COP21: Global Solar Council launches with call to end all trade barriers by 2020
Canadian Solar CEO and guest speaker at the Global Solar Council launch Shawn Qu says solar can only tackle climate change effectively if there is global commitment to free trade.
The COP21 UN Climate Change Summit in Paris saw the launch today of the world’s first dedicated and unified body for the solar industry, the Global Solar Council (GSC).
Amid a backdrop of slow but encouraging progress on climate change at the wider COP21 summit, the GSC launched with a clear message from a guest speaker at a landmark solar-industry side event: collaboration and the removal of trade barriers is key if solar is to fulfill its promise of changing the earth’s energy landscape.
Among the speakers at the launch of the GSC was Canadian Solar CEO Shawn Qu, who said that he believes that the GSC’s two chief goals should be ending the use of kerosene lamps worldwide by 2025, and pushing to remove all solar trade barriers globally by 2020.
Qu was a guest speaker at the Global Solar Council launch and while he does not speak directly on behalf of the Council, he and Canadian Solar have specifically singled out tackling kerosene use for lighting as a worthy early target for the organization. The CEO is also personally championing the removal of solar tariffs among Council members.
“Every country that participates in solar has its own strength,” Qu said. “Some, like Germany and Switzerland, are skilled in making the machinery required; others are good at production and distribution, and some regions are great at system integration.
“Only with the free flow of products, technology and expertise – unhindered by trade barriers – can solar continue to reduce costs and play its role in the fight against climate change.”
The GSC was launched just days after it was confirmed that the European Commission (EC) would be extending solar dumping duties and the minimum import price (MIP) on solar modules imported into Europe for at least 15 months.