The goal of Task 12 is to foster international collaboration and knowledge creation in PV environmental sustainability and safety, as crucial elements for the sustainable growth of PV as a major contributor to global energy supply and emission reductions of the member countries and the world.
The objectives of Task 12 are to:
The first objective of this Task is well served by life cycle assessments (LCAs) that describe the energy, material, and emission flows in all the stages of the life of PV. The second objective is addressed through the analysis of recycling and other circular economy pathways. For the third objective, Task 12 develops methods to quantify risks and opportunities on topics of stakeholder interest.
Task 12 aims to facilitate a common understanding of PV Sustainability, with a focus on Environment Health and Safety (EH&S), among the various country-members and disseminate the Task’s outcomes and knowledge to stakeholders, energy and environmental policy decision makers, and the general public.
Task 12 is operated jointly by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and University of New South Wales (UNSW). Support from the United States’ Department of Energy (DOE) and the Australian University of New South Wales (UNSW) are gratefully acknowledged.
This subTask addresses the following objectives:
This subTask aims the next targets:
The main objectives within this subTask are: