Decarbonisation & energy efficiency

The glass industry wants to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions so it can compete successfully in the international markets of tomorrow. It isn’t just environmentally responsible – it’s good business sense. 

Glass already makes a significant contribution to environmental sustainability – through high performance glazing, light-weighted products and being a 100% recyclable material that meets circular economy principles. And improving resource and energy efficiency are longstanding competitive priorities for the glass sector.

Our industry has already seen: 

  • increase of 50% in the energy efficiency of UK glass furnaces over the past 40 years 
  • increase to 38.5% of the average recycled content in UK-made glass packaging 
  • millions of pounds worth of investment in waste heat recovery for UK plant from two multinational glass companies in the past three years.

British Glass is supporting the industry to decarbonise by improving the resource and energy efficiency of glass products at every stage – from raw materials and manufacturing right around to recycling. 

Over the past few years we’ve played a key role in coordinating development of the UK glass sector decarbonisation action plan, with manufacturers and government.

We continue to facilitate glass sector and cross-sector work to help the UK glass industry:

  • implement industrial waste heat recovery technology
  • increase its access to and use of cullet (glass waste for recycling)
  • remove barriers to adoption and create market pull for low-carbon products such as highly energy efficient glazing.

The Environment and Energy Committee is the focal point of British Glass decarbonisation work with its members. 


Environment & Energy Committee

The British Glass Environment and Energy Committee works to make the UK glass industry sustainable and competitive for the future. It proactively addresses policy, regulatory and legislative matters as well as technical innovation.