The European Commission has prioritised buildings and transport as the sectors where energy efficiency gains must be made.

Glass for Europe trade association said it was positive news for the flat glass industry as it has readily available solutions for these two sectors.

The commission’s Energy Union framework, released yesterday, stated that the two sectors could deliver huge energy savings.

Glass for Europe's Secretary General, Bertrand Cazes, said: “What is most encouraging to our industry is the clear signal given by the European Commission that buildings and transports are the priority sectors in which most energy efficiency gains must be reaped.

He added: “With targeted and robust actions, both the EU energy efficiency and decarbonisation objectives can easily be surpassed and our industry has energy efficient glass solutions ready for use in these two sectors.”

The commission also highlighted that its European Fund for Strategic Investment provides an opportunity for major investments in building renovation.