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International Energy Agency
Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme
Paris, France, 15 October 2020 – The Sustainability Task (12) of the IEA PVPS has recently published 2 important reports detailed below.
Methodology Guidelines on Life Cycle Assessment of Photovoltaic 2020

This report is the fourth edition of the methodology guidelines to lead a complete Life cycle Assessment (LCA) of PV electricity. The main technical characteristics and parameters have been updated.

The publication is available here.

Environmental LCA of Residential PV and Battery Storage Systems

This report presents the results of an environmental LCA of a residential PV (10KWp) system combined with  3 battery storage sizes (5,10,20 kWh). The main conclusions are the following  : 

  • Greenhouse gas emissions of self-consumed PV electricity are between 80 and 90 g CO2 eq/kWh 
  • Greenhouse gas emissions of battery contributes between 15 and 25% to self-consumed PV electricity
  • Greenhouse gas emissions tend to increase with increasing storage capacity

The publication is available here.

About the IEA PVPS Task 12
Task 12 was established in 2010 within the IEA PVPS TCP. The goal of Task 12 is to foster international collaboration and knowledge creation in PV environmental sustainability and safety, as crucial elements for the sustainable growth of PV as a major contributor to global energy supply and emission reductions of the member countries and the world.

Contacts for Further Information:
Garvin Heath, Task 12 Operating Agent -
Jose Bilbao, Task 12 Operating Agent -
The International Energy Agency (IEA), founded in 1974, is an autonomous body within the framework of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Technology Collaboration Program (TCP) was created with a belief that the future of energy security and sustainability starts with global collaboration. The program is made up of thousands of experts across government, academia, and industry dedicated to advancing common research and the application of specific energy technologies.
The IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) is one of the TCP’s within the IEA and was established in 1993. The mission of the programme is to “enhance the international collaborative efforts which facilitate the role of photovoltaic solar energy as a cornerstone in the transition to sustainable energy systems.” In order to achieve this, the Programme’s participants have undertaken a variety of joint research projects in PV power systems applications. The overall programme is headed by an Executive Committee, comprised of one delegate from each country or organisation member, which designates distinct. ‘Tasks,’ that may be research projects or activity areas. This report has been prepared under Task 1, which deals with market and industry analysis, strategic research and facilitates the exchange and dissemination of information arising from the overall IEA PVPS Programme. 

The IEA PVPS participating countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States of America. The European Commission, Solar Power Europe, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Copper Alliance are also members. 
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