From sand to flat glass

Environment Archives - Glass for Europe

From sand to flat glass

From sand to flat glass Sustainable sourcing of high-quality sand for industrial use Europe’s flat glass is characterized by its strong local roots: from raw materials to production, transformation, installation and end-of-life management, it provides economic activity and jobs across Europe. It is estimated that 90% of the raw material used to produce Europe’s flat

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Hot hold operations in the flat glass sector

‘Hot hold’ operations in the flat glass sector An exceptional yet essential option to cease production and preserve the industrial equipment   This paper intends to inform policymakers on the rationale and implications when flat glass manufacturers decide to switch a flat glass melting plant into ‘hot-hold’. While having recourse to this industrial option is exceptional,

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Contribution to the revision of the ETS State aid guidelines

Contribution to the revision of the ETS State aid guidelines On 14 January 2020, the European Commission released a public consultation on draft EU guidelines on certain State aid measures in the context of the greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme, hereinafter the ‘draft ETS State aid guidelines’. The consultation suggests an approach for the

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Position paper on the proposed new Climate Law

Position paper on the proposed new Climate Law The first step towards carbon neutrality Glass for Europe, the trade association of Europe’s flat glass sector, welcomes the proposal from the European Commission to enshrine in law the objective for the EU to achieve climate-neutrality by 2050. The flat glass sector has embraced the climate neutrality

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Flat Glass in Climate-Neutral Europe

The flat glass sector is indispensable to the massive decarbonisation of the building, transport and energy sectors, which represent the lion’s share of Europe’s CO2 emissions. Flat glass manufacturing is also an energy-intensive activity. The sector takes it as its duty to reduce its own CO2 emissions, which represents a significant challenge in moving towards

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Statement on nanomaterials and glass coatings

Glass for Europe statement on Nanomaterials and glass coatings The Commission adopted on 18 October 2011 a recommendation on the definition of Nanomaterial (2011/696/EU)[1] meant to be used as a reference for determining whether a material should be considered to be a ‘nanomaterial’ for legislative and policy purposes in the European Union. Since, the definition,

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Insignificance of metals migration in European flat glass products

  A new measurement campaign confirms the insignificance of metals migration in European flat glass products For understandable public health concerns and environmental considerations, European authorities are keen to ensure that heavy metals are not released in food. Metals are not intentionally added in clear soda-lime silicate flat glass, except for aluminium[1], therefore their presence

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Position Paper on food contact materials

April 2019 Position paper on food contact materials   The European Commission is currently reviewing the existing regulatory framework on food contact materials, in particular Directive 84/500/EEC[1] for ceramic articles. Among the discussed features of a possible legislative revision are: The potential extension of the Directive’s scope to glass materials and articles, A significant reduction

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The EU ETS reform must anchor the system in sectoral realities

The EU ETS reform must anchor the system in sectoral realities Position paper on the EU ETS post-2020 (rev4) Glass for Europe welcomes the launch of the trilogue discussions on the reform of the EU ETS post 2020 after the detailed examination of the EC proposal by both the Council of the EU and the

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