Huawei has announced that it has received the world’s first Carbon Footprint Verification (CFV) for solar inverter products, issued by the British Standards Institution (BSI).
A globally-renowned body, BSI is a special adviser to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and a creator of standards such as the world’s first carbon footprint standard, PAS 2050. The CFV recognises Huawei’s capability to evaluate the carbon footprint of its products throughout their lifecycle and acknowledges the company’s efforts in reducing carbon emissions, increasing the share of renewable energy in the overall energy mix and promoting a circular economy. Huawei’s development concept — green, low-carbon and sustainable — underpins the entire lifecycle of inverters and its accreditation by BSI is of great significance in establishing and developing a carbon footprint management system in the photovoltaic (PV) industry.
Driven by China’s dual goals of achieving a carbon peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, the PV industry, as a major contributor to renewable energy, is experiencing explosive growth. Although PV power generation is widely recognized as an important way of reducing carbon emissions, not all PV products are themselves low-carbon. According to the ‘Clean Production of Solar PV in China’ report, PV plants are unable to achieve zero carbon emissions for 1.3 years of a 25-year lifecycle. As such, reducing carbon footprint is critical to the decarbonization of energy systems. To this end, it is important to understand and manage the carbon footprint as well as the impact of carbon emissions during the manufacturing of PV system components.
In Europe and other parts of the world, carbon footprint is a mandatory metric for device bidding, with only advanced ‘green manufacturing’ companies with a low footprint able to work with customers to develop low-carbon and high-quality PV projects.
Moving forward, Huawei will continue to strengthen its low-carbon capabilities, use innovative technologies to develop more products with a low carbon footprint and accelerate the reduction of carbon emissions for both itself and its customers, as they move together towards a sustainable, green future.