A 2030 plan for climate and energy policy is inconceivable without a target on energy efficiency supported by clear and cost-effective objectives for each of the main economic sectors.

This is, in short, the message Glass for Europe will convey in its response to a consultation launched by the European Commission with the release of its Green Paper addressing a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies.

Bertrand Cazes, Secretary General of Glass for Europe, said: “Energy efficiency is at the core of all activities of flat glass manufacturers. The desire to save energy is behind the purchase of our products and is the main focus of research and product development in our industry.

"Energy efficiency is the only horizon for our business, and it is the primary concern in the daily operations of our manufacturing facilities. We are therefore disappointed by the timorous approach of the Commission’s green paper on energy efficiency.”

Glass for Europe supports the view that any target needs to be assessed in light of the need for Europe to strengthen the competitiveness of its economy and industry. This is true for the energy efficiency potential in each of the sectors of the economy.

Glass for Europe said it would call for a binding energy efficiency target that will support economic growth, sustain the competitiveness of Europe’s industries and facilitate the transition towards a low-carbon economy across all sectors.