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Climate Efficient Solar Energy

Climate Efficient Solar Energy aimed to increase knowledge about the global warming impact of photovoltaic (PV) systems and make it easier for customers to procure climate efficient solar modules and to climate-optimize the operation of their PV systems. In the project, RISE collaborated with HBV and Energy Agencies Storsthlm and Southern Sweden.

Solar cells generate no emissions during operation, which is the main advantage of the technology from an environmental and climate perspective. But for a full picture, the production and management of end-of-life solar cells must also be taken into account, in a lifecycle perspective. The production of solar cells and solar modules is particularly energy-intensive. Knowledge about solar cells' carbon dioxide emissions in a life cycle perspective is quite low amongst market players and it is unusual that any specific climate-impact requirements are used in (public) procurements of PV systems.

The purpose of the project Climate Efficient Solar Energy was to contribute to increased climate performance from PV systems by:

  • increasing related knowledge among market participants
  • develop and test procurement criteria to steer towards lower climate impacts from used solar PV modules
  • compile guidance for a climate-optimized management of PV systems

Results and publications by the project (Swedish only)


Project name

Climate Efficient Solar Energy



RISE role in project


Project start


2 years and 2 months

Total budget

1,68 MSEK


HBV, Energy Agency Southern Sweden


Swedish Energy Agency, HBV

Project website


Project members


External press

Supports the UN sustainability goals

7. Affordable and clean energy
Michiel van Noord

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Michiel van Noord


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