Sustainable prosperity forecast for Europe’s flat glass sector

Glass for Europe, the trade association of Europe’s flat glass sector, has welcomed the release by the European Commission of the ‘Clean Planet for All’ communication on a European strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy, which marks the start of an inclusive debate. Europe’s flat glass sector, which set itself on a path to maximise its contributions to a low-carbon society back in 2012, believes it is well placed to take on the scale of the technological and industrial challenges, the enormous emissions reduction potential at hand in sectors like buildings but also the complex interactions and trade-offs between sectors.

The long-term decarbonisation of Europe will require vast amount of flat glass to upgrade glazing in all European buildings, to power Europe with photovoltaic technologies, to deliver digital technologies and to produce greener vehicles. In the opinion of Glass for Europe, it is essential that this flat glass can be produced in Europe. “When defining an EU carbon neutral strategy, it is essential to embrace a holistic thinking to ensure the coherence of models and policy choices” comments Bertrand Cazes, Secretary General of Glass for Europe. “We will be vigilant precisely about this so that the long-term decarbonisation becomes the promised engine of sustainable prosperity in Europe’s flat glass sector.”