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China to recycle wind turbines and solar panels

China, renowned as the world's largest manufacturer of renewable energy equipment, has announced ambitious plans to establish a comprehensive recycling system aimed at managing the increasing waste generated by aging wind turbines and solar panels within the industry. This strategic move aligns with China's overarching goals of reducing its carbon footprint and lessening its reliance on coal. The nation is making significant strides in expanding its wind and solar manufacturing capacities to achieve its target of reaching a total wind and solar capacity of 1,200 gigawatts (GW) by the year 2030, a substantial increase from the 758 GW recorded at the close of the preceding year. However, this commendable progress carries with it the challenge of dealing with mounting waste as older renewable energy projects become due for replacement and decommissioning. With a substantial portion of existing capacity nearing retirement age, there are growing concerns about the environmental risks posed by this impending waste surge.
To effectively address this challenge, the National Development and Reform Commission of China is set to devise new industry standards and regulations that will comprehensively outline the appropriate protocols for decommissioning, disassembly, and recycling of wind turbines and solar installations. This initiative aims to establish a mature and comprehensive recycling system by the end of this decade. A noteworthy aspect of this endeavor is the recognition that photovoltaic (PV) panels typically have a lifespan of approximately 25 years, and a significant number of China's PV projects are already exhibiting noticeable signs of wear and deterioration, as reported by China's official Science and Technology Daily newspaper in June. In light of these factors, experts predict that China will need to recycle an estimated 1.5 million metric tons of PV modules by 2030, with this figure projected to surge to around 20 million tons by 2050. This proactive step by China mirrors the growing global apprehension regarding the environmental consequences of waste generated by the renewable energy sector, as some projections indicate that waste from solar projects alone could reach a staggering 212 million tons annually by 2050, as per a scenario outlined by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the previous year.




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  • Videlis Eddie

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    China is making a good move

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    • Ann Nyambura

      43 w

      This approach not only reduces waste but also amplifies the positive impact of clean technologies on our planet

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      • We Don't Have Time

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        • Sameen Shahid

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          👍

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          • Gorffly mokua

            44 w

            Heading to the right direction.

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            • Elizabeth Gathigia

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              Great move by China

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              • Annett Michuki..

                44 w

                impressive

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                • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                  44 w

                  Good move by China.A win for the climate

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                  • Markus Lutteman

                    44 w

                    Super important! Other countries should follow.

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                    • rosebellendiritu

                      44 w

                      A thought that will enable less ends on landfills.

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                      • Ajema Lydiah

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                        A great step

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                        • Princess

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                          This is could set an example for other countries to follow in managing clean energy technologies responsibly.

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                          • bonke reinhard

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                            Chaina is doing great keep moving

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