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AGC group objectives for 2020

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-20%
Reduce specific energy consumption

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-20%
Reduce specific greenhouse gas emissions

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-20%
Reduce specific water consumptions

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Zero
Waste to landfill

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Reduce
Reduced quantity of waste generated / resources inputted

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Green
Product design

 

The results obtained by AGC Glass Europe in 2017 for the energy consumption, GHG emissions, water consumption and waste disposal are presented in detail in our Environmental Achievements. At the Primary Operations level, a programme has been defined and a taskforce has been assigned to meet the requirements of the revised Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU (replacing the IPPC Directive) and to raise energy efficiency in production. Continuous improvement is the driving force of this programme. Within the Sustainability & Product Stewardship Department, supportive action programmes can be drawn up for group level, division level, and local activities that help to improve the environmental performance. At plant level, the efforts are determined by the environmental policy, environmental aspects and impacts in the plants as well as local legal requirements and policy.

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Our main emphasis for achieving the objectives

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All divisions and corporate services will successfully work on achieving the Group objectives by:

  • Improving the energy efficiency of their manufacturing processes or activities
  • Reducing the environmental impact of their manufacturing processes or activities
  • Certifying the environmental management systems
  • Enhancing “Green Purchasing” and environmental audits of suppliers
  • Making greater use of multimodal transportation
  • Increasing the environmental awareness at each level in the organisation.
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The R&D and Engineering activities will focus on:

  • Innovation in the manufacturing processes, in the aspects of energy, emissions and production efficiency
  • Developing and renewing products that save energy and contribute to sustainable development, such as coatings and photovoltaic products or applications
  • Research, trials and projects aimed at extending the possibilities for recycling of our products at the end of their life
  • Replacing of the hazardous substances in our processes and products, beyond what is required by legislation.
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The purchasing activities will focus on:

  • Identifying, reducing and replacing the hazardous substances in the purchased materials that end up in products
  • Further developing the “Green Purchasing” activities
  • Ensuring compliance with the REACH and other regulations on chemical substances.
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Flat glass production still faces a big challenge to find an optimum solution for reducing atmospheric emissions and specific energy consumption in the manufacturing process. The Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU), the Emissions Trading Directive (2009/29/EC) and the National Emission Ceilings Directive (2016/2284/EU) require some substantial efforts and this will continue in the coming years. Since the issue of climate change has certainly gained in importance this will require even greater efforts to reduce energy consumption.

Automotive production focuses on sun reflecting coatings and reducing the weight of glass. This will contribute to one of the goals of the automotive producers to achieve better performance in terms of grams of CO2 emitted per km as required by the European legislation.

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ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

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Certified Environmental Management Systems (EMS) in the plants are considered essential in order to improve our performance and achieve the goals of our environmental policy. A certified EMS certainly helps to have a properly functioning PDCA cycle ("Plan, Do, Check, Act") that leads to full compliance, raised awareness and lower environmental impact.

 

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In the Building and Industrial Division, all factories belonging to Primary Operations are certified ISO 14001, as are the main plants in Processed Glass. The Automotive division has an integrated ISO 14001 regional certification.

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Headquarters

Country Plant initial certification Activity
BE European HQ April 2009 Administration
BE European R&D May 2009 Research & Development
CZ Teplice HQ Sep 2004 Administration
DE Interpane R&D Lauenforde May 2003 Research & Development
DE Interpane HQ May 2013 Administration

 

Building and Industrial Division: Primary Operations

Country Plant Initial certification Activity
BE Lodelinsart January 2009 Coatings
BE Mol December 2009 Float/Coater/Etching
BE Moustier October 2006 Float
BE Seneffe December 2008 Fire resistant & Specialities
BE Zeebrugge December 2009 Mirror
CZ Barevka May 2002 Patterned glass/Mirror
CZ Teplice Coating May 2002 Coatings
CZ Kryry May 2002 Mirror
CZ Olovi May 2002 Fire Resistant Glass
CZ Retenice May 2002 Float/Laminated
DE f | glass
(Osterweddingen)-IP
May 2005 Float/Coating/Tempered Safety
ES Sagunto January 2013 Float/Laminated
FR Boussois January 2006 Float
FR Seingbouse-IP May 2005 Float/Coating/Laminated
IT Cuneo April 2007 Float/Mirror/Coating/Laminated
RU Bor (Float) October 2007 Float
RU Bor (Matelux) October 2009 Laminated
RU Klin July 2007 Float/Coating/Laminated/Mirror

 

Building and Industrial Division: Processing

Country Plant initial certification Activity
AT Parndorf-IP May 2005 IGU
BE Kempenglas December 2009 IGU
BE Mirodan Industries December 2011 Specialties
BE Seapane December 2009 IGU
CZ Fenestra Global September 2004 IGU & Specialities
CZ Processing Teplice Kryry May 2002 Processing
CZ Processing Teplice Teplice October 2004 Processing
CZ Stod Global Sept 2004 IGU
CZ Hradec Kralove June 2010 IGU
DE Belgern-IP May 2005 IGU
DE Häsen-IP May 2005 IGU
DE Hildesheim-IP May 2005 Laminated/Tempered Safety
DE Lauenforde-IP May 2005 Coating/IGU
DE Parndorf-IP May 2005 Tempered Safety/IGU
DE Plattling-IP May 2005 Coating/IGU
DE Wipperfurth-IP May 2005 IGU
FR Vertal Sud Est July 2007 IGU & Specialities
NL AGC Nederland January 2012 IGU & Specialties
NL Oosterwolde May 2012 IGU
PL Opatow June 2003 IGU
PL Silesia October 2011 IGU
PL Warszawa July 2003 IGU

 

Automotive Division

Country Plant initial certification Activity
BE Fleurus February 1998 OEM
BE Seneffe Transportation December 2008 OEM
CZ Chuderice February 1998 OEM
DE Wegberg February 2006 AVO
ES Barcelona AVO July 2016 AVO
FR Aniche September 2004 OEM
UK Northampton September 2009 AVO
HU Tatabanya December 2007 OEM
IT Roccasecca February 1998 OEM
PL Slupsk July 2005 ARG
PL Koszalin July 2005 ARG
RU Bor (auto) May 2005 OEM