Glass for Europe participates in the debate on the “fit for 55” package

Glass for Europe participates in the debate on the “fit for 55” package

In both the European Parliament and the Council, the legislative debate on the fit for 55 package becomes more intense. Glass for Europe is actively participating in the discussion advocating a cautious and informed upgrade of the climate legislations and calling for prioritizing efforts in the sector with the highest CO2 savings potential, namely transport and buildings.

On February 2nd and 7th, during the stakeholder hearings held by MEP Jytte Guteland and MEP Peter Liese (rapporteur of the review of the ETS directive) respectively, Glass for Europe illustrated the necessary elements to support the flat glass journey toward a climate-neutral European Union:

  • Ensuring that the revised EU ETS is anchored with industrial and economic realities to continue to serve as an effective incentive to CO2 emission reduction.
  • Offering well-calibrated support to continuous research and development programs in new technologies to reduce CO2 emissions.
  • Upholding Europe’s high-efficiency and low-carbon flat glass production base with an adequate protection against the risk of carbon leakage.
  • Maintaining clear boundaries between the EU ETS and the new Emissions Trading Scheme for buildings and transport.

On January 25th, Glass for Europe participated in the stakeholder roundtable organized by MEP Jutta Paulus, shadow rapporteur in the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive. Glass for Europe highlighted the necessity of a strong and ambitious European Parliament in view of the future discussions with the European Council, which aims at diluting the proposal. 

To tap its full potential, Glass for Europe believes that the Energy Efficiency Directive needs to:

  • Operationalise the Energy Efficiency First principle
  • Commit the EU and Member States to the energy efficiency target
  • Ensure public bodies play the expected exemplary role
  • Support financing energy efficiency to make it real

Read position paper “A cautiously upgraded EU ETS directive”

Read the position paper “An EU ETS mechanism for buildings and transport”

Read Position paper “Energy Efficiency First and a supportive Renewable Energy framework to slash CO2 emissions in Europe”