SEOUL, July 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The government has announced plans for a carbon footprint certification system for photovoltaic modules as a part of efforts to increase the use of low-carbon photovoltaic (PV) modules.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced on Tuesday that it would start receiving applications to verify the carbon emissions associated with PV modules immediately.
The carbon footprint system for photovoltaic modules aims to quantify and verify the sum of per kilowatt of greenhouse gases emitted during the entire process of manufacturing PV modules.
The sum of greenhouse gases is measured by adding the amount of greenhouse gases emitted during the process of manufacturing PV modules with those generated in the production of electricity used for the manufacturing of the PV modules.
PV modules will be classified into three categories depending on greenhouse gas emissions derived from their manufacturing: below 670kg·CO2/kW, 670-830 kg·CO2/kW and over 830 kg·CO2/kW.
For each category, the ministry will provide different incentives in the renewable portfolio standards (RPS) bidding market and government distribution projects starting from the latter half of this year.
The ministry is scheduled to lay out the plan in detail on how to differentiate the incentives by the end of next month.
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