NSG Group will test the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel on its float furnace at NSG Pilkington Greengate Works in St. Helens, UK.

The initiative is part of a project managed by HyNet, a consortium of industries in the North West of England, aimed at reducing carbon emissions from industry, homes and transport.

NSG Group will investigate whether hydrogen can be used to wholly or partly replace the natural gas and oil that are the standard fuels for the glassmaking industries.

If all of the natural gas can be replaced with hydrogen this would reduce emissions of CO2 by around 80%.

The work is supported by £5.2m of funding from the UK government under the Industrial Fuel Switching Scheme with first trials planned for November 2020.

By 2030, NSG targets to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 21% compared to the 2018 level.

Over the past three years, the company said it has reduced CO2 emissions per production unit by 5% with ongoing measures to reduce energy usage and CO2 emissions.