Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. has been selected by the European Commission (EC) to join the PV Consortium and Technical Secretariat in the pilot phase of the EC's Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) program. The pilot phase of the PEF aims to establish rules for evaluating the environmental performance of specific product categories, including photovoltaic electricity.
The consortium consists of PV scientists, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and industry groups. Over the next three years, the consortium will develop product environmental footprint rules for PV electricity production that will be used in conjunction with the lifecycle assessment guidelines already established by the EC. After development, the proposed rules will be tested and evaluated by the consortium and a range of stakeholders.
‘We are extremely honored to participate in this prestigious project, which proves once more the importance of global cooperation in the field of PV electricity generation,’ says Darren Thompson, managing director of Yingli Green Energy International AG. ‘Sharing the results of this consortium with European consumers will build confidence in the sustainability of PV technology and the benefits of producing green, clean energy for future generations.’