SHANGHAI — JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) (“JinkoSolar”), a global leader in the photovoltaic (PV) industry announced today that it has been awarded the Cradle-to-Cradle (“C2C”) certificate by SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection, verification, and certification organization. This is the first time a C2C certificate has been issued in China. The issuance of the C2C certification demonstrates JinkoSolar’s commitment to high environmental, health, and safety standards in its products and manufacturing processes as well as the promotion of environmental and sustainable best practices within the solar industry.
The world has witnessed the rapid development of the renewable energy sector over the past few years, as solar and energy storage systems become increasingly popular among governments, businesses, and the general public. In China, the solar industry, along with the entire renewable energy sector, has been highlighted as a key area of international collaboration by the “Belt and Road” initiative. As China’s solar sector becomes increasingly competitive, Chinese solar companies have made huge progress in breaking into overseas markets and accelerating the expansion of their global operational footprint. C2C certification, which is administered by the U.S. based C2C Products Innovation Institute, is valid for two years and is broken into five tiers: basic, bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. As production process and quality improves, businesses can be re-evaluated for a higher-tier C2C certification. For a product to receive C2C certification, it must be made of materials that can be safely recycled and must not do harm to both humans and the environment. Furthermore, C2C certification assesses the use of clean energy, adherence to efficient water usage, and corporate social responsibility during a product’s production process.
JinkoSolar is a global leader in the solar industry. The Company distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer based in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and other countries and regions. As JinkoSolar’s strong partner, SGS has made significant contributions to the development of certification for solar modules. Through a collaborative effort between JinkoSolar and SGS, the Company achieved the milestone of becoming the first to receive C2C certification in China. Not only is this milestone beneficial to JinkoSolar’s commitment towards environmental, health, and safety standards, but is also evidence of SGS’s strong certification abilities.
As one of the world’s leading testing, inspection, verification, and certification organizations, SGS leverages its deep industry experience, team of highly technical experts, and various certification labs around the world to provide testing and certification services to the solar industry. As for the C2C certification, SGS can provide a one-stop comprehensive solution to assist companies in meeting product design, manufacturing, safety, and environmental criteria set forth by the C2C certification process which also supports the expansion of companies globally.
About JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.
JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 6.0 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 4.5 GW for solar cells, and 7.5 GW for solar modules, as of June 30, 2017.
JinkoSolar has over 15,000 employees across its 8 productions facilities in China(5), Malaysia, Portugal and South Africa, 16 oversea subsidiaries in Japan (2), Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia, South Africa and United Arab Emirates, and 18 global sales offices in China (2) ,United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico.
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