AGC Products Achieve Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver Status
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has awarded Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver to AGC Glass Europe’s float glass products.
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has awarded Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver to AGC Glass Europe’s (AGC) float glass products following the company’s successful re-certification process, which included significant efforts to offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the product manufacturing process. These efforts were spurred in part by AGC Glass Europe’s commitment to continuous product improvement based on the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Program, a guidance system for assessing and continually improving products based on five sustainability characteristics: material health, material reuse, renewable energy, water stewardship, and social fairness.
Recertifying AGC Glass Europe’s float glass product reportedly meant the company had to meet more stringent requirements of the updated Cradle to Cradle Certified product standard (version 3.1). Offsetting GHG emissions generated during glass production posed a particular challenge for AGC due to the energy-intensive nature of the manufacturing process.
“The company ultimately met the challenge by investing in the sequestration of more than 60,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents via voluntary carbon offsets,” said Guy Van Marcke, director of sustainability and product stewardship for AGC. “The recertification of our product ranges under the version 3.1 of Cradle to Cradle certification has been a challenging process. To reach some new or updated requirements of the version 3.1, we really had to work in close relationship with our suppliers. The Cradle to Cradle Certified product standard has proved to be a valuable framework for this type of continuous improvement to our products and processes, and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has been an important partner in helping us achieve such significant impact reductions.”
“Recertifying AGC float glass at the Cradle to Cradle Silver level under version three of the Cradle to Cradle product standard was an arduous task,” said Matteo Kausch, director of technical development for the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. “To date, no other company with such an energy-intensive, high-emission manufacturing process has achieved this status for any of its products. We are proud to have supported AGC on the path to a more positive product—and production process.”
AGC’s achievement reportedly comes as part of its commitment to innovating and producing environmentally responsible products that reflect Cradle to Cradle principles. The company has also achieved Cradle to Cradle Certified status for many of its other products, including magnetron-coated glass at the Silver level, stratobel and stratophone laminated glass at the Bronze level, and decorative glass (mirrors, painted glass, painted acid-etched glass and acid-etched glass) at the Bronze level.