Double Green: Minimizing PV Environmental Footprint

17 May 2016, 16:30 – 18:00 - Thon Hotel EU, rue de la Loi 75, Brussels

Photovoltaics are a sustainable power production technology which is poised to drive the decarbonisation of the energy sector in Europe. Yet, as pointed out by the SET Plan Declaration on Strategic Targets for PV, the life-cycle environmental impact of this technology can still be reduced. This workshop aimed to facilitate an exchange of views about current and forthcoming EU-wide initiatives for the assessment, improvement and communication of PV sustainability. In particular, panelists and audience discussed the key parameters of a balanced and exhaustive PV life-cycle assessment and debated the usefulness and the proper design of possible EU initiatives driving and communicating about PV sustainability improvements.

Agenda

INTRODUCTION AND MODERATION:

  • James Watson, CEO, SolarPower Europe

PRESENTATIONS:

  • Towards a harmonized methodology for the assessment of the environmental footprint of PV electricity
    Andreas Wade, Director Technical Relations and Public Affairs Europe, First Solar
  • An EU Ecolabel for PV modules?
    Françoise Burgun, Program Manager, CEA INES
  • Eco-design requirements? The experience of the solar thermal sector
    Pedro Dias, Secretary General, European Solar Thermal Federation (ESTIF)

PANEL DISCUSSION WITH PREVIOUS SPEAKERS AND:

  • Wim Sinke, Manager Program Development – Solar Energy, ECN
  • Luc de Marliave, Head of Institutional Relations, Total

CONCLUSIONS:

  • Gaëtan Masson, Founder & Director, Becquerel Institute

Minutes

Presentations

Presentation of Andreas Wade, Director Technical Relations and Public Affairs Europe, First Solar

Presentation of Dr. Françoise Burgun, Solar Technologies Division Program Manager


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