The European glass packaging industry offers its customers in Europe and around the world a wide range of glass packaging products for food, beverages, perfumery, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. With over 160 production sites spread across Europe, the industry makes an important contribution to Europe’s economy and employs around 125,000 people, while creating numerous jobs along the entire supply chain.
The glass industry is committed to making the production of glass more sustainable and works with customers to develop innovative and environmentally friendly packaging. Every year, the industry invests 610 million euros in decarbonisation, energy efficiency and modernisation of plants to achieve climate neutrality. While glass production continues to grow, energy consumption has been reduced by almost 50% in 40 years, while CO2 emissions have decreased by 70% in 50 years.
FEVE – the European Container Glass Federation – was founded in 1977 and is the official voice of the glass industry in Europe. With around 60 corporate members belonging to some 20 independent business groups, it promotes glass as an ideal packaging material for its unique environmental, economic and social benefits. Explore more about FEVE’s story and the federation’s members and partners.
The Federation ensures that members are informed about EU developments in Life Cycle Assessments, Packaging and Packaging Waste initiatives, developments in sustainable production and consumption, the European Emissions Trading Scheme, REACH, and many other dossiers. You can learn more about our positions and policies here.
We have made it our mission to make glass that creates a better future – a world where the planet and people are healthier and happier than they are today. Our Manifesto sets out our priorities and vision for glass packaging and how we will achieve them. It is a written reflection of who we are. Discover our core principles and philosophy.
Glass packaging is a local industry. In fact, in 2021 more than 83.3 billion bottles and jars were produced in manufacturing plants in over 20 European countries, Switzerland and Turkey, making it one of the largest centres for glass container production in the world. For decades, glass has been successfully collected for recycling via an extensive network of kerbside and bottle bank collection systems across the EU – reaching record collection rates of 80% in 2020.
Container glass manufacturers specialise in the production of glass for food and beverages, including cooking sauces, jams, preserves, water, oil and vinegar. Since 2012, container glass production has increased by 18.6%, with an average growth rate of 1.7% per year.
In addition, the industry also produces glass flacons for cosmetics, pharmacies and perfumes, as well as machine-made tableware. The production of glass flacons for perfumery, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals also recorded growth of 2.2% last year, reaching a total of 13.6 billion units.
Discover our 4 main initiatives that make up the glass packaging industry’s ecosystem and aim at creating a more sustainable world for future generations.
Read how glass is supporting customers with sustainability, responsible production and consumption, and technological innovation in our industry case studies.
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