A Carbon-neutral Economy by 2050

Updated: Jan 15

Energy can be saved mainly through buildings, which consume huge volumes of energy. To achieve a carbon-neutral economy by 2050, reducing the energy consumption of buildings is essential.

The latest research from Glass for Europe found energy consumption would be reduced by 32% by 2030 if high-performance glass was used. In 2050, it could be as much as 42%.

High-performance glazing has the potential to contribute greatly to reducing CO2 emissions.


The glazing provides high light transmittance while also controlling solar radiation transmission. This helps to create well-lit spaces and to prevent overheating during summer months. In winter, buildings may be effectively protected from the effects of heat transfer by thermal insulation. These properties make these products a common choice for modern and energy-efficient buildings.


High-performance glazing was used on the facade of London's iconic Cheesegrater building. The building has 75,000m² of facade featuring a curtain wall that is double glazed. Allowing for high solar protection on the neutral-looking glass.


Energy standards are designed to be good for business and the environment and need to be considered early in the design process.


Leading glass suppliers offer many advantages for aesthetics, economy and energy efficiency. The high-performance glass provides outstanding light transmission, solar protection and thermal insulation. Minimising the need for artificial light and reducing energy consumption.


Almost half of the potential savings forecast for 2030 could be achieved in the first 10 years by simply using high-performance glass. In the scale of Europe, this would mean producing 240 million tonnes less of CO2.