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This is the record of the first Workshop on "Life Cycle Analysis and Recycling of Solar Modules - The �Waste� Challenge" held in Brussels on 18/19 March 2004.The Workshop had two focus points.

First to rise the awareness of the Photovoltaic Community about the European Directives 2002/96/EC on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and on 2002/95/EC on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (ROHS), which have to be implemented by the Member States in 2004. These directives will have a significant impact on the PV industry, not only because the future waste classification of PV modules is an important issue, but also the sustainability and the green image of the PV industry as a whole has to be considered.

The second focus was on Life Cycle Assessment the correct evaluation of External Costs and the Recycling of Solar Modules, which will help to avoid these problems. The workshop gave an overview about the current scientific and political discussion, identified problems and showed the way for possible solutions.

Additional information

Authors: JAGER-WALDAU A (EDITOR), European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21101 EN (2004), 229 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
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