Asahi Glass Co. (AGC) recently announced that it will enable the avoidance of as much as six times the AGC Group’s own annual CO2 emissions in 2020 through its energy-saving and energy-creating products. The glass industry is energy intensive. Seriously acknowledging the environmental load of its own business activities, the AGC Group is working to reduce the impact on the environment through improvements to its manufacturing processes. At the same time, the group is developing, supplying and distributing environmentally related products that contribute to energy conservation and creation to ensure that its contribution will outweigh its environmental impact.
The AGC Group forecasts its own annual CO2 emissions to be about 13 million tons in 20201, while the target for reducing CO2 emissions generated through its energy-saving and energy-creating products is 80 million tons2, or six times the projected annual emissions of the group, an amount equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions of approximately 16 million households3, or the CO2 emissions from 30 advanced LNG thermal power stations.
AGC also aims to increase the percentage of environmentally related products, including energy-saving and energy-creating products, within total sales to 30% by 2020. AGC will contribute to solving environment and energy issues and build a sustainable society, through R&D efforts to improve its manufacturing processes and products that can meet the needs for energy-conservation and creation.
1. The AGC Group’s estimated annual CO2 emissions in 2020
2. CO2 reductions if energy-saving and energy-creating products manufactured in 2020 are used to the ends of their useful lives.
3. Annual CO2 emissions of one household: Approx. 5 tons (fiscal 2011)
(Source: Greenhouse Gas Inventory Office of Japan)