The flat glass sector is expected to play a crucial role in the decarbonisation of Europe and its high-performance products will be essential in contributing to the UK's legally binding target to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
The opportunities and challenges for our industry are highlighted in the Glass for Europe publication, '2050: Flat glass in a climate-neutral Europe'.
Glass for Europe, the trade association for the European flat glass sector, has identified that glass is essential for renovating and decarbonising Europe’s buildings, supporting the clean mobility transition and increasing the share of solar energy in Europe.
It also recognises that, despite the success of our industry in reducing by over 40% of its CO2
emissions per tonne of glass since 1990, major evolutions in technology and energy infrastructure will be needed to achieve climate neutrality in the EU and UK.
As an active member of Glass for Europe, we support its call for national governments to develop an industrial strategy to achieve carbon neutrality and introduce deep renovation programmes that will transform our existing building stock with high performance glazing and other energy efficiency measures.
If you would like to read more about the contribution that our industry and its products can make towards decarbonisation by 2050, please click here