British Glass CEO Dave Dalton has been named chairman of an Energy Intensive Users Group.

The group represents the interests of energy intensive industrial consumers and the change in chair comes at a challenging time for energy intensive industries with unprecedented energy costs.

Mr Dalton has taken over from Richard Leese of the Mineral Products Association and will be supported by British Glass Federation Manager Jenni Richards as co-chair during the two-year term.

The next six months will determine whether some energy intensive companies can continue to manufacture in the UK or export production abroad.

Many energy intensive sectors and subsectors have already relocated, but those products are still imported into the UK for use.

Dave said: “Energy intensive industries like the glass sector need competitively priced, reliable and sustainable energy supplies in order to keep processes running.

"At present, this is simply not the case and the cost to our industries could be very high. Government needs to act quickly and decisively, and we are here as a group to hold them to account.

“Over the next two years as EIUG Chair I hope we can work with Government to ensure a long-term energy strategy that will enable and incentivise energy intensive sectors to decarbonise and remain internationally competitive so that we can continue to manufacture in the UK, contributing to UK GDP and supporting jobs and communities across the industrial heartlands.”