Volume 43, Issue 9 - September 2008
In Dallas at the GANA Fall Conference September 8-10th, the Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) Flat Glass Manufacturing Division Climate Change Committee will continue its efforts at making the case for special flat glass industry consideration during the full division meeting. For review, the case in short is:
• The flat glass industry is energy intensive;
• Despite recent improvements in reducing emissions, the technology to make dramatic further improvements is not on the horizon;
• Flat glass is critical to achieving greater energy efficiency in buildings and automobiles; and
• Flat glass is also vital to the solar power industry.
THE NEXT SHOE DROPS
GHG SUPPORT REMAINS
“The problems with energy prices have really happened in the last few months,” Sierra Club global warming lobbyist Dave Hamilton said in the report. “We somehow failed in making that a priority, and I think we have a huge amount [of work] to do on energy policy.”
The point is that GHG regulation will be back in 2009. Activist groups that support the most extreme regimes of GHG regulation are reframing their message in ways that will be able to withstand continued high fuel costs.
How can our industry act?
• Contact GANA if you are interested in getting involved on GANA: Energy issues; and
• Plan to attend GANA’s Glass Week and the Building Envelope Contractors
Conference in February 2009. GANA is assembling a program that will include top glass industry executives and national caliber energy advocacy speakers that are sure to entertain, educate and motivate.