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US Environmental Organization Gives SolarWorld Accolade for Sustainability


SolarWorld has been given the highest rating as manufacturer of crystalline solar technology in a comparison of sustainability by the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) in the USA. The US environmental organization which is independent of the government and of private companies did not only award points for the transparency and social responsibility of the companies but also for the sustainability of production and delivery relationships as well as the non-use of environmentally damaging materials. Having received several awards for its sustainable corporate management in Germany the SolarWorld group has thus also received top marks in the USA.

Frank Asbeck: No exclusion for environmental poisons in photovoltaic technology

“Sustainability is our business model and our commitment to our customers”, says Dipl.-Ing. Frank H. Asbeck, Chairman and CEO of SolarWorld AG. “It is important to me that the photovoltaic industry allows itself to be measured against criteria of sustainability. Clean technologies must also be produced in a clean way.”

SolarWorld AG therefore comes out against efforts to exempt the solar industry in Europe from the requirements of European environmental legislation. “We are against an exceptional ruling in the case of the RoHS Directive of the European Union that wants to ban the use of hazardous substances like heavy metals in electric appliances. Creating an exclusion in an environmental directive for an environmental technology of all things would be downright absurd”, argues Frank H. Asbeck. As some manufacturers may find it difficult to implement the requirements of such a consistent directive straight away SolarWorld AG proposes certain transition periods. A complete exclusion would, however, not be acceptable as this would quite rightly damage the image of sustainability of the industry in the eyes of the consumers.

About SolarWorld AG

The SolarWorld AG Group (ISIN: DE0005108401) is a worldwide leader in offering brand-name, high quality, crystalline solar-power technology. Its strength is its fully integrated solar production. From silicon as the raw material through wafers, cells and modules all the way to turn-key solar systems, including recycling, the group combines all stages of the solar value chain. The central business activity is selling quality modules into the installation and distribution trades and crystalline wafers to the international solar cell industry. Group headquarters are located in Bonn, Germany. Production sites are to be found in Germany, the United States and South Korea. The group´s largest production facilities operate in Freiberg, Germany and Hillsboro in the U.S. State of Oregon. Sustainability is the basis of the group strategy. Under the name Solar2World, the group supports care projects using off-grid solar-power solutions in emerging economies and developing countries, exemplifying sustainable economic development. Worldwide, SolarWorld employs more than 2,700 people. SolarWorld AG has been quoted on the stock exchange since 1999 and today is listed on, among others, the TecDAX, ÖkoDAX, Dow Jones STOXX 600 as well as in the sustainability indices DAXglobal Alternative Energy and NAI.

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