AGC Group's CSR
For the Earth

4. External Evaluation of AGC’s Environmental Impact

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AGC's AMOLEA?, Low-Environmental-Impact HFOs, is Awarded Minister of the Environment Award in the GSC Awards

AGC has been awarded a JACI (Japan Association for Chemical Innovation) Minister of the Environment Award in the 19th Green & Sustainable Chemistry (GSC) Awards, which was granted in recognition of the outstanding environmental technology of AGC's AMOLEA?, low environmental impact HFO (hydrofluoroolefin) products.

GSC Awards recognize outstanding achievements that contribute to the advancement of chemistry that supports a GSC (Green & Sustainable Chemistry) approach. Among these awards, the 'Minister of the Environment Award' recognizes those that achieve the most significant contributions in reducing overall environmental impact.

AGC's AMOLEA? is a solvent and refrigerant brand developed under the concept of dramatically reducing Global Warming Potential (GWP) while maintaining conventional performance. By replacing conventional products with AMOLEA? products, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced to an equivalent of 10 million tons of CO? per year*1. AGC was awarded the Minister of the Environment Award in the 19th GSC Awards in view of the anticipated greatly lower environmental impact.

  • *1 Estimated value specific to Japan.

June 1 press release
AGC's AMOLEA?, Low-Environmental-Impact HFOs, is Awarded Minister of the Environment Award in the GSC Awards
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AMOLEA? solvent
AMOLEA? solvent

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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 portfolio of Cradle to Cradle Certified? products

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 an organization’s 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 and coated glass were successfully renewed and a new Bronze level certification for decorative glass was achieved. The laminated glass products Stratobel and Stratophone achieved Bronze certification in 2014, followed by the insulating glazing Thermobel in 2017. Patterned glass was newly certified Silver in 2018 and successfully renewed in 2020, and fire-resistant glass was newly certified Silver in 2019. Through optimization measures, AGEU demonstrated improvement in certification levels for laminated glass by achieving Silver for a selected group of products in 2020, and Silver was also acquired for decorative glass, painted glass, acid-etched glass and lead-free mirrors in 2018.

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 Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) product certification under the labeling scheme of the Singapore Green Building Council. AGC’s exterior glass was awarded the highest rating, and in 2019, interior glass produced by PT Asahimas Flat Glass, Tbk (AMG) was also certified under the SGBP labeling scheme.

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 eleventh consecutive year in 2019.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 certification*2 to the company in 2009.

  • *2CSR-DIW certification is a system based on ISO 26000 standards established by the Department of Industrial Works of the Ministry of Industry in Thailand.
CSR-DIW Continuous Award 2019
CSR-DIW Continuous Award 2019
Fixing and painting bookshelves at a primary school
Fixing and painting bookshelves at a primary school
Replacing a water tank at a children’s development center
Replacing a water tank at a children’s development center
Save the world—saying no to plastic bags at AFT
Save the world—saying no to plastic bags at AFT
Beach conservation activity
Beach conservation activity

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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 (World GCB) 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.

In 2019, AAP shared the AGC zero-energy building (ZEB) concept and related solutions at a number of green building conferences in Indonesia and the Philippines. AAP also participated in the World GBC Asia Pacific Regional Network’s biannual meetings, exchanging information and sharing the latest developments in green building initiatives.

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