ONE of the country’s leading glass makers has held talks with a politician about the impact of rising energy costs and other environmental pressures on Yorkshire jobs.

The region is leading the way in the industry - but Eggborough-based Saint-Gobain has underlined fears about the effect of EU emission regulations and energy policy.

On a visit to the firm, Yorkshire MEP Timothy Kirkhope learned how the company is increasing the amount of recycled glass used to make new products.

Jenni Staves, of British Glass, the industry’s trade association which organised the visit, welcomed an opportunity to show the MEP the process.

“We discussed with him how Europe is affecting our industry at the moment, particularly in relation to high energy costs,” she added.