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Taking Environmental Responsibility Into Our Own Hands

Upsolar applauds customers’ decisions to choose clean energy for a better future, and we know we have to do our part to ensure the products we create are as environmentally friendly as the power they produce. Sustainability is a key pillar of our business, and we’ve undertaken a number of initiatives over the years to underscore our responsibility to both society and to the planet.

Monocrystalline Panel Contribution Analysis (for 1 kWh of electricity) via LCA
Energy Depletion MJ 82% 4% 10% 1% 3%
Hazardous Waste Production Mg 71% <1% 26% 2% <1%
Water Depletion dm3 65% <1% 28% 4% 1%
Ozone Depletion Potential Kg CFC-11 eq. 54% 24% 12% 1% 9%
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Exceptional Environmental Performance: Carbon Footprint Analysis

In addition to a comprehensive LCA, Upsolar also conducts a bi-annual carbon footprint analysis, which demonstrates how Upsolar compares to the industry average in terms of CO2 emissions.

A Basic Overview of Carbon Footprint Analysis

This carbon footprint analysis calculates greenhouse gas emissions from the production of one photovoltaic module.

The calculations take into consideration the eight primary steps of module production, from the extraction of raw materials to the encapsulation of cells.

The components and manufacturing of Upsolar’s polycrystalline 250Wp modules were found to generate as little as 439.9 kg of CO2 per kWp, and its polycrystalline 260Wp products yielded only 423.0 kg of CO2 per kWp.

Polycrystalline Panel Energy Input and Greenhouse Gas Emissions via Carbon Footprint Analysis
Components Primary Energy Input (Mjep) Greenhouse Gas Emissions (kg CO2)
Poly Silicon 2,433.1 95.8
Ingot-Wafer 4071.0 160.3
Cell 2620.0 139.6
Module 817.5 43.6
Glass 908.2 19.3
EVA 54.5 3.6
PET 179.5 7.4
PVF 0.0 0.0
TOTAL 11,084 469.5
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Upsolar’s Sustainability Initiatives

Upsolar has long served as a leader in the solar industry’s environmental transformation.

End-of-life PV Module Take-back

PV CYCLE is a Pan-European Producer scheme, offering compliance and waste management services for solar energy system products falling under the EU’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Battery Producer Responsibility legislation. PV CYCLE is an independent organization and works on behalf of PV module manufacturers and importers active in all European markets.

Upsolar is a longtime member of the PV CYCLE network to ensure the proper take-back and recycling of our end-of-life PV modules. Upsolar remains fully compliant with European and regional waste regulations.

For all countries outside the EU, we are currently engaged in discussions for end-of-life management for our PV modules to comply with the latest national waste regulations in local markets. Our website will be updated as we establish such partnerships.

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A Commitment to the Future

Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility, or CSER, is a company’s commitment to prioritize sustainability, to promote stakeholders’ quality of life, and to establish positive connections with the local community.

Corporate social and environmental responsibilities have always been a core element of our management decisions and business development strategy. This dedication to CSER which has allowed us to simultaneously reduce our environmental impact, inspire our employees, and ultimately realize the values of our unique business model: Excellence at Each Step.

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Giving Back through Sustainability Awareness

Upsolar pays close attention to the healthy development of society and regularly contributes to causes that create a better future for generations to come. In the past few years, Upsolar has sponsored sustainability awareness initiatives and organizations in different regions, delivering a strong environmental message and encouraging sustainable thinking to audiences around the world.

Hospital in Madagascar

Hospital in Madagascar

Orphanage in Mexico

Orphanage in Mexico

Microgrid Project in Bangladesh

Microgrid Project in Bangladesh

Probono Project in Italy

Probono Project in Italy

Greenheart Ship

Greenheart Ship

Tour de France on Foot

Tour de France on Foot

Committed to Green

Committed to Green

Dancing Flowers

Dancing Flowers
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For additional information about any of the topics above, please e-mail us at cser@upsolar.com.
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