Glass for Europe’s Insights on Reducing Carbon Emissions in Buildings: Responding to the Public Consultation”

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Glass for Europe’s Response to the EU Building Decarbonization Consultation

Glass for Europe, a leading advocate for sustainable glass solutions, is taking a proactive stance in the pursuit of decarbonizing the EU building stock. Today, we proudly announce our submission of comprehensive insights and recommendations in response to the European Commission’s consultation on this critical subject.

The Crucial Role of a Life Cycle Approach

As part of the Renovation Wave strategy, the European Commission has set forth a commitment to develop a roadmap aimed at reducing the entire life cycle carbon footprint of buildings. At Glass for Europe, we wholeheartedly endorse this life cycle approach, which addresses emissions from the inception to the end of a building’s life. Central to this approach is the harmonious equilibrium between embodied and operational emissions to achieve the most favorable carbon footprint for buildings.

Harnessing the Power of High-Efficiency Glazing

We emphasize the critical role of high-energy-efficient glazing in significantly reducing CO2 emissions during the operational phase of buildings. By minimizing heating and cooling needs, high-efficiency glazing optimizes energy consumption and contributes to the sustainability of structures.

A Commitment to Sustainable Glass Production

Paving the Way for Low-Carbon Glass Manufacturing

To reduce the whole life cycle carbon footprint of buildings, we recognize the imperative of promoting low-carbon glass production within the EU. Additionally, Glass for Europe advocates for the adoption of closed-loop recycling processes for flat glass products. In our recommendations, we underline the importance of:

  • Developing a harmonized European-level life cycle analysis that encompasses the entire building.
  • Maximizing energy efficiency throughout the building’s lifecycle and phasing out inefficient building components.
  • Intensifying efforts to recover and recycle construction materials sustainably.

Source: Glass for Europe with additional information added by Apazone

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