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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 2016 for the energy consumption, GHG emissions, water consumption and waste disposal are presented in details 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 of 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 legislations.
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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 CO2 emitted per km as required by the European legislation.

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Planning for 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, a growing number of plants have been certified ISO 14001. All the factories belonging to Primary Operations are certified ISO 14001, as are the main plants from the Processing Division. 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 May 2002 Administration
DE Interpane R&D May 2003 Research & Development
DE Interpane HQ May 2013 Administration

 

Building and Industrial Division: Primary Operations

Country Plant Initial certification Activity
BE Athus December 2008 Laminated
BE Lodelinsart January 2009 Coatings
BE Moustier October 2006 Float
BE Mol December 2009 Float/Coater/Etching
BE Seneffe December 2008 Fire resistant & Specialities
BE Zeebrugge December 2009 Mirror
CZ Kryry May2002 Mirror
CZ Barevka May 2002 Patterned glass/Mirror
CZ Retenice May 2002 Float/Laminated
CZ Olovi May 2002 Fire Resistant Glass
CZ Coating Teplice May 2002 Coatings
DE Osterweddingen December 2013 Float/Coating/Tempered Safety
FR Boussois January 2006 Float
FR Seingbouse May 2013 Float/Coating/Laminated
IT Cuneo April 2007 Float/Mirror/Coating/Laminated
RU Klin July 2007 Float/Coating/Laminated/Mirror
RU Bor October 2007 Float
SP Sagunto January 2003 Float/Laminated

 

Building and Industrial Division: Processing

Country Plant initial certification Activity
BE Mirodan Industries December 2011 Specialties
BE Seapane December 2009 IGU
BE Kempenglas December 2009 IGU
CH VIM May 2005 IGU & Specialties
CZ Processing Teplice Prague October 2004 IGU
CZ Processing Teplice Kryry May 2002 Processing
CZ Processing Teplice Teplice October 2004 Processing
CZ Fenestra March 2001 IGU& Specialities
CZ Stod Sept. 2004 IGU
CZ Hradec Kralove June 2010 IGU
DE Belgern May 2005 IGU
DE Buxtehude May 2005 IGU
DE Häsen May 2005 IGU
DE Hildesheim May 2001 Laminated/Tempered Safety
DE Lauenforde May 2003 Coating/IGU
DE Parndorf May 2005 Tempered Safety/IGU
DE Plattling May 2001 Coating/IGU
DE Wipperfurth May 2005 IGU
FR AIV February 2009 IGU& Specialities
FR VSE July 2004 IGU& Specialities
FR VNE December 2010 IGU& Specialities
NL Eijkelkamp January 2012 IGU& Specialties
NL Krug Portegies December 2011 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
FR Aniche September 2004 OEM
HU Tatabanya December 2007 OEM
IT Roccasecca February 1998 OEM
RU Bor May 2005 OEM
SP Barcelona AVO July 2016 AVO
UK Northampton September 2009 AVO