In what marks the end of a good year for Chinese solar manufacturer Trina Solar, the company has been awarded top score on the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) scorecard ranking module environmental and social performance.
Trinas modules received a score of 92 out of 100 on the scorecard, beating out its nearest rivals SunPower, First Solar, SolarWorld, REC, Panasonic, Sharp and Yingli Solar, scoring higher than all 29 competing solar companies.
The SVTC scorecard ranks PV module manufacturers on 12 factors, including emissions transparency, chemical reduction plan, extended producer responsibility, workers rights, health, safety, supply chains, conflict materials, module toxicity, high value recycling, prison labor, biodiversity, water, energy and greenhouse gases.
Of the 12 criteria, Trina ranked first in 11 factors, and scored full marks for eight of them. This is the third year in a row that the Chinese solar giant has won the SVTC award, which itself has been running for the past five years.
The award was created to ensure the solar PV sector upholds safe standards for workers, communities and the environment, and has become a benchmark for consumers, institutional purchasers, investors and installers.
Trina Solar CEO and Chairman Jifan Gao said he was delighted that the company was once again the top-ranked performer in the PV industry. Solar energy brings clean energy to mankind yet the PV industry still faces critical environmental challenges, particularly as demand grows, he said.
Ranking number one for the third consecutive year demonstrates our leadership in consistently reducing the use of toxic chemicals, developing responsible recycling systems and protecting workers throughout the manufacturing supply chain, while at the same time fulfilling our commitment to producing premier solar modules.
The CEO concluded: We remain deeply committed to achieving our environmental and social targets and to shaping a truly clean and green solar industry.