New Low-Carbon Glass Reduces Embodied Carbon by 50%

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The NSG Group has unveiled an innovative glass range that boasts a remarkable 50% reduction in embodied carbon compared to standard float glass, making it the most eco-friendly product of its kind available today.

Named Pilkington Mirai™, this breakthrough glass offers a sustainable alternative to conventional float glass without any compromise in performance, quality, or aesthetic appeal. Its development involved a blend of alternative fuels, a high proportion of recycled glass content, and the utilisation of green electricity sources.

The choice of the name "Mirai," meaning 'future' in Japanese, reflects the launch of a new era for low-carbon glass products.

Kristian Chalmers, the Global Strategic Commercial Manager at the NSG Group, expressed excitement about the release of Pilkington Mirai™, marking the beginning of a promising journey. This innovative range is set to play a pivotal role in equipping architects with the tools they need to reduce the carbon footprint of their projects.

Chalmers also emphasised the NSG Group's commitment to expanding its offerings through ongoing collaboration and advancements in technology, all geared toward achieving carbon neutrality.

Pilkington Mirai™ is available in various thicknesses, both with and without coatings, and it can also be laminated. This market-leading glass can be combined with other high-performance coatings from the Pilkington product family, offering building owners and design professionals an opportunity to actively reduce embodied carbon while meeting other critical building performance and compliance standards.

Furthermore, the glassmaker provides Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for select glass ranges, giving building designers valuable insights into the carbon lifecycle of building materials.

Leopoldo Castiella, Head of Architectural Glass Global at the NSG Group, underlined the significance of the gradual decarbonisation of glass in meeting carbon reduction targets for 2030 and 2050.

Pilkington Mirai™ exemplifies the glass industry's ongoing commitment to decarbonisation without sacrificing performance or aesthetics, a remarkable achievement resulting from strong collaboration.

Castiella highlighted how this new range offers a straightforward and sustainable alternative, enabling building designers to make immediate strides in reducing the carbon footprint of their projects. It aligns perfectly with the NSG Group's mission of transforming our surroundings while enhancing our world.

Sustainability in Glassmaking

The NSG Group is deeply committed to addressing climate change, promoting social equity, and safeguarding the environment.

Last year, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) recertified the NSG Group's ambitious goal to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030 compared to 2018 levels. The company's ultimate aim is carbon neutrality by 2050. To achieve this, it continues to proactively seek ways to make a positive environmental impact, including pioneering world-first trials of alternative fuels in glass production, leading to the development of Pilkington Mirai™.

Other initiatives include a focus on ensuring a sustainable supply chain through the introduction of a new Supply Chain Charter, outlining eight key areas of environmental and social responsibility for suppliers to demonstrate progress. The NSG Group has also joined the Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP) League of Champions, a collective effort by procurement leaders to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Discover more about the remarkable Pilkington Mirai™ glass range on its dedicated product page.

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