In support of our ongoing sustainability goals, First Solar reports on a number of selected sustainability performance metrics including our recordable injury rate, energy and water use, waste generation, and greenhouse gas emissions. We continue to build on this commitment and report on metrics that reflect the priority focus areas of First Solar’s Sustainability program. Unless otherwise specified, the data includes all of First Solar’s manufacturing plants and its major R&D facility.
Since 2008, First Solar has reduced its energy, water, waste, and carbon intensity through improvements in module efficiency, manufacturing throughput, and shifting to full-scale production. Underutilization of production capacity in 2012 resulted in reduced manufacturing efficiency which caused a slight increase in energy intensity. Significant improvements in module efficiency and manufacturing throughput in 2013 resulted in lower energy, water, and waste intensity across our operations. Total energy consumption, water use, and waste production decreased in 2013 with the closure of our European manufacturing operations.
As part of our commitment to extended producer responsibility and responsible lifecycle management, First Solar offers a global and proven industry-leading PV recycling program to further minimize the life cycle impacts of our products. We continuously strive to improve our technology and resource conservation measures to deliver greater economic, social, and environmental benefits globally.
First Solar implements programs and systems to ensure compliance with applicable environmental, health, and safety regulatory requirements. All First Solar manufacturing sites are certified to globally recognized standards: ISO 14001 for Environmental Management, ISO 9001 for Quality and OHSAS 18001 for Occupational Health and Safety.
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