Energy policy

Affordable, continuous and secure energy is vital to UK glass manufacturing’s international competitiveness. That’s why British Glass represents the interests of glass manufacturing and its supply chain to policy makers in energy security, regulation and taxation at UK level.

From smart glazing to 100% recyclable packaging – glass products improve energy efficiency in everyday life. But the initial melting process for glass is an energy-intensive, 24/7 operation. In fact, energy represents approximately one third of the operating costs of large scale glass making. That means competitively priced energy is essential for glass manufacturer in the UK.

British Glass’ unique relationship with the UK’s large-scale glass manufacturers means that we’re able to collect direct data on how much energy is being used across the sector. This lets us make detailed assessments of the impact of proposed changes to energy policy and regulation. 

We use this evidence base, and our close links with other industry sectors and government, to shape effective policy solutions that will ensure UK glass manufacturing remains internationally competitive, and plays its part in developing the energy landscape and infrastructure of tomorrow.

The Environment and Energy Committee is the focal point of British Glass energy policy work with its members.



Environment & Energy Committee

The British Glass Environment and Energy Committee works to make the UK glass industry sustainable and competitive for the future. It proactively addresses policy, regulatory and legislative matters as well as technical innovation.