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Transparency Critical in Solar Modules Manufacturing as Markets Expand


“It’s critically important for companies to collect and report chemical use and emissions data,” said Assistant Professor Dustin Mulvaney of San Jose State University, SVTC’s science advisor. “The more transparency there is on this issue, the more likely it is that companies will be able to compete to reduce their emissions per PV module.”

As for next steps, SVTC plans to use the Solar Scorecard as the basis for a new environmental leadership standard for solar PV modules. SVTC will partner with renewable energy and green procurement leaders, as well as the non-profit Green Electronic Council (GEC), to expand the Scorecard into a standard that meets the criteria of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

“Environmental procurement is greatly simplified when performance criteria are codified in credible leadership standards,” said Robert Frisbee, GEC’s CEO. “SVTC’s hard work on the Scorecard and its intention to launch development of such a standard are commendable. We look forward to helping engage relevant stakeholders in the development process.”

Developing an environmental leadership standard endorsed by multiple stakeholder groups ordinarily takes approximately 18 to 24 months. SVTC’s goal is to create a solar PV standard that meets the qualifications for consideration on the EPEAT Registry.


Check the following link for Full Results of 2014 Solar Scorecard:


Source: SVTC.


About Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC)

Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) is a non-profit organization engaged in research, advocacy and grassroots organizing to promote human health and environmental justice in response to the rapid growth of the high-tech industry. For more information, visit www.svtc.org.

About Green Electronics Council

The Green Electronics Council (GEC) is a non-profit organization founded to inspire and create paths toward ever more sustainable electronics. The Council achieves this mission by supporting the production of consensus-based environmental leadership standards; by operating EPEAT, the definitive global rating system for greener electronics; and by convening global thought leaders in environmental design, strategy and marketing to envision more sustainable electronics design and delivery methods. These activities work to promote a world in which electronics, throughout their lifecycle, are key contributors to global sustainability. For more information, visit www.GreenElectronicsCouncil.org.