Glass for Europe has called for a 2030 energy and climate package that fosters growth opportunities for EU industries.

The flat glass trade association, based in Brussels, said it would be inconceivable for the 2030 framework on climate and energy not to include an energy efficiency target.

Energy efficiency is the only instrument that allows Europe to simultaneously reduce GHG emissions and strengthen the competitiveness of EU based companies, by reducing energy intensity and dependence on foreign oil and to increase resource efficiency, while also providing a boost to economic activity.

The association also called for a binding energy efficiency target. All targets under the new framework need to be designed in such a way as to be mutually reinforcing, and must be legally binding to mobilise market forces, policy makers and society.

‘The 2030 framework must be designed as an instrument of growth for EU industries that are ready to deliver on the promise of a competitive low carbon economy,’ said Bertrand Cazes, Secretary General of Glass for Europe.

Therefore targets must be realistic and aligned with the competitiveness and re-industrialisation objectives of the EU.