In the previous post Glass Replacement Queen Creek talked about the issues of energy efficiency affecting the U.S. glass industry and the benefits of implementing energy efficiency technologies. We concluded that energy efficiency was not simply desirable for the U.S. glass manufacturers but could readily become an important source of their strategic advantage. Today it is useful to look at what the U.S. glass industry is doing to achieve better energy and environmental compliance. Glass Replacement Queen Creek believes that glass manufacturers in the United States are doing a lot to enhance the efficiency of their energy systems and solutions.
It should be noted that natural gas and electricity make up the bulk of energy consumed by U.S. glass manufacturers. The lion’s share of all energy consumed by the U.S. glass industry goes to glass melting. It is the discussed combination of natural gas and electricity that drives and supports glass melting. Heating takes almost 70 percent of all energy in the American glass sector. However, over the past decade U.S. glass manufacturers have advanced themselves considerably toward greater environmental and energy compliance. Glass Replacement Queen Creek has learned that almost all leading manufacturers of glass in the United States voluntarily participate in a wide range of various programs protecting the environment and employee health and safety. The Environmental Protection Agency encourages and involves almost every third glass manufacturer in America in its programs. In the meantime, the industry invests sizeable resources in research and development. For example, given the risks of asbestos effects on employee health, the U.S. Glass Industry has initiated a nation-wide research of fiber glass manufacturing. As a result, it was generally concluded that the production of fiber glass was low-risk and safe to health and safety of all stakeholders. In 1994 alone, U.S. glass manufacturers spent $250 million on environmental efforts. These, however, are merely the beginnings of the broad movement toward greater efficiency and better environmental protection in U.S. glass.