From a global perspective, flat glass manufacturing accounts for only 0.65% of the EU’s industrial CO2 emissions. The share of recycled glass used as raw material has increased over the last decade thanks to the collection systems set up by the industry with processors and recyclers. This has resulted in a further 6% reduction in CO2 emissions.
The VIT Group has been committed to the environment for many years. The production, life extension and recycling of the glass we use is a key issue for us! We are careful about the materials we use in order to limit the ecological impact of glass production and processing as much as possible.
Within our premises, ecology is also a concern for us and our employees. Waste sorting (wood, steel, aluminium, soft plastic, hard plastic, paper, cardboard, etc.) is applied throughout the company, and the lighting in our workshops is entirely equipped with LEDs (advantageous because of their low electricity consumption, unlike incandescent bulbs). We have also set up a closed circuit production water recycling system.
In order to be in a continuous improvement process, we are certified according to the ISO 14 000 standard, a standard relating to environmental management. This allows us to implement effective actions for the planet, based on constant improvement through the control of company activities. One of the main updates of this standard requires organisations to consider environmental impact throughout the life cycle (although this is not mandatory)
We work closely with a local company, Solover, which recovers our glass scraps for recycling. We sort all of our broken or used glass by type so that it can be melted down and used to make flat glass, bottles, glass beads or other materials such as road surfaces.
This allows the entire production of flat glass for building glazing to operate in a circular economy: making your product from recycled and crushed glass – cullet – saves sand, and uses less energy (cullet has a lower melting point than sand), thus improving the final carbon footprint.
In addition, so that you too can be an agent of change in favour of the environment, we offer you high-performance glass for your homes or professional premises.
For example, VIT Therm glazing allows you to benefit from better thermal insulation and thus make significant savings and reduce CO2 emissions from heating your home. The technology of our VIT SUN PERFORM glazing is also innovative because it allows you to control the level of light and therefore heat in summer, but also to limit heat loss in winter.
For your technical glazing projects, contact us.