BAODING, CHINA & MUNICH, GERMANY: Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd, which holds the brand Yingli Solar, is a leading solar energy company and one of the world's largest vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturers.
Turning green not only in every aspect of the production process but also in each business interaction, Yingli Green Energy has joined forces with Atelier Damboeck Messebau GmbH and ClimatePartner to realize fair stands in a climate-neutral way.
The joint "greenstands" project commits to realize all production and logistical processes in an ecologically sensible manner. Whenever emissions cannot be avoided - for instance caused by transportation and other forms of inevitable energy consumption - projects are compensated by ClimatePartner's internationally recognised certificates supporting green projects.
The first Yingli Green Energy "greenstand" will be presented at Intersolar in Munich from June 9 - 11 at hall B5, stand 228.
The carbon-neutral stands of stand-building company Atelier Damboeck within the greenstands initiative are based on the three-rule principle: 1. avoid, 2. reduce, 3. offset.
The first step is to analyze the CO2 emissions produced and savings potential -- e.g. by finding production processes using less energy, optimising logistics and more. The second step is to minimize CO2 output, for instance using environmentally-friendly raw materials, re-using materials such as parts of a fair stand, furniture to outfit stands and events several times.
In the third step emissions that can't be avoided are compensated. Therefore climate protection consultancy Climate Partner offer an objective third party calculation of the emissions produced and the option to compensate those by purchasing emissions credits in the form of internationally recognized environmental protection certificates.
With the purchase of these certificates investments are made world-wide in selected climate protection projects. Climate Partners supports several of those projects and the clients can decide which specific one they want to support with their certificate.
"The greenstands initiative is exactly the kind of initiative we had been looking for," says Liansheng Miao, chairman and CEO of Yingli Green Energy. "Through greenstands, we are able to support an environment protection project in Cape Town which ties in well with our engagement for the 20 Centres for 2010, the official campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup(TM), for which we're providing solar equipment.
"The aim of the campaign is to create twenty Football for Hope Centres for public health, education and football in disadvantaged African communities as a legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup," continues Miao.
For Yingli Green Energy being a responsible company, sourcing climate- friendly solutions in every step of the value chain has always been a top priority. Led by the company's vision to utilize solar technology to create a greener and cleaner world, the company is committed to fostering innovation, building trust, and honouring social responsibility through their expertise in renewable energy.
In pursuing this vision, Yingli Green Energy has taken pride in becoming the first Chinese member of PV Cycle, a voluntary take back and recycling programme for end-of-life-modules. Furthermore, all of the Company's production facilities are certified to ISO14001 (Environmental Management Standard).
"The greenstands initiative has drawn a lot of interest. However, we are still working on educating the market by including even more partners and suppliers -- for instance trade show organizers - in order to go green. Paramount to the success of greenstands are companies such as Yingli Green Energy who are willing to get involved and invest into environmentally sound solutions," says Andreas Damboeck, Managing Director, Atelier Damboeck Messebau GmbH.
With several large industry events coming up in 2010 and the years ahead, Yingli Green Energy and their partners are perfectly prepared to raise the bar in green technology and sustainable development for a better tomorrow.