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Knowing that the majority of a company’s carbon footprint comes from the products, we began making our first carbon footprint calculations of modules produced in Europe and China starting from 2015.

This year our partner Rete Clima conducted an LCA study on our Silk® Plus through which the various environmental impacts of our best-selling panel were measured, including its carbon footprint. From there we can work to reduce it even more. But choosing not to wait, we decided to act now and neutralize the module’s emissions through a water access project in Kenya. Learn about our Silk® Plus Carbon Neutral.

We have obtained environmental product certification EPD. EPD Declaration.

Higher efficiency = Lower carbon footprint

In general, during the development of our PV modules, in addition to increasing efficiency, we aim to reduce the carbon footprint. When module efficiency increases, the amount of material used per watt is reduced. Taking into account that the photovoltaic module is the electronic product with the longest lifetime guarantee, it is quite different from products with “planned obsolescence” such as cell phones, TVs, computers, etc.

What are we doing to reduce our carbon footprint?

We are participating in the European project IBC4EU, in which in a specific task we are working to reduce the module footprint thanks to the following actions:

  • less energy-intensive production process thanks to the new stringer we are developing
  • higher yield of plants thanks to bifaciality
  • other materials for cell screen printing (copper instead of silver alloy)
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Also, our R&D team is studying solutions to have frames in other materials, recyclable like aluminum, but less energy intensive.

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As for our BIPV (building integrated photovoltaics) products, these are modules that can be used in place of other cladding materials for dual energy/aesthetic purposes, where otherwise only traditional materials would have been used without energy payback.

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Among new developments, we have introduced the Velvet heterojunction module:this technology allows for a smaller carbon footprint at the cell level and consequently at the module level.

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Regarding the packaging of our products, they are constantly being optimized to increase the total power transported in a container. Today we put twice the peak power in a container, compared to 10 years ago.

PFAS-free materials

For the production of our PV modules FuturaSun uses components for which it has obtained the statements about the absence of PFAS substances from its suppliers:

  • Our backsheet is PFAS-free
  • Our Junction Box is PFAS-free
  • Our silicone is PFAS-free.

FuturaSun is committed to further request and control that all of the components used in its modules are PFAS-free.

The Sustainability of our Company

Ecovadis

Regarding the carbon footprint at the corporate level, we started doing our first calculations in 2020 with Climate Partner. This year we underwent the EcoVadis sustainability assessment, obtaining the silver medal in the rating. Our company’s impact was evaluated in the following areas: environment, labor practices, human rights and ethics.

Download the certificate here

PV Cycle

Our company is the leading Italian contributor to PV Cycle (30% of turnover) and we have been in module recycling schemes for more than 10 years.

Download the certificate here

CEI Protocol

Futurasun was a major contributor to the drafting of the CEI protocol for repairing PV modules to avoid waste production. (CEI Doc. CT 82. Technical Report. Regeneration of photovoltaic modules. Rev. 5/3/21).

Renewable energy

We are also renewable energy producers with 4.5 MWp of plants in Italy and Germany.

New production site

The new production site in Italy will be built according to all the energy efficiency criteria and will be entirely covered with photovoltaic modules.

Sustainability department

We have a department entirely dedicated to corporate sustainability. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at sustainability@futurasun.it

ESG

Environment, Social and Governance