JinkoSolar, a world leader in solar energy, recently received the Cradle to Cradle certificate for four solar modules in their Eagle series. This makes the Chinese company one of the first and the largest manufacturer of PV modules with a Cradle to Cradle certification. ‘As the first Chinese company to have obtained the Cradle to Cradle certification, we have set a new milestone. We hope that many will follow’, says Rong Hu of JinkoSolar.
Unique position in the market
JinkoSolar manufactures solar cells and complete PV modules for various energy companies, commercial organizations and private individuals. ‘With this certificate, JinkoSolar differentiates itself in the solar modules market, and in the Chinese market’, says Udo Waltman, Director of SGS Search, the company that conducted the assessment for this certification. ‘The Cradle to Cradle certificate means that their product and manufacturing process comply with key aspects of the circular economy.’
Excellent scores for material health
‘We checked that the product does not contain any hazardous materials and is safe, also when recycled’, Waltman continues. ‘Materials used in the manufacture of solar modules are not necessarily healthy or suitable for recycling, e.g. lead and cadmium. This makes JinkoSolar's excellent score for “Material Health” extra special.’ SGS Search also inspected the factory where the product is manufactured for CO2 emission, waste water and energy consumption. Waltman: ‘Obviously, as a manufacturer of solar modules JinkoSolar's score for the latter aspect was excellent. Lastly, we also evaluated the social aspects in the chain, including working conditions and suppliers.’
Rong Hu, project manager certification at JinkoSolar: ‘As a leading solar PV manufacturer conscious of the environment, JinkoSolar is aware of the importance to adhere to high environmental, health, and safety standards in all the manufacturing processes. We chose to apply for the Cradle to Cradle certification because this is a worldwide recognized guideline, which best represents our sustainability goals and efforts in promoting environmental and sustainable best practices within the solar industry. On our part, we will continue to promote and educate our customers and partners about the benefits of the Cradle to Cradle certification.’
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