Why it is important the PV industry succeeds
Clean energy from photovoltaics (PV) will be essential to a just and sustainable energy future. The dire consequences of climate change to vulnerable peoples and species around the world make a successful PV industry an imperative. Impacts from conventional energy sources extend beyond greenhouse gas emissions.
Yet, there are also impacts associated with the new clean energy economy that should be identified before it is too late. The goal of the SVTC campaign is to raise awareness about the important environmental and social aspects of the PV life cycle to ensure that PV deployment will be just and sustainable. Several high profile accidents and poor manufacturing practices also show that good environmental performance is linked to financial performance. Everyone benefits from a just and sustainable PV industry.
At SVTC we realize that translating technical information into an easy to understand format is challenging. With our PV Lifecycle website and our Solar Scorecard, we hope to help everyone—especially workers, consumers, and those living near solar facilities—to have a better understanding of solar energy’s potential environmental, health and safety risks and to choose solar companies that are transparent about their business practices and take full responsibility for the lifecycle of their products.
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