British Glass has published a road map for the industry to reach net zero by 2050, based on renewables, hydrogen, CCS, and greater recycling levels.
Glass is set to play an increasingly critical role in the UK’s green economy as a core material for use in solar panels, wind turbines, insulation, double and triple glazing, and lighter-weight road vehicles. But the sector is energy intensive and largely reliant on fossil fuels.
Published on 19 July, British Glass unveiled its vision for a net zero glass manufacturing chain by 2050, with the publication of a major new strategy focused on shifting to renewable electricity and hydrogen fuels, increasing glass recycling, and harnessing carbon capture and storage.
The Net Zero Strategy aims to reduce combustion emissions for the sector by 0.397 tCO2/t, process emissions by 0.074 tCO2/t and other emissions by 0.198 tCO2/t. It outlines the options to enable glass manufacturers to meet these targets, as well as improving energy efficiency and support other sectors to decarbonise.
It sets out both the potential to switch furnaces to run either on renewable electricity or harness hydrogen as an alternative fuel. According to the document, large scale industrial demonstration of oxyfuel hybrid furnaces capable of running on up to 80% electricity enables this technology to be adopted in the container glass sector. Hybrid furnaces with a lower electricity input could be utilised by the flat glass sector and some smaller furnaces (<250 t/d) are converted to all-electric.
But it cautioned that improvements to the electricity grid, government support for upgrading site connections and policies on electricity pricing for large industrial users enable the sector to gradually transition are required.
Hydrogen may also be a viable option to replace natural gas for plants and processes where switching to electricity is not possible. Hydrogen would need to be Green Hydrogen or it would just transfer the carbon emission elsewhere, meaning that this hydrogen fuel would be created by using electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar or hydro instead of fossil fuels. Under the plan, hydrogen is initially available inside the clusters by 2030 and the hydrogen network is extended to reach all glass sites by 2050. Sites using hybrid furnaces gradually transition to hydrogen from natural gas as it becomes available.
British Glass also said improvements in glass container recycling rates could also play a key role in driving down emissions, alongside greater research into using alternative raw materials that could enable sites to replace some raw materials in the manufacturing process.
GridBeyond’s CEO and Co-founder, Michael Phelan, commented:
“Crucially this strategy mentions little about the glass sector’s potential to support the nation’s transition to net zero by providing balancing services to the grid that support higher integration of renewables. At GridBeyond we are supporting glass manufacturers to do just that.
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GridBeyond works with the leading global glass manufacturers to boost sustainability and profitability. We worked with Ardagh to gain international sustainability recognition and awards.
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Bishwa Giri – Energy Manager Glass Europe, Ardagh Group
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