Making materials designed for climate action

A leading innovator in materials science, Corning is working to become a better version of itself through its approach to sustainability. Alongside actively reducing carbon emissions from its operations, the organisation is focused on providing meaningful environmental improvements that will make a long-lasting impact on the world we inhabit.

Making materials designed for climate action

Sustainability is a hot button topic in society today, but how are organisations working to implement changes that make a difference? Corning Incorporated is focused on taking a long-term approach to sustainability, while addressing key challenges of the moment and evolving to meet the needs of the future.

What exactly does Corning mean when it says, “taking the long-term approach”? Corning thinks about its ongoing contributions in two different categories: the company’s footprint and the company’s handprint. Corning’s footprint category encompasses the greenhouse gas emissions related to the manufacturing and delivery of its own products. Over the last 50 years, Corning has leveraged its research and manufacturing expertise to continually advance its glass melting knowledge while working to identify more efficient, cleaner and more sustainable solutions for its product compositions and manufacturing processes. The handprint category focuses on the emissions reductions that Corning and its products enable others to make with their products and services. These ‘handprint products’ demonstrate Corning’s focus on innovations that also help its customers to make the world more sustainable.


Corning’s innovation skills and expertise in materials science enable the company to introduce products that provide meaningful environmental and social improvements. In 2006, Corning introduced Corning EAGLE XG Glass, which is the most widely adopted glass substrate for LCDs. It’s the first display glass to be free of arsenic and it has no added halides or heavy metals. Other recent examples of Corning products that are helping move the world forward include:

  • Corning Viridian Vials, that help drug manufacturers meet their sustainability goals by reducing glass waste and manufacturing emissions while enabling faster, safer fill-finish operations. This new technology can improve filling-line efficiency by up to 50% while reducing vial-manufacturing carbon-dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) emissions by up to 30%, helping to reduce waste and carbon emissions throughout the pharmaceutical supply chain.
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 is Corning’s latest cover glass innovation for mobile devices. Gorilla Glass Victus 2 delivers improved drop performance on rough surfaces like concrete through a new glass composition that contains an average of 22% pre-consumer recycled content as validated by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Hemlock Semiconductor (HSC), a Corning subsidiary and a global leader in producing the hyper-pure solar-grade polysilicon needed to manufacture monocrystalline ingots and wafers, which are then used to produce sustainable solar power cells, panels and arrays. These solar technologies are critical to decarbonising the world’s electricity production.
  • Corning ColdForm Technology for automotive use, which has global warming potential that is approximately 25% less than traditional hot-forming technology*. ColdForm enables innovative curved designs in an economical and sustainable way, helping automakers meet sustainability targets within their supply chains.

Innovation portfolio

Building on currently available products, Corning’s research, development and engineering capabilities are arguably the company’s most powerful tools as the organisation seeks to make a long-lasting impact on the world we inhabit. Corning expects its most powerful contributions to climate action will come from its innovation portfolio. Some of its promising emerging innovations include:

  • Ribbon Ceramic materials and HSC’s silicon anode materials may enhance battery performance through higher energy density, carbon-free fuel, or even completely new forms of energy generation.
  • Honeycomb ceramic substrates, designed for solid sorbents to directly capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Corning is currently working closely with various customers to leverage the company’s deep expertise in materials science and emissions control to help expand and scale technology needed for the rapidly evolving industry.
  • Flexible glass as a substrate for next-generation solar. Corning is currently in the early development stages with customers to explore cover glass for solar modules, with the potential to reduce weight and increase light transmission and therefore increase module efficiency.

Corning believes those materials designed for climate action, and likely others that its scientists develop in the future, have the power to both drive economic growth and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by many times more than just erasing the company’s total footprint.

Ambitious targets

Along with taking a long-term approach, Corning is working on shorter-term actions to reduce carbon emissions from its operations. The company believes that reducing its environmental footprint is a core responsibility as a global corporate citizen and is an increasing expectation of stakeholders. Corning is working to reduce its negative impacts on the environment throughout its operations and value chain by reducing natural resources consumed, emissions produced, and waste generated.

Corning has committed to a 30% reduction (absolute basis) in its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2028 from a 2021 base year, and to a 17.5% reduction in its absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions, covering purchased goods and services, capital goods, fuel- and energy-related activities, and upstream transportation and distribution by 2028 from a 2021 base year. These near-term reduction targets were recently validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) as ambitions aligned with the 1.5°C trajectory in the Paris Climate Accord.

To help achieve these ambitious GHG emission reduction targets, in mid-2022 Corning joined Glass Futures – a not-for-profit organisation that is working to ensure the future of glass manufacturing is built on high value and fully sustainable, zero-carbon products. Corning is also an active member of the GlassTrend organisation – a consortium of worldwide operating industries and institutes working in the field of glass and glass production – to help advance the company’s knowledge base related to long-term manufacturing sustainability efforts.

Paired with these efforts, Corning is working on reducing the greenhouse gasses from its proprietary melting and forming processes. Corning is a leader in the amount of electric usage in its melting platforms for specialty flat glass today and is continuing to drive towards processes that rely 100% on electric melting. Additionally, Corning’s research organisation is investigating the use of non-fossil fuels, such as hydrogen, as part of a larger program to understand future opportunities for low-carbon melting practices.

Corning’s innovation engine has, and will continue to, provide meaningful environmental improvements that will help move the world forward, while also working to drastically reduce the amount of carbon emissions from its operations.

*Assumptions for the comparative analysis of the hot form process assume similar geographical region and were collected through expertise from in-house hot forming for other types of automotive glass, industry research, expert opinions, and third-party evaluations. Models for the hot form process are representative of theoretical data. Sensitivity analyses were conducted to account for the potential variances in environmental impact that could occur based on the collection of primary data for the hot form process. 

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