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Title: The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) of photovoltaic modules-Lessons learned from the environmental footprint pilot phase on the way to a single market for green products in the European Union

Abstract

Shaping and channeling the transformation of the global energy system require an understanding of the life cycle environmental impacts of available technology options. With photovoltaic electricity generation expected to be the largest, least cost, and most relevant source of energy globally by mid-century, the environmental and resource implications of this technology should be made accessible to a variety of societal, political, and scientific stakeholders. The Product Environmental Footprint Guide provides a methodology for assessing the environmental impacts of PV technologies based on life cycle assessment. The establishment of an inclusive multi-stakeholder process with multiple checkpoints, ensuring scientific soundness, societal and political acceptance and methodological quality, is portrayed in this paper and can serve as a model for driving a single market for green products in the EU.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2];  [2];  [3];  [4]
  1. First Solar GmbH, Deputy Operating Agent IEA PVPS Task 12, Rheinstr 4 55116 Mainz Germany
  2. treeze Ltd., Switzerland
  3. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, CO USA
  4. First Solar Inc, AZ USA
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1466564
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-6A20-72244
Journal ID: ISSN 1062-7995
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Progress in Photovoltaics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 26; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 1062-7995
Publisher:
Wiley
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; environmental footprint; life cycle analysis; PEF; PEFCR; photovoltaics

Citation Formats

Wade, Andreas, Stolz, Philippe, Frischknecht, Rolf, Heath, Garvin, and Sinha, Parikhit. The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) of photovoltaic modules-Lessons learned from the environmental footprint pilot phase on the way to a single market for green products in the European Union. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1002/pip.2956.
Wade, Andreas, Stolz, Philippe, Frischknecht, Rolf, Heath, Garvin, & Sinha, Parikhit. The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) of photovoltaic modules-Lessons learned from the environmental footprint pilot phase on the way to a single market for green products in the European Union. United States. doi:10.1002/pip.2956.
Wade, Andreas, Stolz, Philippe, Frischknecht, Rolf, Heath, Garvin, and Sinha, Parikhit. Tue . "The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) of photovoltaic modules-Lessons learned from the environmental footprint pilot phase on the way to a single market for green products in the European Union". United States. doi:10.1002/pip.2956.
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title = {The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) of photovoltaic modules-Lessons learned from the environmental footprint pilot phase on the way to a single market for green products in the European Union},
author = {Wade, Andreas and Stolz, Philippe and Frischknecht, Rolf and Heath, Garvin and Sinha, Parikhit},
abstractNote = {Shaping and channeling the transformation of the global energy system require an understanding of the life cycle environmental impacts of available technology options. With photovoltaic electricity generation expected to be the largest, least cost, and most relevant source of energy globally by mid-century, the environmental and resource implications of this technology should be made accessible to a variety of societal, political, and scientific stakeholders. The Product Environmental Footprint Guide provides a methodology for assessing the environmental impacts of PV technologies based on life cycle assessment. The establishment of an inclusive multi-stakeholder process with multiple checkpoints, ensuring scientific soundness, societal and political acceptance and methodological quality, is portrayed in this paper and can serve as a model for driving a single market for green products in the EU.},
doi = {10.1002/pip.2956},
journal = {Progress in Photovoltaics},
issn = {1062-7995},
number = 8,
volume = 26,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {12}
}

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