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Active Working Groups


In order to create a favorable political environment and support the PV manufacturing industry in Europe, the European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC) initiated three working groups, on the topic of Policy mapping, EcoDesign and Energy Labelling and EU Recovery funds and IPCEI.

Policy Mapping Working group mission

The initiative was instigated by Lucas Weiss (Voltec Solar) and introduced by Carsten Rohr (vice-chair of the ESMC). This working group aims at identifying relevant policies (already in place, under development or potential new policies) impacting the PV market demand and more importantly European PV manufacturers.

A survey was conducted rating the impacts of these policies, either positive or negative on the PV industry. The results obtained through this survey will serve as a basis for future policy recommendations to promote European solar manufacturing.

EcoDesign Working group mission

The European Commission is considering environmental policies for PV and are considering the mandatory policies EcoDesign for modules and inverters and Energy Labelling for PV systems, in addition to voluntary Eco-Label and Green Public Procurement.

Following the JRC preparatory study, ESMC initiated a Joint Mission Group under ETIP-PV to join forces with Solar Power Europe, PV Thin and IECRE (IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications) to engage in the policy development process and provide expert input.

The work of the Joint Mission Group is structured in 4 working groups:

  • WG I – EcoDesign PV Modules
  • WG II – EcoDesign Inverters
  • WG III – Energy Label
  • WG IV – Sustainability Criteria

The concrete objective of this Joint Mission Group is to produce an Expert Input Paper with a common position towards the European Commission in the initiative of setting up sustainable product policy instruments (criteria development of the EC policies). This paper was issued in march 2021, see below.

Latest working group publications

Carsten Rohr
ESMC Vice-chair

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Expert input paper – EcoDesign and energy labelling for photovoltaic modules, inverters and systems in the EU

The concrete objective of this Joint Mission Group is to produce an Expert Input Paper with a common position towards the European Commission. This paper was issued in march 2021.

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EU Recovery Funds and IPCEI Working group mission

The PV industry might be able to emulate the success of the Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) for the battery and other industries of strategic importance. It would elevate PV to be considered as a strategic industry in Europe and would allow public subsidies to exceed state aid limitations.

This working group launched in 2021 will aim at shaping a PV industry IPCEI at European Level bringing together European manufacturers and National Governments with the aim to enable co-financing of PV industry development in Europe.

Latest working group publications

Johan Lindahl
ESMC Secretary General

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Policy statement – Appeal for RRF commitment

Download the Policy statement Solar manufacturing renaissance in Europe — appeal for RRF commitment where ESMC advocates for RRF to take the strategically important PV industry in consideration.


Industrial policy letter

Download a letter to commissioner Thierry Breton and commissioner Kadri Simson that advocates for a IPCEI for PV manufacturing signed by eight Member States.


Our latest activity in the working groups

One of ESMCs core missions is to stay updated on the latest news of the PV industry. Below, you can find the latest press releases on ESMC activities. Beside these published announcements, ESMCs working groups are involved in public consultation rounds on the central policy topics.

March 14, 2024 in News, Press Release

ESMC’s Board of Director Changes — Increased European value chain representation

On Monday, the 11th of March in Frankfurt, the European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC) convened for its Annual General Meeting, marking the conclusion of operations for 2023 and setting sights on the year ahead. Four new company representatives have been elected to the Board of Directors, expanding ESMC’s representation across…
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March 11, 2024 in News, Position paper

Release: ESIA in-depth look at the ingot-wafer supply chain Final report summarizing the findings of interviews conducted for the supply chain gap study

The European Solar PV Alliance (ESIA) is an industry initiative launched by the European Commission. It brings together companies, institutes, and organisations in the European PV industry with the primary goal of proposing practical solutions to enhance the PV value chain in Europe. The steering committee includes the European Commission,…
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March 5, 2024 in News

Finally, a ban – but delayed implementation raises concerns

Last night the negotiators from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission came to an agreement on the proposed regulation to prohibit products made with forced labour. As expected, the agreement keeps the fundaments of the original proposal; that all products made with forced labour should be banned…
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