Towards a climate neutral EU:
efficient allocation of EU funds

Decarbonizing the glass industry with renewable hydrogen - the case of Hrastnik1860 in Slovenia

Organisation: Umanotera Website: Added: July 07, 2023
Project start date: January 01, 2023
Project end date: December 31, 2026


The glass industry is a major source of GHG emissions in Europe. Glass production is an energy-intensive process and carbon emissions from the production of glass come to a large extent from the combustion of natural gas. Glass is an inert packaging that can be recycled many times so it potentially is sustainable packaging. Ideally, glass is circulated in industrial loops powered only by renewable energy. Hrastnik1860 is a leading global glass manufacturer that has started to replace natural gas with hydrogen. The use of the latter in hybrid furnaces enables the transition to renewable energy through the production of hydrogen from electricity obtained from renewable energy. Hrastnik1860 collaborates with knowledge institutions around Europe in the H2GLASS Horizon 2020 project, in order to advance glass manufacturing based on renewable hydrogen. Industrial research and pilot projects like this one contribute to the transition towards carbon neutrality by mid century.

Financial data

Hrastnik1860 share in the Horizon project: EUR 4.9 million (EUR 2.9 million EU, 2 million own funds)


Focus EU (research, development and demonstration) funding on solutions that are consistent with the transition to carbon neutrality. Emission reduction projects should focus on the phase-out of fossil fuels in industry and manufacturing rather than on using and burning fossil fuels more efficiently. Deep decarbonisation is what is needed, not marginal efficiency improvements.

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European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.