Verescence is electrifying its furnaces.
Furnace one at the Mers-les-Bains plant in France will be the company's first furnace to use this technology in 2025.
The company previously committed to the Vercane R&D project for carbon-neutral glass, supported by ADEME (the French agency for ecological transition). The goal is to determine different energy sources capable of powering glass production in a sustainable way, including electricity.
The progressive electrification of its seven melting furnaces in France, Spain, the United States and South Korea will reportedly allow Verescence to reduce its CO2 emissions by 40% by 2034 (scopes 1 and 2).
Hélène Marchand, general manager, France, comments: “I’m pleased to announce this major development which will allow us to decrease by half our CO2 emissions in less than 10 years in France and bring us even closer to our zero-carbon ambition by 2050. Our new electric furnace one on which we have been working for more than a year will be the Group's pilot furnace.”