UL awards Trina Solar with environmental product declaration certificate
11 Feb 2021

Trina Solar promotes product transparency through the UL and EPDItaly Mutual Recognition Programme to meet global sustainability requirements.

UL, the global safety science leader, is pleased to announce that Trina Solar received UL’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certifications for its photovoltaic (PV) products, promoting transparency on their environmental impact.

An EPD discloses a product’s life cycle environmental impact and helps investors and owners of PV power plants to identify sustainable products.

Trina Solar is the first solar technology manufacturer to receive EPDItaly certification through the Mutual Recognition Programme between UL and ICMQ, founder of EPDItaly.

Demand for renewable energy, such as solar power, is on the rise, especially in Europe and North America. The International Energy Agency estimated that by 2030, solar PV will meet one-third of electricity demand growth.

Value of an environmental product declaration certificate

Each EPD is valid for five years based on the PCR and applies to Europe, North America and global markets. The EPD is conformant to international standards for life cycle assessments ISO 14025 and EN 15804 for broad acceptance worldwide.

As such, the EPDs will help Trina Solar gain competitiveness in the European market, where environmental sustainability considerations are increasingly part of the procurement process.

Bo Cao, deputy general manager of Trina Solar, commented: “Obtaining EPD certificates will further promote Trina Solar’s environmental protection and innovation Trina Solar is constantly devoted to developing solar PV modules of higher efficiency and environmentally friendliness.”

Cao added: “Trina Solar will also spare efforts to further resolve the contradiction between technological development and resource consumption, to explore new paths for sustainable development, and to establish a cleaner and sustainable energy supply system for all mankind.”

UL guided Trina Solar through the EPD certification process, which included:
– identification of the product category rule (PCR),
– verification of the product life cycle assessment (LCA), and
– EPD Certification and Registration.

UL helps manufacturers in various industries, from construction to electronics, gain global market access through UL’s EPD certification and mutually recognised partnerships, such as EPDItaly.

These certifications are available through the programmes’ publicly accessible databases UL SPOT and EPDItaly.

Steven Shi, general manager of UL-CCIC, a joint venture between UL and China National Import and Export Commodities Inspection Corporation, also commented: “Companies are increasingly embracing sustainability throughout their supply chain. EPDs allows manufacturers, such as Trina Solar make their product’s environmental impact transparent to the marketplace and serve as a driver to meet sustainability requirements.”

Shi added: “As an EPD programme operator, our mutual recognition of EPD with EPDItaly helps global manufacturers save time on the EPD process and speed up market access.”

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