Dr. NICHOLAS KIRK
Glass Technology Services Ltd., UK
Nick has been at GTS for over 15 years, the organisation which provides technical support to glass sector and the supply chain. He now provides technical leadership and consultation within organisation and to the wider glass supply chain including, energy efficiency, recycling, raw material utilisation, product innovation, process improvements, product verification and as a legal technical expert.
Nick has been involved in glass sector since his PhD on glass surface chemistry in the early ’90s. He represents the interest of the glass sector nationally and internationally as well as fostering the innovation and collaboration to secure a sustainable future for glass.
Nick is active on the 2050 decarbonisation action plan working with the UK Government and stakeholders to develop the opportunities and technology to reduce the CO2 impact from the glass manufacturing process. He also works on recycling legislation and policy, food contact material legislation, packaging and flat glass standards to name a few.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), with over 25 years’ experience in the glass industry including being a project manager at TECO and an environmental glass consultant before joining GTS in 2003.
Waste Not Want Not – Utilisation of Waste in The Production of Glass
The glass industry is heading for decarbonisation, which is being driven by the desire of glass manufacturers, consumers and governments to have a more sustainable future for manufacturing and to halt global warning. The glass industry has been working together to identify new technologies and practices that will reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact. Glass Technology Services has been supporting the UK Decarbonisation Action Plan by investigating the use of alternative raw materials from industrial waste materials, lower melting point glass compositions, bio-fuels, hydrogen combustion, glass recycling from end of life buildings, pelletisation of raw materials to name a few. This presentation will review the medium and long term solutions to decarbonisation in order to share experience and continue to engage the global glass industry in the challenge of decarbonisation.