37th EU PVSEC, 07 - 11 September 2020

Eco-Design, Eco Labeling, Green Public Procurement – Sustainability Leadership for the Terawatt Age

jointly with the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) – IEA PVPS Task 12

Day: Tuesday, 10 September 2019IEA PVPS logo
Time: 08:30 - 12:30
Site: EU PVSEC at Marseille Chanot Convention and Exhibition Centre, Marseille, France
Room: Auditorium 5 Morgiou, first floor
Access: Open to all Conference participants (on days registered)

  • The preparatory study of the European Commission on Eco-Design, Eco-Labeling, Green Public Procurement and Energy Labeling for PV modules, inverters and PV systems will be concluded in June/July 2019 with policy recommendations for sustainable product policies for these components.
  • At the same time, the International Sustainability Leadership Standard for PV Modules and Inverters (NSF457) will be finalized and form the basis for an EPEAT listing of these components and an international eco-label as well as Green Public Procurement rules for PV modules and inverters, potentially applicable in 33+ countries globally.
  • The parallel event should provide an overview on these policy developments and give perspectives from the industry, procurement and customer side on proposed policy measures as well as lining out the potential effects these would have on product developments and industrial policy in the European Union.
  • What will be the effect of potential policy measures in the EU and how can those be streamlined with the international sustainability leadership standard and discussions around the taxonomy for sustainable finance?


Programme Outline

08:30 – 08:35 Welcome & Introduction
Andreas Wade, Deputy Operating Agent, IEA PVPS Task 12

08:35 – 09:05 Keynote I – The International Sustainability Leadership Standard for PV Modules and Inverters
Nancy Gillis, CEO, Green Electronics Council, USA

09:05 – 09:35 Keynote II – Results from the European Commission Preparatory Study for Eco-Design, Eco-Labeling, Green Public Procurement and Energy Labeling of PV Modules, Inverters and PV Systems
Davide Polverini, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG GROW, Belgium

09:35 – 10:15 Panel Discussion I: EPEAT & GPP – the effectiveness of sustainability criteria in public tender systems
Nancy Gillis
Davide Polverini
Raffaele Rossi, Policy Analyst, SolarPower Europe, Belgium
Rasmus Priess, Senior Researcher, Öko-Institut e.V., Germany
Moderator: Andreas Wade

10:15 – 10:30 Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:00 Technical Presentation I – Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules for Photovoltaic Electricity Production – the gold standard on life cycle assessment and finally a level playing field for the environmental footprinting of electricity?
Technical considerations & discussion of market models on the introduction of PEF into PV system planning and design
Philippe Stolz, Project Manager, treeze, Switzerland
Jahanzeb Tariq, Master Student of Engineering in Energy and Environmental Management, Europa- Universität Flensburg, Germany

11:00 – 11:15 Technical Presentation II – A Taxonomy for sustainable finance – results from the expert working group for photovoltaic assets and manufacturing
Leah Charpentier, Head of EU Regulatory Affairs, First Solar, Belgium

11:15 – 11:30 Technical Presentation III – The Interfaces between ESG, sustainable product policies and sustainable finance – a business case for the PV industry to align to the SDGs and Human Rights Principles?
Eniko Horvath, Senior Researcher, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, London, UK

11:30 – 12:30 Panel discussion II: The commodity paradigm – cost pressure and sustainability valorization in the global PV markets
Philippe Stolz
Jahanzeb Tariq
Leah Charpentier
Eniko Horvath
Moderator: Andreas Wade

12:30 Closing Remarks
Andreas Wade