The hydrogen project (H2)

The HYDROGEN PROJECT (H2) is one of the most promising programs led by Saverglass.

THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE AT SAVERGLASS

The Carbon Status Report we completed in 2020, showed that we already achieved a decrease in our emissions by 11% between 2009 and 2019. We have now defined an ambitious low-carbon roadmap and have set up an approach aimed at decarbonizing our activity in stages. Our goal is carbon neutrality by 2050!

Our low-carbon roadmap includes the following main areas of work:

  • improving our energy efficiency ;
  • increasing the share of clean energy we use to manufacture glass.

 

We have a concrete and detailed action plan to achieve our goal.

Among these actions, the HYDROGEN PROJECT (H2) is one of the most promising programs led by Saverglass.

WHAT IS THE "HYDROGEN PROJECT" (H2)?

DECARBONIZATION: A KEY OBJECTIVE FOR SAVERGLASS 

Glass manufacturing is energy-intensive and therefore highly emissive of GHGs (greenhouse gases).

To melt the sand, the limestone and the sodium carbonate which compose the glass requires the furnaces be heated to 1,500°C.  And they are mainly fueled by natural gas.

In the face of global warming, we believe decarbonizing our activity is an imperative.

To achieve our goal, we are using and studying all the levers available.  For example, 

  • recovering heat from our flue gases using regenerators, 
  • rethinking the design of our furnaces and glass recipes, 
  • and also  exploiting intelligent technologies to save energy.

We are also working on the source of the energy consumed and the supply of the furnaces. Ultimately, our goal is low-carbon glass and the gradual reduction of CO2 emissions throughout the value chain, both the upstream and downstream activity.