A leading figure in European PV technology research has urged the global solar industry to pull together to make itself heard at the COP 21 climate change talks in Paris later this year.
Professor Wim Sinke, head of the solar programme at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), said the sector needed to speak “with one voice” about what PV has to offer negotiators looking to break the deadlock on a legally binding climate agreement.
Sinke, who is also chair of the of the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform, was speaking at a symposium on collaborative European PV research held last week at France’s national solar institute, INES, in Chambery.
Sinke said he believed there was little chance of the sector influencing “to any extent” the COP 21 meeting. “But at least the information that is on the table with the different groups and negotiators should be according to the latest insights into what is possible,” Sinke added. “We must speak with one voice. And it should be very clear what the PV sector has to offer, otherwise we will not be taken into consideration.”
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