and designer William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart. They developed the Cradle to Cradle concept and now help clients to incorporate the Cradle to Cradle framework into their products, operations and organisations to eliminate the concept of waste by promoting innovative design.
MBDC emphasizes the following 3 points:
- Products & Materials - selecting safe and recyclable/biodegradable materials, designing a product for recyclability
- Operations use safe process chemicals, maximize renewable energy use, minimize carbon/water footprint, create a healthy workplace
- Organization adopting and pursuing an eco-effective vision, creating governance structures that are both top-down and bottom-up to maximize the full value of staff skills and perspectives
The Cradle to Cradle philosophy follows simple principles:
One of the guiding principles of the Cradle to Cradle philosophy is "Waste = Food". All materials that are 'end-of-life' in one product can be used to create another product. Products should be developed in systems where every ingredient is safe and beneficial – either biodegradable or fully recyclable into materials for subsequent product generations.
For more information, also visit: http://www.c2ccertified.org
Green products for green buildings
LEED is a green building certification program that promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability.
The LEED certification program emphasizes on the following categories:
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy amp; Atmosphere
- Material amp; Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Innovation in Design
- Regional Priority
By actively using Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Products, architects, designers and specifiers are eligible for LEED points in the "Innovation in Design" category, leading to a higher ranking for green building certification.
Cradle to cradle certification
Through certification, organisations can become entitled to use the Cradle to Cradle mark. Redesigning products, company management and production processes is the only way to do it right.
There are four levels of achievement in the certification: basic, silver, gold and platinum.
AGC is the first and only European flat glass manufacturer to obtain Cradle to Cradle certification, achieving the silver level for its float glass and magnetron coated glass, its main decorative glass ranges Lacobel, Matelac, Matelux and Mirox, as well as its laminated ranges Stratobel and Stratophone
Organisations can only obtain Cradle to Cradle certification if they:
- Use materials that are safe for human health and the environment
- Design products and systems that allow material recovery and reutilization, such as recycling or composting
- Use renewable energy and energy-efficient production
- Make effiicient use of water resulting in maximum water quality after production
- Implement strategies for social responsibility