Environmental Footprint Task Force

Environmental Footprinting becomes increasingly important for the envisioned single market for green products in the European Union and internationally. Today electricity is being benchmarked and labelled with a multitude of multi- and one-dimensional criteria (e.g. Carbon Footprint, Green Sourcing etc.). Moreover, Environmental Footprinting becomes part of tender criteria for RES in some countries already today and will most likely become more relevant in the electricity markets of the future.

Therefore, SolarPower Europe launched a dedicative Task Force to monitor and contribute to PV-relevant environmental footprint initiatives.

Current focus of the Environmental Footprint Task Force:

In the framework of the Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019, the European Commission is currently exploring the potential of policy instruments such as Ecodesign, Energy Labelling and Ecolabel for PV systems. The Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives are the two pillars of the European policy for energy efficient products. Products covered by the Ecodesign Directive can only be put on the European market if they fulfil minimum requirements related to energy efficiency and circular economy. The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary label promoting environmental excellence by identifying products and services with reduced environmental impact.

The Task Force will provide the necessary technical feedback on behalf of the solar industry to the Commission and support the consultant in charge of the preparatory study to be launched in the second half of 2017.

Previous activities of the Environmental Footprint Task Force include:

  • Support the Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (EU PEF Pilot) for Photovoltaic Electricity Generation
  • Stakeholder participation in Photovoltaic Module Sustainability Leadership Standard development (NSF / Green Electronics Council / SVTC initiative)
  • Stakeholder participation in IEC process Future IEC 62xxx Ed.1: Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Risk Assessment for the sustainability of PV module manufacturing - Part 1: General principles and definition of terms (Project Number IEC 62994-1 Ed.1) 
  • Development of a relevant fact sheets

For more information on the activities of this Task Force, please contact Mate Heisz at m.heisz@solarpowereurope.org ; +32 2 709 55 40



Past Environmental Footprint Task Force Meetings

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