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Welcome to the website on preparatory study for solar photovoltaic modules, inverters and systems

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Welcome to the home page of the 'Solar Photovoltaics' project to develop a preparatory study on sustainable product policy instruments to assess the feasibility of applying Ecodesign, Energy Label, Ecolabel and Green Public Procurement instruments to solar photovoltaic modules, inverters and systems.

The Ecodesign and the Energy Label Directives are two of the policy instruments deployed in the EU to reduce the environmental impacts of products throughout their entire life cycles.

The EU Ecolabel Regulation (EC) No 66/2010 provides a framework for the setting of voluntary environmental criteria for defined product groups with the aim of reducing the negative life cycle environmental impacts associated with the production and consumption of those same products.

The objective of Green Public Procurement (GPP) is to provide guidance on how to reduce the environmental impacts of public sector consumption and procurement criteria that can be used to stimulate innovation in environmental technologies, products and services.

JRC Directorate B will support the Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) in the development of the "Preparatory study on sustainable product policy instruments for the product group 'solar photovoltaic modules, inverters and systems' (Photovoltaic Panels)". The project started in October 2017 and is expected to be completed in 2019.

During the project, continuous and broad consultation is foreseen with experts and stakeholders representing all facets of the product group and its supply chain, including manufacturers, suppliers, distributers, installers, investors, public authorities, testing bodies, consumer organisations, academia, and NGOs, as well as Member State representatives. The active participation of stakeholders during the project, including feedback and comments on draft reports and proposals, is invited and welcomed. JRC Directorate B will undertake independent, neutral, science-based research in support of the study and will involve stakeholder experts through a structured technical working group process.

If you would like to be involved in the consultation process, you are invited to register as a stakeholder through this website and participate through the online consultation platform BATIS. Once registered, you will be regularly informed about the progress of the project, preliminary findings, consultations and events, you will be able to participate in discussion forums, and be able to comment on draft documents and respond to questionnaires. For any administrative or other queries, please use the dedicated mailbox.


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