AGC Europe’s Seingbouse, France, float glass facility has started production of a low-carbon glass.
It said the production of its low-carbon Planibel Clearlite yields no more than 7 kg of CO2 per m² for glass that is 4 mm thick and that its CO2 footprint is reduced by more than 40%.
AGC has expanded its Low-Carbon Glass range to include a Low-Carbon variant of Stratobel (safety glass), Stratophone (acoustic glass), iplus (thermal insulation glass), Stopray and Energy (solar control glass), as well as toughenable coatings (T-coatings). The entire range is now available in all thicknesses from 3 to 10mm
AGC Glass Europe started production of Low-Carbon Planibel Clearlite at its Moustier, Belgium facility six months ago.
Carbon neutrality roadmap
The company said it had taken the next step in its Carbon Neutrality Roadmap by enabling another AGC production facility to produce low-carbon glass.
The group’s approach takes the entire value chain into account: decarbonising production processes, reducing CO2 emissions from the upstream supply chain and cutting other indirect emissions.
AGC is leveraging the more sustainable procurement of raw materials, the use of efficient melting furnaces that deploy electroboosting technology, the increased use of recycling via pre-consumer cullet flows and optimised transport between AGC plants and customers.
The group also promotes the use of renewable energy by not only purchasing green energy but also generating its own green solar and wind power.
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