On 16 March 2023, the European Commission published the Net Zero Industry Act (NZIA) and proposed to set a 40% target for the production of strategic net-zero technologies in Europe by 2030. To meet its NZIA target, the wind industry will need to increase its production by at least 20GW, which in turn will increase the wind energy demand for glass fibre (used in the construction of the blades, nacelle and hub covers) by 0.1602 million MT. In fact, the origin of this additional glass fibre supply will be key to Europe’s resilience. EU glass fibre producers are willing to ramp up production and call for measures to be put in place to safeguard the profitability of European investments and boost local production.
Glass Fibre Europe made the assessment of the NZIA impact on glass fibre demand and proposes measures to effectively support the resilience of the industry and its value chain in Europe (see below)