How solar power contributes to social, economic and environmental sustainability for a carbon-neutral Europe

SolarPower Europe’s Sustainability Task Force has launched Solar Facts, a set of documents based on scientific, peer-reviewed sources that highlight how solar energy contributes to social, economic and environmental sustainability.

The factsheets cover five key topics related to solar, including: cost and efficiency, sustainability, employment and job creation, materials usage and recycling.

Andreas Wade, Global Sustainability Director at First Solar and Chair of the Sustainability Task Force stated: “Solar energy is becoming a strategic resource and the cheapest and most sustainable way to generate electricity. It is easy to integrate in distributed and centralised energy infrastructures, and is flexible, reliable and dispatchable. It will be an essential component in the global energy transition. One of the key objectives of SolarPower Europe’s Sustainability Task Force has been to raise awareness of Solar PV’s technological characteristics, environmental benefits and socio-economic profile. That is why, today, SolarPower Europe launches new factsheets on solar energy covering themes as varied as cost competitiveness, job creation and environmental footprint and recycling.”

Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe said: “Solar is a sustainability champion that brings vast environmental, economic and societal benefits for all Europeans. As the lowest cost and most easily deployed clean energy technology, solar is ready to massively contribute to delivering a Green Deal for Europe, ensuring that climate and energy targets are reached.”

Key findings from the factsheets are also available in the form of social media cards which can be shared on social networks. The social media kit can be downloaded here.

Download Solar Factsheets

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