REVEALED: THE UK'S MOST ETHICAL SOLAR POWER PANELS
With increasing numbers of households now taking advantage of the recently introduced feed-in tariff for home energy production, Ethical Consumer Magazine today names the UK's most ethical solar power panels.
GB-Sol, Solarcentury, SolarWorld and Yingli Solar are all identified as Best Buys in the latest buyers' guide published by Ethical Consumer Magazine.
In the first research of its kind Ethical Consumer surveyed the environmental and ethical policies of 13 companies who supply solar power panels to the UK domestic market.
The survey found that the industry's ethical performance is dominated by three key issues: sweatshop labour and workers' rights in production supply chains; toxic pollution and controversial activities including involvement in the arms trade.
The results reveal that some of the world's biggest makers of solar power panels are in fact amongst the least ethical with BP and Sanyo coming bottom in the survey.
Rob Harrison from Ethical Consumer and co-author of the buyers' guide said:
“Fitting solar panels on your roof is one of the most important and now cost effective actions that green consumers can take. However individuals have a key role to play in helping to drive sustainable manufacturing within the solar power panel industry by choosing the best performing companies.”
Within the same buyers' guide Ethical Consumer also identifies the most ethical small wind turbines.
NOTES TO EDITORS
1 BP scored bottom rating for a large number of ethical and environmental criteria including its poor record for environmental reporting policies and its involvement in the controversial Canadian tar sands project.
2 Mitsubishi and Romag are both involved in the arms trade with Romag supplying both the Israel Defence Force and the Singapore Army.
4 Launched in 1989 Ethical Consumer is the UK's leading ethical and environmental magazine. In each issue Ethical Consumer examines the ethical and environmental record of the companies behind everyday products and services from bread to banks. For more information visit the Ethical Consumer website: www.ethicalconsumer.org