Fostering Innovation for a Sustainable Future: Highlights from Şişecam Glass Conference 2023
The 38th annual Şişecam Glass Conference took center stage this year, resonating with the theme “Collaborate to Innovate: For a Sustainable Future”. Held from November 2-3, 2023, this esteemed event gathered industry leaders, academics, and innovators from around the globe. Here are the key takeaways from this groundbreaking conference:
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kırman’s Vision: A Call for Global Cooperation
During the conference, Şişecam Chairman and Executive Member of the Board, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kırman, reiterated the glass industry’s potential to address pressing global challenges. He emphasized the need for industry-wide cooperation to combat income inequality and promote sustainability. Prof. Dr. Kırman urged for equal opportunities for women and stressed the importance of a comprehensive plan for a fair and sustainable world.
Şişecam’s Commitment to Sustainability
CEO Görkem Elverici outlined Şişecam’s dedication to reducing energy consumption in glass production. He highlighted ongoing renewable energy projects, emphasizing the company’s focus on fostering sustainability. Şişecam is actively investing in frosted and solar glass technologies, aiming to boost solar energy usage. The company is also spearheading efforts to minimize carbon emissions and enhance energy efficiency, with plans to expand renewable energy use at its plants eightfold by 2030.
Exploring Cutting-Edge Innovations
The conference featured enlightening keynote speeches on various topics, including “Truly Transparent Solar for Electricity Generating Facades” and “A Phosphate-Based Approach to Carbon-Neutral Glass Manufacturing”. Ten parallel sessions delved into crucial subjects like glass melting processes, energy efficiency strategies, and digitalization in the industry. A total of 72 papers, comprising 51 oral presentations and 21 posters, were presented, showcasing the industry’s latest advancements and research.
Stay tuned for more updates on how Şişecam continues to pioneer innovation and sustainability in the global glass industry. Together, we shape a future that is both innovative and environmentally responsible.
Source: Şişecam with additional information added by Apazone