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British Glass champions the position of the industry in the debate on sustainabilityThe British Glass Environmental Team assesses, consults on, and communicates environmental policies that affect the UK glass industry. Our team are involved at all levels when government introduce new ideas or policies. We consult with relevant stakeholders, lobby government and provide proactive input throughout the development and implementation of new policies, legislation and guidance.

British Glass champions the position of the industry in the debate on sustainability.

Key issues covered by the Environmental Department include Environmental Permitting, Emissions Trading, Energy Taxes, Prices and Policies including Fuel Security, Energy Efficiency, Materials Availability and Responsible Sourcing, Environmental Improvement, and other proposed policies that could affect our sector - positively or adversely.

We are the UK voice that can make a difference to the effects of domestic and international policies, regulations, and programs that can burden or benefit the competitiveness of the UK glass sector.

We engage in regular dialogue with our members through ad-hoc update emails, monthly newsletters and Environment and Energy committee meetings where members can discuss issues and agree positions and actions for the team to take forward. We are also just one phone call or email away to take queries on specific matters and tailor guidance in this complex area.

Challenging EU and UK targets have been set for improving the environmental performance of industry across the board.

We are here to represent our members and secure the best legislative and regulatory framework by undertaking policy development and providing input to government departments, agencies, regulators, NGOs and others to achieve the best possible outcome for the glass sector. Where appropriate, through our links to other industry groups and governmental departments, powerful collaborations can be formed allowing initiatives to gain wider momentum to help to achieve our goals. This is true at both UK and EU level.

Day-to-day responsibility lies with a team of staff dedicated to environment and energy management - whose objective is to help achieve competitive, sustainable production of glass and glass products in the UK.

Decarbonisation Roadmap

For further information about our environmental roadmap, "A Clear Future: UK glass manufacturing sector decarbonisation roadmap to 2050", please click here or download the report listed under publications below.

Related Publications


Pollution inventory reporting (E-PRTR) –  Guidance for glass manufacturers

Pollution inventory reporting (E-PRTR) – Guidance for glass manufacturers

This guide is based on the Environment Agency’s Pollution inventory reporting – general guidance notes. This document has been produced to help glass manufacturers complete their annual pollution...

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A Clear Future: UK glass manufacturing sector decarbonisation roadmap to 2050 (Summary)

A Clear Future: UK glass manufacturing sector decarbonisation roadmap to 2050 (Summary)

The aim of the UK glass decarbonisation roadmap is to find a way to create a low-carbon and prosperous glass manufacturing sector in the UK by 2050. This summary document aims to display the information...

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A Clear Future: UK glass manufacturing sector decarbonisation roadmap to 2050 (Full Report)

A Clear Future: UK glass manufacturing sector decarbonisation roadmap to 2050 (Full Report)

The aim of the UK glass decarbonisation roadmap is to find a way to create a low-carbon and prosperous glass manufacturing sector in the UK by 2050.

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GLASS - Society and the Environment

GLASS - Society and the Environment

Glass - a material of the past; THE material of the future - the green future - where reducing our carbon footprint is likely to become the centre of policymaking.

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