St Helens’ ground-breaking Glass Futures takes the stage at COP26

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow

Glass Futures will put the Liverpool City Region at the forefront of decarbonising the global glass industry, an event at COP26 in Glasgow.

Councillor David Baines, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Portfolio Holder for Climate Emergency and Renewable Energy and Leader of St Helens Borough Council, told the event how the 54 million GBP project will create the world’s first openly accessible test and trial furnace facility, which will be used to deliver industry and government-backed R&D projects focused on decarbonising glass production, and also providing a platform for industry to test and trial their own commercial ideas on a state-of-the-art line, both collaboratively and individually.

Based in the traditional centre of the UK glass making industry in St Helens, Glass Futures is a unique, industry-backed Research and Technology Organisation, leading collaboration across some of the largest companies in the global glass industry and its supply chain, together with academia and local and central government.