In March 2013, the Commission opened up the debate about the EU future framework for climate and energy policies by 2030. The EU has currently such framework for the horizon 2020, which is made of 3 objectives, a 20% reduction of greenhouse gases emission, a 20% share of renewable in the energy mix and a 20% energy efficiency objective. Out of these 3 objectives, only the GHG emission ones and the renewable one are legally binding, while the energy efficiency objective remains aspirational. Unsurprisingly, only the two binding objectives are currently on track to be met.
Glass for Europe members operate an energy-intensive manufacturing process to produce glass products, which are then used in buildings and transport to save energy and reduce CO2 emissions and in the solar-energy industry to generate clean energy. The design of a smart 2030 framework is therefore of high importance to the flat glass industry.
Glass for Europe strongly believes that lessons from the 2020 framework need to be drawn and that a change in focus is needed for the 2030 framework.
To boost competitiveness, to support job creation, to address issues of high energy costs and to deliver on the promise of a competitive low carbon economy, Glass for Europe calls on energy efficiency to be the cornerstone of the new framework with a dedicated target, building on sectorial potentials for cost-effective improvements.
Glass for Europe has developed a comprehensive position on the 2030 energy and climate framework. To learn more, please visit the following documents:
Position of the Energy Efficiency Industrial Forum on the 2030 energy and climate framework – Glass for Europe is a member of this unique gathering of business organisations whose business model is to sell energy efficiency products and services.