World's first carbon footprint verification for a PV module announced

The product carbon footprint of EcoDuo PM220P00 refers to the total amount of carbon dioxide emissions, including the raw materials, manufacturing and distribution stages, explains AUO. By tracing the carbon footprint, the company says it verified that raw materials took up around 82 percent of total carbon emissions, manufacturing about 17 percent and distribution approximately one percent, among which raw materials led to the most emissions.

The findings inspired the adoption of innovative energy and materials saving and replacement concepts in the early stage of research and development for solar cells, so that the overall amount of carbon emissions as well as product carbon footprint could be reduced substantially, says the company. Through continuous supplier training sessions, AUO says that it developed the carbon footprint management program with its own e-system to collect suppliers’ carbon footprint data. The initiative “significantly increased” efficiency in carbon footprint management, it explains. ??

"AUO’s multi-crystalline PV module that garnered the world’s first carbon footprint verification again proves AUO’s determination on Green Solutions," said James C.P. Chen, senior associate vice president of AUO’s Solar Photovoltaic Business Unit. "The key to acquiring the certification lies in the profound experiences in employing high-precision technologies, carbon footprint tracing, and power-saving innovations of TFT-LCDs to the solar modules. This demonstrates the AUO strategy to develop the TFT-LCD and PV businesses concurrently, leading the global industry with the most advanced green technologies from both respects."

* The PAS 2050 has been developed by BSI British Standards and co-sponsored by the Carbon Trust and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). It is an independent standard, developed with input from international stakeholders and experts across academia, business, government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).