In 2010 AGC became the first European glassmaker to obtain C2C certification for its float glass and magnetron-coated glass. Since 2010, AGC has been continuously working towards adding products to the C2C certification.
Seven AGC product ranges have been awarded C2C certification: float glass, magnetron-coated glass, decorative glass (painted glass, acid-etched glass, mirrors), laminated glass, insulating glass, patterned glass and fire-resistant glass.
Under version 3 of C2C, certifications of the following products were renewed for another 2 years: float and magnetron coated glass (December 2019), patterned glass (January 2020), laminated glass (May 2020), the decorative glass range (August 2018) and insulated glass (January 2019). Our fire-resistant glass was newly certified directly under version 3. We are excited about this new certification as in this way AGC again demonstrates its commitment to constantly improving the environmental performance of its products.
Version 3 of the C2C product standard incorporates a number of changes, structural as well fundamental, wherein existing criteria have been toughened and new criteria added in each of the five categories. Development of Version 4 is under way at the C2C Institute and is expected to be completed in 2020.
Under the certification programme, 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. The Cradle-to-Cradle certified product scorecard gives the information on the achievement levels that AGC obtains in each of the five quality categories. Each C2C certification has a scorecard associated with it. This gives a detailed representation of how AGC performed in each quality category along with what we received as an "overall certification level."
Under version 3 of C2C, AGC is at Bronze level for float glass and insulating glass, silver level for its magnetron-coated glass, patterned glass, laminated glass and fire-resistant glass. Decorative glass range of products received Silver and Bronze certifications.
Our journey to the C2C certification of insulating glass products
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, etc.). AGC is the first glassmaker to have undergone this process, which includes dozens of suppliers and 40 AGC plants active in the manufacturing process.