(Teleborsa) – The Italian industry of glass, after a particularly difficult 2020, in the first half of 2021 it begins to register positive signs: some sectors, such as that of flat glass for construction, could fully recover the very marked decline of 2020 already at the end of the year. however, it sets demanding and challenging objectives for the sector. There Climate Law europea recently launched, Fit for 55% – the package of 14 legislative proposals that update the entire framework of the EU’s climate and energy objectives to 2030 – and the PNRR urgently require a strategy that manages to combine the decarbonizzazione of the economy and the conservation of productive activities.
L’Assovetro annual meeting, the Italian Association of Glass Manufacturers, which this year took place in the presence, to signal the return to normality, examined the emergencies current and the challenges posed by a future that is still uncertain both from a health and economic point of view. The glass industry is an excellence of Made in Italy, it is the second European manufacturing in the sector for volumes produced and the first in the packaging sector and produces a turnover of about 6 billion, employing 29,000 direct employees. Italy is also confirmed as one of the most virtuous countries in Europe on the environmental front; in fact, in 2020 it reached the goal of 79% recycling of glass containers, doubling the quantities recycled in 20 years: it was 38.8% in 1998.
“The total of resources made available by Europe to cope with the pandemic crisis exceeds 1,000 billion – underlined Graziano Marcovecchio, President of Assovetro – while the Italian PNRR has 191 billion between 2021 and 2026. Unfortunately, however, for the basic industry, characterized by high investments and high energy consumption such as glass, the PNRR does not provide for any specific measure as do, for example, nations such as France, which has provided a fund for the decarbonisation of production processes, or Germany, with the substantial Fund for Industrial Research. In this way, Italy risks losing competitiveness, production capacity and jobs compared to the manufacturers of other countries ”.
To address the change in the energy and environmental paradigm traced by Europe, Assovetro, together with the other energy intensive sectors, presented to the Government a road map towards the decarbonizzazione, which aims to achieve, with a balanced mix of system solutions, the carbon neutrality of productions with an investment plan which foresees, by 2030, investments of 15 billion euros for the energy intensive sectors.
During the Assembly it was recalled that in 2020 the employment contract for the glass sector was renewed, testifying to the spirit of collaboration that distinguishes Assovetro’s industrial relations. Furthermore, in April 2020, in advance of the entire production world, a joint protocol was issued for the implementation of urgent containment measures from the contagion of COVID-19, the first step to defend the health of workers in the manufacturing industry. glass and to preserve the safety of the workplace and, at the end of the lockdown, a National Program Agreement was signed for the adoption – in the workplaces of the Glass Companies – of preventive anti-contagion measures, in order to guarantee recovery in safety of the productive activity. Assovetro also pays particular attention to accident dynamics. In fact, in the last 10 years, the injury frequency index has decreased to just over a third, as has the severity index.