Carbon Footprint of Glass Manufacturer: How glasses contribute to the mitigation of the climate change
- AGC Inc.
- AGC Glass Europe
AGC is a global material manufacturer extending its business into glass, electronics, chemicals and ceramics fields, with world-leading technologies and expertise developed over more than 110 years. This presentation given by the company demonstrates that a substantial amount of GHGs emissions are avoided by various types of glasses by introducing several applications in multiple fields. It gives an in-depth explanation on the methodology, examples, and software of the calculation of CO2 avoided by insulating glass units that AGC is currently performing. Also touched is the relevance with the “Guidelines for Quantifying GHG emission reductions of goods or services through Global Value Chain” by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
- Guy Van Marcke de Lummen, Sustainability & Product Stewardship Director, AGC Glass Europe Presentation (PDF, 2MB)
- Shuzo Katsumoto, Senior Manager, AGC Inc.
Mr. Guy Van Marcke de Lummen made a presentation on carbon footprint of AGC. He first introduced the methodology and perimeter, and then gave a detailed explanation on calculation of avoided CO2 by insulating glass units. Examples of application shown by him were not only buildings but also automotive windshields and solar related glass products. He concluded that CO2 emitted by all AGC Glass Europe activities was 3,780,000 tonnes, while CO2 avoided thanks to the use of AGC products during their life time was 30,760,000 tonnes.
Mr. Shuzo Katsumoto made several remarks on the "Guidelines for Quantifying GHG Emission Reductions of Goods or Services Through Global Value Chain" by the Minitry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. He concluded that AGC will keep contributing to mitigation of the climate change by developing various glasses with low carbon footprint such as the vacuum insulated glass, a new product recently announced by the company.
Carbon footprint calculation by AGC includes all sources of CO2 from natural resources extraction to end of life stage of the products. It is based on material & energy flow analysis, and is supported by Life Cycle Analyses of products, materials, and energy, taking into account a broad perimeter.
CO2 emitted by all AGC Glass Europe activities was 3,780,000 tonnes, while CO2 avoided thanks to the use of AGC products during their life time was 30,760,000 tonnes.
AGC carbon footprint is in alignment with the "Guidelines for Quantifying GHG Emission Reductions of Goods or Services Through Global Value Chain" by the Minitry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.