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SVTC 2015 Solar Scorecard Key

Solar Scorecard LegendExtended Producer Responsibility (EPR)—20 points
To earn a sunny score, the company:

  • Has or participates in a fully funded collection and recycling system for end-of-life PV modules produced globally (+5; or +2 if PV Cycle member only)
  • Has written a letter to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) urging it to support EPR laws and regulations (+5)
  • Supports public EPR policies in the regions where the company manufactures and sells PV modules (+5)
  • Takes responsibility for recycling by including the “crossed out garbage bin” symbol on PV module nameplates( +2); including a PV Cycle link on the company website (+1); and clearly describing on the website how customers can responsibly return PV module for recycling (+2)

Emissions Transparency—10 points
A sunny score means that the company reports all categories of emissions through its annual report, its website, and/or third-party auditing or government agencies. Points are awarded for reporting:

  • Chemical emissions, including chemical waste, hazardous waste disposal, and/or heavy metals (+4)
  • Air pollutants (+2 if NOx, SOx, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter (PC) are all reported; +1 if fewer are reported)
  • Emissions of ozone depleting substances (+2)
  • Information regarding landfill disposal (+2)

Chemical Reduction Plan—5 points
A sunny score means that the company has adopted a plan to reduce chemical use per module and described it on their website or in their sustainability report (+5).

Worker Rights, Health, and Safety—15 points
A sunny score is for companies with a formal commitment to protecting worker rights, health, and safety that goes beyond compliance with local laws and regulations. Scoring is based on:

  • Adoption of a formal company declaration (+4 for signing SEIA’s commitment (or equivalent); +2 for a declaration missing important elements)
  • Commitment to improving employee wages (+2 if all employees are paid more than minimum wage)
  • Signage informing illiterate workers about minimum wage provisions (+1)
  • Workforce covered by collective bargaining (+2 if 100% are covered; +1 if more than 50%);
  • Workday case rates (+1 for reporting; +1 for annual improvement)
  • Recordable incident rates (+1 for reporting; +1 for annual improvement)
  • Adoption of OHSAS (+2 for 100% of facilities; +1 for more than 50%)

Cradle-to-Cradle Recycling—5 points
For a sunny score, a company gains points based on:

  • igh value material recovery rate: 95% of the PV module is recycled into products of similar value and quality (+2; or +1 if 95% of the module is recycled into lesser value/quality products)
  • Recycling takes place at a facility with a documented environmental management system and worker safeguards and protections consistent with ISO 14001 (+1)
  • Cradle-to-cradle recycling is encouraged at the design stage through design for the environment (DfE) training programs (+2)

Supply Chain—10 points
To earn a sunny score, a company:

  • Purchases from suppliers that report all chemical emissions (+2 for all tiers or +1 if only first tier suppliers report)
  • Has an enforceable commitment from suppliers to protect workers and the environment (+7 if companies sign the SEIA commitment, have a UNGC quality commitment, or have SA8000 certification; +3 for a less comprehensive code of conduct)
  • Companies also earn points (+1) if supplier agreements extend to tier 2 of the supply chain.

Module Toxicity—10 points
For a sunny score, a company’s PV modules do not contain toxic heavy metals. (+10 for modules with no more lead or cadmium than allowed under RoHS).

Biodiversity—5 points
A sunny score for biodiversity indicates zero direct impact on wildlife or biodiversity. Scoring includes:

  • Zero take permits for endangered, threatened or special concern animals in the US (+3)
  • No species of special concern present at project sites (+1)
  • No significant impacts on biodiversity in protected areas or on areas of high biodiversity outside protected areas (+1)

Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions—5 points
A sunny score is for companies that:

  • Report energy use (+1)
  • Report GHG emissions (+1)
  • Report perfluorocarbon emissions (+1)
  • Report GHGs and/or energy use to a third party (+2)

Water—5 points
A sunny score in this category means the company recognizes the importance of reducing impacts on water resources. Companies:

  • Report the volume of water use (+2)
  • Report the volume of wastewater generated (+1)
  • Submit reports that include several water quality indicators (+2).

Prison Labor—5 points
For a sunny score, a company has an explicit policy forbidding prison labor. Points are earned by:

  • Providing the prison labor policy to SVTC or posting it on the company website (+5); or
  • Declaring on previous SVTC surveys that the company does not use prison labor (+3)

Conflict Minerals—5 points
A sunny score means that the company does not use conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Malawi, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia as per the due diligence guidance outlined by the OECD, and that documentation can be produced (+5). Companies can also earn points by starting the due diligence process (+3).