EERA Secretary General Adel El Gammal has joined fellow representatives from prominent European PV research institutes and organisations, along with European PV associations and manufacturers, in calling for changes to the proposed methodologies for the Ecodesign and Energy Label legislation.
On 1 February, together in a joint letter to the European Commission, the signatories have advocated for regulations that serve the climate and the environment, and crucially, incorporate a rational and comprehensive methodological approach.
‘‘With solar energy expected to become the world’s primary energy source in the coming decades, it is crucial that solar PV materials are manufactured in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.’’
Ecodesign and Energy Labelling legislations set carbon footprint thresholds for PV modules to enter the EU market, in which signatories recognise their robust potential to promote the competitive advantage of the European PV manufacturing value chain. However, the letter states that this can only be achieved if ‘‘the carbon footprint calculation methodology prevents greenwashing and closes loopholes for manipulation.’’
Against this backdrop, the letter outlines three recommendations proposed by the ensemble of stakeholders that are vital for ensuring the competitiveness of the European PV manufacturing industry and moreover, achieving the central goals of a clean transition.
‘‘It is essential to recognize that achieving a transition to a greener economy extends beyond the mere exclusion of a small fraction of the worst modules from the EU market. What is truly required are more stringent standards.’’
Read the letter in full here.
Discover more information on the initiative here.