International Year of Glass 2022

2022 - The UN International Year of Glass


Join us in celebrating this dedicated year to GLASS!


Glass Alliance Europe will host an event in the autumn – the date will be finalised very soon - with the EU institutions. We want to show you how the glass industry is a key-enabler of sustainable growth and prosperity in Europe. Our industry is a forward-looking innovative and highly strategic sector from which the EU benefits greatly. The glass industry invests continuously in R&D to exploit technical potentialities of the material and its endless potential applications.


Historical Recognition for GLASS: 2022 is the International Year of Glass
GLASS has been finally recognised as essential material by the United Nations. This is a great opportunity to raise global awareness on the positive role of glass in healthy living and to show the commitment of the European Glass industry to build a better future to the world.

Our event will focus specifically on how glass contributes to the following United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
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  • SDG 3: Achieving good health & well-being
  • SDG 7: Providing affordable and clean energy
  • SDG 9: Triggering industry innovation & Infrastructure
  • SDG 11: Growing sustainable cities and communities
  • SDG 12: Offering responsible production & consumption
  • SDG 13: Taking climate action

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What is the International Year of Glass?


On 18 May 2021, the United Nations approved a resolution promoting 2022 as a United Nations International Year of Glass. A series of events, meetings and conferences to celebrate glass will take place across the globe. It’s a great opportunity to raise global awareness on the positive role of glass in healthy living.

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Why glass?


We are living in a ‘Glass Age’ and the UN aims for the International year of glass to underline the scientific, economic and cultural roles of glass throughout the world in the context of the UN 2030 sustainability goals. Glass supports many vital technologies and facilitates sustainability and a green world; it enriches our lives, yet so often goes unnoticed.

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“Glass, The Hidden Gem In A Carbon Neutral Future”, says Nature
Glass products are indispensable to the transition towards a climate-neutral circular economy: for renovating buildings, producing more renewable electricity, decarbonising means of transport and making sustainable packaging. Glass also contributes to the digitalisation revolution.

In short: glass creates the conditions of prosperity, a symbiosis with society and decision-makers.

Glass is the future!

How to get involved?

Thousands of activities across the planet are happening. Congresses, scientific and technical seminars, industrial fairs and glass schools will coexist alongside artistic exhibitions, books and technical publications, articles in the press and social media, on the radio and TV.

Many international events are already confirmed, including a two-day celebratory Opening Conference planned in Geneva on 10-11th February 2022. 

Join the Global sponsorship campaign.  Check out the SPONSORSHIP leaflet on how to get involved, as a key PARTNER or simply as a FRIEND.

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