Glass for Europe looks into the future of energy efficiency

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08 Nov 2013
Glass for Europe has called on energy efficiency to be the cornerstone of EU energy policy with a dedicated target, building on sectorial potentials for cost-effective improvements.

In March 2013, the European Commission opened up the debate about the EU future framework for climate and energy policies by 2030. The EU currently has a framework for 2020, which comprises of three objectives, a 20% reduction of greenhouse gases emission, a 20% share of renewable in the energy mix and a 20% energy efficiency objective. Out of these three objectives, the energy efficiency target is the only one that is not legally binding. Unsurprisingly, only the two binding objectives are currently on track to be met.

Glass for Europe, the trade association of European flat glass manufacturers, strongly believes that lessons from the 2020 framework need to be learned and a change in focus is required for the 2030 framework. A dedicated target on energy efficiency will help to boost competitiveness, support job creation, address issues of high energy costs and deliver a competitive low carbon economy.

Research has demonstrated that the building and transport sectors have the greater energy savings potential in Europe. Glass for Europe members manufacture advanced glass products, which are then used in buildings and transport to save energy and reduce CO2 emissions and in the solar-energy industry to generate clean energy.

A short video explaining the position of Glass for Europe on the 2030 framework has been sent to MEPs ahead of the next European Parliamentary debate on 2030.