Manifesto calls for ‘renaissance of the European flat glass industry’

Glass for EuropeGlass for Europe, the association for Europe’ manufacturers of building, automotive and solar energy glass, has released its policy manifesto for the next mandate of the European Commission and Parliament.

The document, entitled ‘Glass for Europe’s Industrial Renaissance’, sets out policies and measures that, according to Glass for Europe, need to be developed in the next five years to trigger the ‘renaissance of the European flat glass industry’.

,Bertrand Cazes, secretary general of Glass for Europe, said: “In view of the current market situation in Europe, the fundamental issue for EU decision makers is whether or not, in ten years, high-tech flat glass products will still be manufactured in Europe or imported from outside.

“We strongly believe that there is a future in Europe for the manufacturing of high tech glass products but this requires a shift in EU policy and the implementation of very concrete measures.”

,Some of the proposals laid down in the manifesto include: the development of an energy labeling scheme for windows to support the market uptake of advanced glazing options and the promotion of building glass recycling to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions from glass manufacturing.

More globally, it calls for a ‘level playing field’ between EU and non-EU manufacturing industries and a reform of the EU climate and energy policies to ensure that Europe’s low carbon objective becomes a growth driver for EU industries.

,Click here to view Glass for Europe’s manifesto.

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