AGC Group's CSR
For the Earth

4. External Evaluation of AGC’s Environmental Impact

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AGC Glass Europe’s Headquarters Receives BREEAM
“Excellent” Rating

AGC Glass Europe’s (AGEU) headquarters building in Belgium is a nearly-zero energy building, meaning it has very high energy performance. The energy that the building does require comes mostly from renewable sources.

The building’s roof features around 900 photovoltaic (PV) panels mounted to provide additional electricity (around 200,000 kWh per year) covering the building’s energy needs. The building also emphasizes natural lighting to reduce energy consumed by interior lighting. Geothermal energy is used to heat and cool the building, and rainwater is used for sanitary purposes, outdoor cleaning and gardening activities. All wood used in construction is certified by PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). Plants used in landscaping are local varieties, and biodiversity initiatives to be carried out in the garden are currently under review.

In light of the above features, the AGEU building has also acquired BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) certification. BREEAM is a system of certification established to assess buildings in terms of efficient utilization of energy, water and other resources. In 2015, the AGEU building passed a postconstruction review resulting in a final certificate with a rating of “Excellent.”

AGC Glass Europe’s new headquarters
AGC Glass Europe’s new headquarters

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AGEU’s Fire-resistant Glass Products Acquire Cradle to Cradle™ Certification

The Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Certified™ product standard recognizes achievements in the use and re-use of safe and healthy materials and renewable energy. It also recognizes water stewardship and evaluates and certifies products that contribute to social responsibility initiatives.

When AGEU first obtained C2C certification in 2010 for its float glass and coated glass products, it was the first glass manufacturer in Europe to do so. In 2013, the Silver certifications for float glass, coated glass and decorative glass were successfully renewed. In 2017, insulating glazing (Thermobel) obtained Bronze certification, while float glass and magnetron coating saw their Silver certification renewed. In 2018, the laminated glass products Stratobel and Stratophone earned Silver certification, and in 2019 fire resistant glass (Pyrobel) also earned Silver. Finally, Gold certification was also newly obtained for patterned glass—a first for AGC.

Certified products are also eligible for certification credits under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, and can thus help customers looking to improve the environmental rating of their buildings.

Cradle to Cradle certificate for fire-resistant glass
Cradle to Cradle certificate for fire-resistant glass

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AGC Products Certified as Singapore Green Building Products
a First for a Glass Manufacturer in Singapore

In 2013, AGC Asia Pacific became the first glass manufacturer to receive SGBP product certification under the labeling scheme of the Singapore Green Building Council. The interior glass certification was renewed in 2017 and received an even better SGBP rating.
This certification evaluates the environmental performance of building materials in the fields of energy efficiency, water efficiency, resource efficiency, health and environmental protection and other green features.

Moreover, buildings that use products with SGBP labels can earn points through Singapore’s Green Mark building rating system.

Singapore Green Building Council certificates for AGC products
Singapore Green Building Council certificates for AGC products

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Providing CSR Expertise for Industry-wide CSR Initiatives in Thailand

AGC Flat Glass (Thailand) Public (AFT) received the CSR-DIW Award for the tenth consecutive year in 2018. The award is given to companies that implement good practices for CSR activities by the Department of Industrial Works (DIW) of Thailand’s Ministry of Industry.

AFT has been continuously executing SET: “S” stands for Safe Products through Safe Processes, “E” is for Environment Preserving Products through Environmental Conservation Processes and “T” represents Transparent Products through Transparent Processes for Good Governance. In recognition of these efforts, the DIW granted CSR-DIW certification1 to the company in 2009. AFT has also been selected to take part in a CSR-DIW network committee for CSR-DIW promotion. Through the committee, which includes representative members selected from 425 factories nationwide, the company has been contributing to the development of CSR in Thailand.

CSR-DIW Continuous Award 2018
CSR-DIW Continuous Award 2018
  • 1 CSR-DIW certification is a system based on ISO 26000 standards established by the Department of Industrial Works of the Ministry of Industry in Thailand.

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AGC Asia Pacific as a Founding Partner of WorldGBC’s
Asia Pacific Regional Network

On January 1, 2017, AGC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (AAP)--the regional headquarters of AGC in Asia Pacific--became one of the founding partners of the World Green Building Council’s Asia Pacific Regional Network.

With its large population and increasing urbanization, the Asia Pacific Regional Network is one of WorldGBC’s largest networks, and is absolutely critical for the success of green building globally. AAP ‘s expertise will further strengthen the network of Green Building Councils in the region.

Furthermore, the environment remains an integral part of AGC’s shared values. AAP’s efforts in the region will exemplify how green building mitigates negative ecological effects, positively benefitting the environment.

AAP was awarded the 2017 BCA-SGBC Sustainability Leadership Award in the category of Leadership in Green Building Product; for providing industry-proven and environmentally friendly architectural glass for use in green buildings. In Singapore, AGC architectural glass products are the first in their industry to be certified by the Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) labeling scheme, with the highest possible rating of four ticks.

Members of AAP at BEX Asia
Members of AAP at BEX Asia