Sustainability

As a leading global renewable energy company, Yingli Green Energy understands that the legacy we leave as a corporate citizen is not simply based on the types of products we make, but also the methods we employ in our own manufacturing facilities.

Our production processes rely on a combination of various energy sources such as electricity, natural gas, heat and water. We set annual energy consumption reduction targets that meet or exceed Chinese and International Climate Change goals, and employ ways to utilize primary waste streams for secondary purposes. To help mitigate our electricity usage, we continue to build PV systems that generate electricity specifically for our manufacturing facilities, and now have over 20MW of our modules installed on site.

We are also committed to monitoring and reducing the emissions created by our manufacturing processes, including but not limited to GHG, PFCs and other air emissions. We’re proud to be the first company in the global PV sector to obtain Product Carbon Footprint Verification from TÜV Rheinland, a leading worldwide provider of technical services highly respected in the solar industry. TÜV Rheinland’s assessment was conducted in accordance with international carbon footprint standard PAS 2050:2011, a publicly available and universally applied specification providing a method for assessing the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of various goods and services.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

The WEEE Directive regulates the appropriate treatment of end-of-life products and requires that producers (e.g. manufacturers and importers) of electronic and electrical equipment comply with national waste management obligations in Europe, including the related financing and administration. Manufacturers of those devices have to comply with the national WEEE laws of the countries they are operating in. The first and original (2002/96) WEEE Directive dates from 27 January 2003 and was amended in 2003 and 2008. In 2012, PV modules fell under the scope of the WEEE Directive for the first time.

Yingli Solar was the first China-based company to join PV CYCLE, a pan-European take-back and recycling scheme, offering dedicated photovoltaic (PV) waste management and compliance solutions in the European Union (EU).

For more information about PV-Cycle: http://www.pvcycle.org

For more information about the WEEE directive: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/weee

In Italy
Yingli cooperates with Cobat, the Italian PV recycling consortium. For more information about Cobat: http://www.cobat.it

Corporate Sustainability Report

The Corporate Sustainability Report covers significant economic, social and environmental impacts associated with our global operations. In preparing this report, we reviewed Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines and U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) sustainability recommendations. We believe our reports conform to the requirements of Level C of the GRI Guidelines. Click the links below for more information.

2013 Corporate Sustainability Report

2015 Corporate Sustainability Report