Philippe Bastien

Chairman, Glass for Europe & Regional President, AGC Glass Europe, Belgium

Ph. Bastien joined the company, formerly Glaverbel, in 1992, as management controller and subsidiary’s financial manager. In 1998, he was appointed as marketing manager for the building glass products in Europe. In 2008, he became President of AGC Solar SBU (solar glass products), in charge of the worldwide operations of this AGC strategic business. From 2012 to 2017, he led the Building & Industrial Glass Division as General Manager.

In 2018, Ph. Bastien has also been an executive officer at AGC and Vice-President of Glass For Europe, the trade association for Europe’s flat glass sector and became Chairman in 2020.

12:20 - 12:50 PM

Day - 2 11 Feb

Sustainability in the flat glass sector: a solid track record to transform an industry vision into reality

Glass is a unique material going through the centuries thanks to its continuous evolution and adaptability to the needs of people (safety, security, comfort, etc.) and to those of societies as they evolve towards greater energy and environmental conservation. These adaptations were made possible by the glass industry, which embraced these challenges to deliver solutions meeting new architectural and automotive trends.
More than ever, the industry is ready to take up the sustainability challenge and to contribute to the fullest to the transition towards a climate neutral Europe. The European flat glass sector takes it as its role to produce the materials essential for renovating Europe’s buildings, for supporting the clean mobility transition and for increasing the share of renewable solar energy in Europe. While already providing net carbon-avoidance products, the flat glass sector is looking into ways to massively scale up its contributions to the EU’s climate neutrality objective, including by developing novel ways to lower its industrial emissions. Philippe Bastien will give an overview of the glass industry evolution and how the industry takes up this sustainability challenge.