British Glass, including its subsidiaries, have assisted countless organisations, governements and other stakeholers throughout the world with technical issues, research, development, training and consultancy.
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- Climate Change Agreement Management
- Decarbonisation Roadmap
- Exemption on Energy Tax
- The Glass Academy Skills Development
Climate Change Agreement Management
In 2001, the UK Government introduced climate change agreements (CCA). British Glass proactively and positively engaged with Government and industry to secure relief on CCA for the UK glass manufacturing sector for compliance with ambitious energy efficiency targets for the sector, with CO₂ trading used as a compliance mechanism. The project ensured successful compliance for all glass member participants and resulted in reduced compliance costs through evidence based target negotiations.
In 2014, The EU Commission published its 2030 framework for climate change policy measures, which proposed a 40% reduction in CO2 in line with the longer term trajectory of 80% by 2050 – an ambitious target. Due to a lack of comprehensive study to determine possible options and identify barriers to implementation, the UK Government committed to a thorough, bottom up assessment of the potential decarbonisation options within a number of industrial sectors, including glass, as part of the UK Heat Strategy. This was to be completed by consultants.
In conjunction with UK Glass sector manufacturers and the supply chain, British Glass produced a realistic decarbonisation roadmap, setting out possible options for decarbonisation, highlighting the barriers to implementation and putting forward recommendations for action. This process included individual consultation with members, several stakeholder workshops, preparation of a full technical report and the publication of a simplified executive summary. The roadmap positioned the glass manufacturing sector to have a future in 2050 as prosperous and low carbon, communicating a potential reduction without committing to a reduction target.
Exemption on Energy Tax
The Energy Products Taxation Directive requires that a minimum energy tax is levied on non-domestic energy supplies and allows an exemption for energy used in ‘mineralogical’ processes. However, the UK government chose not to implement this exemption - putting glass manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage to competitors in EU member states that chose to implement the exemption.
As a result of the successful lobbying campaign, the UK glass sector now pays no climate change levy on energy used in qualifying mineralogical processes. The tax totals around £16 million per annum, of which c.£4m pa was paid under previous climate change levy relief, resulting in compliance with the climate change agreement.
The Glass Academy Skills Development
British Glass launched ‘The Glass Academy’ in 2013, a £5.5million industry-led training and skills development initiative, co-funded by the UK Government’s Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot and the glass industry. It aims to reinvigorate the UK glass manufacturing sector to ensure the
industry’s existing and future workforce has the skills required to compete in manufacturing markets on a global scale.
The Glass Academy has delivered significant sustainable competitive advantage and bottom line improvements by effective and continuous workforce development.
Many glass making terms have entered the language: 'Shut yer gob': a molten lump of glass is called a 'gob' to which the glass blower attached a tube to blow the glass into shape. The blower had to blow hard which made his cheeks very large. Today someone with a big mouth is told they have a big gob.