Glass in sustainable buildings
Across Europe highly glazed buildings are awarded for their sustainability performance.
Flat glass is made of abundant raw materials such as sand. Its manufacturing process is energy efficient, requires low levels of water and generates little waste that can be recycled in close-loop. Flat glass in a climate neutral Europe
The flat glass sector is indispensable to the massive decarbonisation of the building, transport and energy sectors. Flat glass manufacturing is also an energy-intensive activity. In today’s climate urgency context, the flat glass sector wants to offer its vision of a rapidly actionable virtuous decarbonisation cycle.
Glass for Europe commissioned a study on energy savings and CO2 emission avoidance of high performing glazing to the independent research institute TNO Built Environment and Geoscience (TNO). This study is a quantification of both energy and CO2 savings that can be realised thanks to high-performance glazing across the 28 EU Member States in both horizons 2030 and 2050.