The UK’s Foreign Affairs Committee has called for a ban on the import of solar panels from Xinjiang Province, China, to tackle forced labour in the supply chain.
The UK government has confirmed it is investigating allegations of forced labour in the global solar supply chain, but refused to state whether or not it would be shortly following the US in enacting import sanctions on specific upstream manufacturers in Xinjiang, China.
Members of the UK solar industry have voiced support for plans to develop a supply-chain transparency protocol to tackle concerns over forced labour.
The new episode of the Solar Media Podcast, sponsored by Honeywell, is now available stream, as we explore recent solar price hikes in China.
Red tape, stagnant demand and elaborate outside pressures have made module pricing in the UK complex and seemingly insulated from global price trends. John Parnell examines the stand-offs maintaining a status quo in UK module prices.