A meeting of all ten large-scale UK glass manufacturers has secured unanimous high-level commitment to work together with government toward the progressive net decarbonisation of the glass industry as part of the Decarbonisation 2050 Roadmaps project.
British Glass brought together this group of industry leaders on 25 January for a strategy workshop with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Decarbonisation 2050 Roadmaps project has been working with eight energy-intensive industries since 2014 to formulate practical action plans to reduce their carbon emissions.
The meeting – hosted by BEIS in Westminster and attended by senior representatives of the UK’s large-scale glass manufacturers – was an important step in securing a sector-wide consensus. During the meeting all ten companies gave their support in principle to the draft action plan for the glass industry – due to be finalised and published this spring. The meeting jointly designed a pledge which will form part of the final document.
British Glass chief executive, Dave Dalton said:
“Like all industries, glass manufacturing needs a joined-up, pragmatic approach to energy efficiency which allows it to compete successfully in global markets.
“Glass manufacturing has already demonstrated that it can reduce its carbon emissions while increasing production – and is playing an active role in the green economy with products that support the transition to a low-carbon society – such as high performance glazing and 100% recyclable packaging.
“British Glass and its members are keen to see the action plan finalised and get down to the business of collaborating with government and our supply chain – as well as partners in research and development – to identify practical steps that can deliver a low-carbon economy and competitive glass manufacturing.”
The British Glass Environment and Energy (E&E) Committee works to make the UK glass industry sustainable and competitive for the future by proactively addressing policy, regulatory and legislative matters as well as actively pursuing technical innovation. The committee is made up of representatives from across the British Glass membership, and supported by British Glass subject experts.
British Glass members wanting to find out more about the Energy Efficiency and Decarbonisation Roadmap 2050 and the action plan, or the work of the E&E Committee should email firstname.lastname@example.org