PV – Solarwatt becomes first German module manufacturer to receive Cradle to Cradle certification for sustainable glass-to-glass modules

This prestigious distinction further demonstrates that Solarwatt is responding to the growing interest in sustainable solar modules in Europe.

“It is important to us not only that our modules not only provide clean energy, but that they are also produced in a sustainable way,” said Detlef Neuhaus, CEO of Solarwatt. “Solarwatt has established its production processes accordingly in recent years and uses 100% green electricity. We have initiated this demanding certification process to make this commitment visible to our customers.

Cradle to Cradle certification is a globally recognized holistic product quality standard that assesses products of all kinds, based on their environmental and social performance.

“Unlike just environmental standards, it also assesses corporate social responsibility, for example using the UN Global Compact self-assessment tool,” added Annika Beck, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager. at Solarwatt.

The categories assessed are material health, material recyclability, energy and CO2 emissions management, water management and social responsibility.

Certification is provided at Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels. A high score requires equal scores across all categories, as the lowest level achieved in each category determines overall certification (eg, a base score in a category means a base overall score).

Certification is awarded by the independent Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Solarwatt glass-to-glass modules have been evaluated by the accredited agency EPEA Worldwide. Solarwatt is the first German module manufacturer to receive Cradle to Cradle certification. Only two other photovoltaic manufacturers currently have them. The Dresden-based manufacturer’s modules were rated Gold in energy management, CO2 emissions and water management, and Silver in other categories, ultimately resulting in the overall Silver rating.

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