The UK and Europe’s solar trade associations have announced plans to develop a comprehensive corporate sustainability standard aimed at boosting the sustainability, transparency, and accountability of the industry’s rapidly-growing supply chain.

The Solar Stewardship Initiative (SSI), co-launched this week by Solar Energy UK and SolarPower Europe, sets out plans to develop a sustainability standard that companies in the solar supply chain can be verified against.

E.ON, Vattenfall, SSE, Centrica, Iberdrola, Engie, NextEnergy Capital, and Lightsource BP are among 50 companies that have already endorsed the Solar Stewardship Initiative.

The scheme aims to strengthen confidence in how, where and by whom products are manufactured as countries ramp up solar power capacity to meet their climate goals.

Solar is the fastest-growing segment of the clean energy market, and the International Energy Agency has predicted that solar will be Europe’s main energy source by mid-century. However, human rights concerns have dogged the solar

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