These certifications except insulating glass were renewed in 2016 for two years under the more stringent version 3 of C2C. For our insulating glass, we were newly certified directly under the version 3; we are excited of this new certification and through this AGC again demonstrates its commitment to constantly improving the environmental performance of its products.
Under the certification program, a product receives an achievement level in each category — Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum — with the lowest achievement level representing the product’s overall mark. Version 3 incorporates a number of changes, structural as well fundamental wherein existing criteria were toughened and new criteria were added in each of the five categories.
The higher standards prompted AGC to intensify its efforts at all levels, especially for float glass, where major investments have been made in the Renewable Energy & Carbon Management Strategy. About our Float Glass recertification under Version 3, Matteo Kausch, Director of Technical Development, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, had this to say: "I would like to congratulate AGC on recertifying AGC Float Glass at the Silver level under version 3. I know this was a long and challenging process, but it also represents a significant accomplishment. No other product with such an energy-intensive manufacturing process has managed to achieve this so far (…)."
C2C certification for an insulating glass product involves many more stakeholders than other glass products, because of the complexity of the product (e.g. spacer, sealants, adhesives, …). AGC is the first glassmaker to have undergone this process, which includes dozens of suppliers and 40 AGC plants active in the manufacturing process.