Zero Carbon Solar For A Sustainable World

Solar Industry Must Invest In In-House Carbon-Management System And Also Seek 3rd Party Certifications, Said TÜV Süd VP Hailang Xu At TaiyangNews Event

Zero Carbon Solar For A Sustainable World

Hailiang Xu of TÜV SÜD insisted on solar industry being mindful of its sustainability with the help of regulations and certifications. (Photo Credit: TaiyangNews)

  • TÜV SÜD’s Hailiang Xu stressed on solar industry following right regulations to ensure sustainable practices
  • More and more companies need to keep a check on their CO2 footprint and take steps to bring it down
  • Having 3rd party certifications helps bring reliability factor for their products, he added

As demand for solar increases globally, there is a need to also focus on ensuring the industry grows sustainably which can be ensured with the right regulations and certifications from 3rd parties, said solar testing, inspection, audit and certification agency TÜV SÜD’s VP Strategy and PV, Hailiang Xu during TaiyangNews Solar & Sustainability Virtual Conference 2023.

Solar power is inherently a cleaner power generation source than most others, but production of PV modules is generally not free from emissions. While there is no overnight solution to this situation, Xu believes companies need to analyze and take steps to reduce their carbon footprint.

He hailed the fact that several producers are already analyzing their CO2 footprint and taking steps to bring it down. Companies like LONGi and Envision disclose their ESG reports as part of their membership of RE100 and SBTi, and the like, he said.

While it is good to see manufacturers implementing environment friendly strategies in-house, they can also invest in having their own carbon management system while seeking 3rd party certifications for their sustainability practices.

This will not only bring down overall industry’s emissions, but also help manufacturers meet the market demand for certified sustainable and low-carbon solar products.

Government regulations like the ones in Europe with its Ecolabel system, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and its Recycling (WEEE), Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) are also an important tools to ensure allegiance to sustainability. More countries need to have such directives.

The presentation of Hailiang Xu is available on our TaiyangNews YouTube Channel. Other presentations from the event are also available for free viewing here.

About The Author

Anu Bhambhani

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR Anu is our solar news whirlwind. At TaiyangNews, she covers everything that is of importance in the world of solar power. In the past 9 years that she has been associated with TaiyangNews, she has covered over thousands of stories, and analysis pieces on markets, technology, financials, and more on a daily basis. She also hosts TaiyangNews Conferences and Webinars. Prior to joining TaiyangNews, Anu reported on sustainability, management, and education for leading print dailies in India. [email protected]

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