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Glass industries Alliance unites on sustainability

Nineteen national glass associations and industry sectors around Europe have joined forces to form Glass Alliance Europe, a new alliance that will work on issues of climate change and sustainability.

The alliance declares a “shared belief” that the glass products needed for a low carbon, resource efficient and sustainable European future should be produced in Europe.

“The EU should take account of the positive role glass industries play in securing the EU’s sustainability objectives, so EU policies need to be guided by strong long-term environmental goals rather than by short-term fund raising potential,” the alliance states.

“Sustainability is the main objective driving industries today, and industries need to work across value chains and across sectors, not in isolation,” says Niall Wall president of FEVE, the Container Glass Association, and founding member of the new Glass Alliance Europe.

In the coming months, Glass Alliance Europe will elaborate on this message to highlight the positive contributions of glass industries to the future of Europe.

By recycling 68% of all its glass jars and bottles in the EU, the glass packaging sector helps to reduce the amount of virgin raw materials, the energy needed to melt glass and CO2 emissions as well as ensuring that this waste is diverted from landfill.