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Energy Use and CO2 emissions (EU ETS)

Energy Use and CO2 output

The glass manufacturing industry is energy-intensive and thus by its very nature tends to produce CO2. In spite of this, the industry is a positive contributor to global efforts to reduce overall CO2 emissions from human economic activity. This is done not only by constantly applying the most efficient available methods and technologies to our manufacturing processes; a significant part of the glass industry's contribution also flows from the fact that our products can make buildings and houses far more energy-efficient than they traditionally have been, for example by using or blocking solar heat as the requirements may be, and through highly effective insulating properties of modern windows and glass façades. As a consequence the CO2 emitted during production is offset after only a few months of use of energy-efficient glazing. Therefore during the lifetime of a window, the CO2 emitted during production is more than compensated by the huge energy savings realized.

The EU ETS directive and carbon leakage

In the context of the revised EU directive establishing a greenhouse gas Emission Trading Schemes, ETS, the flat glass manufacturing industry is considered as exposed to a significant risk of carbon leakage. It means that the flat glass industry, along with other industries considered alike, is benefiting from free CO2 allowances up to the levels required by least CO2 emitting installations, i.e. up to the benchmark level.

On July 2015, the European Commission released a proposal to reform the functioning of the EU ETS scheme after 2020. With its experience of the third trading period of the EU ETS, Glass for Europe will actively participate to the debate on this Commission proposal and related carbon leakage provisions.

The EU ETS reform must anchor the system in sectoral realities
Glass for Europe Position paper NOVEMBER 2016

EU ETS REVIEW - Post 2020
Glass for Europe Infographic


Related Document(s)

Ensuring effective protection against carbon leakage after 2020. A must for the European-based flat glass industry
Glass for Europe Position paper SEPTEMBER 2014

 How to improve the carbon leakage risk assessment?

 Why benchmarks should be based on real and verified data?