There are many paths towards decarbonisation that guarantee the future of the European glass industry within the framework of a climateneutral circular economy.
In all of them, transition will require huge public and private investment to implement new disruptive technologies.
In the sector, more efficient furnaces are already appearing, with greater use of clean energies and recycled glass. Amongst them are improved hybrid furnaces which make it possible to reduce direct CO2 emission by 60% and the emissions of the entire installation by 50%, as 80% of natural gas is replaced by renewable electricity. The emission reduction potential of this technology is even greater if it is combined with other innovative energy sources, such as hydrogen or biogas.
Apart from individual decarbonization projects directed by companies, the European Federation of Container Glass Manufacturers (FEVE) is fostering sector projects to achieve climate neutrality and is analysing the potential of hybrid furnaces to complement existing carbon reduction initiatives.