New carbon pledges by international glass manufacturer NSG Group have been certified as science based, as its UK subsidiary Pilkington UK completes a string of world-first trials towards achieving decarbonisation.
The NSG Group will reduce its carbon emissions by 30% compared with 2018 levels, by 2030. It forms part of a wider plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, from emissions directly associated with its manufacturing to carbon produced in its supply chain.
The glass giant’s carbon pledge has been certified as science based by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), meaning it will effectively help to limit the average rise of global temperature to well below 2°C on pre-industrial revolution levels.
Pilkington UK in St Helens, Merseyside, is pioneering the Group’s efforts to decarbonise its manufacturing operations after completing several world-first trials of low carbon biofuel and zero carbon hydrogen fuels to fire its glass furnace.
Pilkington UK has worked with HyNet, a decarbonisation project working across the North West, to manufacture architectural glass using hydrogen instead of natural gas. The trial established that the float glass furnace, which accounts for around half of the UK company’s overall carbon emissions, can be run with significantly lower emissions without impacting product quality.
This year, Pilkington UK also became the world’s first flat glass manufacturer to fire its furnace on 100% biofuel, which emits substantially less CO2 than natural gas traditionally used in the sector. The fuel derived from waste materials powered the furnace in St Helens entirely for four days, and at the time this created 165,000m2 of lower carbon float glass.