New group aims to empower the industry

Giles WillsonTrade bodies in the glass and glazing industry have joined forces to form the ‘Glazing Supply Chain Group’, with an aim to increase the industry’s lobbying power on behalf of the all companies operating in the glass and glazing supply chain.

The founder members of the group are:

• British Glass (BG)

• Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB)

• European Window Film Association (EWFA)

• Flat Glass Manufacturers Association (FGMA)

• Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF)

• The Steel Window Association (SWA)

Giles Willson, GGF deputy chief executive and director of technical affairs, commented: “It’s extremely positive that we now have this joint group set up to support key campaigns to try and influence and possibly change policy to help companies in the industry supply chain.”

The Glazing Supply Chain Group’s main objective are:

• To represent the glazing industry supply chain and act as the collective ‘voice of the industry’ to government (local, national and European) and related organisations.

• To promote the benefits of energy efficient glass and glazing and highlight the environmental advantages to key government departments.

• To increase awareness of the group in the construction industry and political arenas.

• To increase the size of the group and involve/unite more trade bodies who share the group’s core messages and who will endorse the group’s activities for the good/benefit of the industry.

• To maintain a non-commercial, independent, clear and progressive messages on behalf of the glazing supply chain.

The group’s first completed project is the National Energy Foundation (NEF) independent research report on the energy efficiency of windows/glazing and their contribution to the overall energy saving and reduction in carbon emissions from buildings in the UK.

The study was commissioned by the Group to identify how much energy can be saved if more existing buildings in the UK install the most energy efficient commercially available glazing and associated technologies and how the uptake of energy efficient glazing and associated technologies be encouraged and incentivised.

The completed report, entitled ‘Glazing in Buildings – reducing energy use’ is available for download on the group’s new website;

For more information on the Glazing Supply Chain Group or if you would like to attend a future meeting, please contact

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