AGC: first European glass producer to earn Cradle to Cradle label

AGC Glass Europe is the first and only European glass producer to receive the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) label for float glass and magnetron coatings, a concept in which waste and by-products act as raw materials for a new product.

AGC Glass Europe has been awarded the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) label for float glass and magnetron coatings, making AGC the first and only European glass producer to receive this honour.
Cradle to Cradle (C2C) is a concept in which waste and by-products act as raw materials for a new product. The concept is broader than recycling and focuses not on reducing consumption but on sustainable development.
AGC products are made from widely available raw materials, such as sand, soda and dolomite. In addition, AGC incorporates 25 to 31% recycled glass into the production of float glass as standard. The benefit of using recycled cullet is that it melts at lower temperatures than raw materials, thus requiring less energy and causing fewer emissions. Any waste products left after recycling are processed – sometimes directly, sometimes after other treatments (such as removing metal).
The C2C concept combines perfectly with AGC’s policy on corporate social responsibility (CSR), otherwise known as the people-planet-profit approach. Accordingly, AGC has had its environmental and safety management systems certified compliant with ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, and the company works continually to improve its performance in this area. Based in Brussels, AGC Glass Europe produces and processes flat glass for the construction industry (external glazing and indoor decorative glass), the automotive industry, solar applications and various specialist industries. It is the European branch of AGC Glass, the world’s leading producer of flat glass.