Green Innovation for Future of Glass Technology


The EU, a global glass production leader, generated 39.12 million tonnes in 2021, a 6.1% increase from 2020. However, the energy-intensive nature of the industry, consuming 4.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually (4% of Europe's industrial consumption), poses environmental challenges. The high temperature melting process alone accounts for over 75% of energy requirements, emitting 17 Mt of CO2 in 2021. GIFFT aims to address these issues.

GIFFT activities

GIFFT focuses on developing a sustainable, hybrid, and biofuel-flexible heat production technology for industrial glass manufacturing, leveraging plasma-assisted combustion and gasification systems.

  • Develop an integrated heat production technology using biomass/waste and renewable electricity for syngas production in glass manufacturing
  • Develop and validate at Technology Readiness Level 5 (TRL5) the key enabling technologies required for realising the GIFFT process
  • Verify the techno-economic feasibility and environmental impact of the innovative GIFFT technology and process applications in the European glass manufacturing process


  • GIFFT aims to revolutionize the glass manufacturing industry by developing and validating key enabling technologies, including plasma-assisted gasification and combustion. This forms the basis for a low-cost and flexible process that integrates biomass and other energy sources.
  • The methodology includes technical and concept development, biomass ash handling, and validation of key technologies through industrial testing. Techno-economic and site-specific analyses assess the feasibility, competitiveness, and optimization of the GIFFT process.
  • Effective communication and dissemination strategies ensure the project's impact reaches stakeholders, and continuous improvement is emphasized through iterative development based on feedback and feasibility studies. GIFFT is dedicated to creating a sustainable and efficient future for glass manufacturing.

This project has received funding from the Horizon Europe program under grant agreement No 101122257. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) . Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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