India needs policy on solar waste management, manufacturing standards: Report


India needs policy on solar waste management, manufacturing standards: Report

The government needs to bring out a policy on solar module waste management and standards for use of material for manufacturing, according to consultancy Bridge To India on Thursday.

“There is an urgent need to formulate appropriate quality standards for use of environmentally sustainable materials in manufacturing of modules. This will help in minimising potentially hazardous end-of-life module waste in India,” said a BTI statement.

The European Union (EU) already has an Eco-Design Directive 2009, a policy instrument to reduce environmental impact of energy-related products throughout their life cycle, the statement added.

Bridge To India (BTI) Managing Director Vinay Rustagi said while the solar sector continues to grow robustly, from a mere three gigawatt (GW) in 2014 to over 28 GW currently, there is still no clarity on solar waste management in India. Read More

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