Tokyo, Japan-based thin-film PV module manufacturer Solar Frontier says its gigawatt-scale Kunitomi, Japan, solar panel production plant has received ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications after passing audit processes.
ISO 14001, an environmental management systems standard, is designed to provide assurance to company management and employees, as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved, the company explains.
OHSAS 18001, a British standard for occupational health and safety management systems, helps organizations reduce risks to personnel and put the right health and safety measures in place. The standard also helps companies find ways to improve and maintain occupational health and safety systems.
Both certifications are compulsory for projects in Italy to be eligible for the country's feed-in tariff, in accordance with Italy's 4th and 5th Conto Energia. Other countries such as the U.K., France and Mexico, are considering similar requirements, Solar Frontier adds.