Wednesday 17th May 2023: Today, the Solar Stewardship Initiative (SSI) has opened a process for interested organisations to provide feedback on its development.
The SSI was launched in October 2022, by SolarPower Europe and Solar Energy UK, with the goal of securing and demonstrating responsibility, transparency, and sustainability across the solar value chain. The Initiative is working to establish mechanisms that gather and verify information on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of operators in the solar value supply chain. The central instrument is the SSI Code, which sets out the specific ESG criteria, which will be monitored by independent auditors.
The Initiative currently collaborates with over 60 organisations from across the solar industry and is supported by third-party sustainability experts and the international finance community. It is now calling on actors in the field of ESG, to submit their input to the draft SSI Code, and the further development of the SSI.
Have your say on the Solar Stewardship Initiative here.
Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe, commented,
“We are committed to building the Solar Stewardship Initiative on a foundation of transparency. This public consultation is the next natural step in taking the views of all interested groups across industry, civil society, and the ESG community.”
Chris Hewett, CEO of Solar Energy UK commented,
“The opening of this consultation marks a critical next stage for the SSI – transitioning from being piloted towards becoming a fully operational system, which will ensure that the European solar industry upholds the right standards, in the right way.”
Complementing ongoing exchanges with sustainability experts, the consultation further develops the ways in which interested parties can engage with the Initiative.
The SSI is being established as a multi-stakeholder initiative with representatives on its governing bodies from industry at different phases of the value chain, civil society, representatives of affected communities, and independent experts on ESG and standard-setting.
The consultation is open until Wednesday, 12 July 2023.
Guidance on submitting comments to the consultation is available here.
The SSI will hold dedicated webinars to facilitate further feedback on the Initiative. The first webinar takes place on Wednesday, 24 May 2023 at 15.30 pm CEST, in English. Interested parties can register here.