Having an ethical and transparent supply chain is a matter Aura Power takes very seriously, particularly as part of a sector that strives for the highest standards of sustainability.
The panels for our solar farms will be sourced from suppliers that can demonstrate that the materials used have been supplied from factories that respect human rights and which can be audited.
The solar industry has been responsive to reports of the use of forced labour in China for the production of polysilicon and is working hard to prevent these abhorrent practices throughout its supply chain.
The UK solar industry is working with international trade bodies to develop a traceability protocol to safeguard the global supply chain from human rights abuses. The US has already announced a sanction on imports of solar products with links to the Xinjiang region and the UK Government is also investigating the matter and developing a comprehensive package of measures to help ensure no UK organisations are complicit in the serious human rights violations in the region.
Aura’s partner, ibVogt who will build our solar farms and source the panels, are members of the European and International Trade Associations, Solar Power Europe and SEIA , who are both committed to guiding their members on practices which ensure an ethical supply chain and have issued statements on this matter.
The same principle applies to the sourcing of our battery storage units. The industry is working to eradicate minerals sourced from mines which do not comply with global human rights or environmental standards.
As a renewable energy business, sustainability is at the heart of our company ethics. We seek to practice what we preach by supporting sustainable transportation with our staff, recycling in our offices and using sustainable office materials such as recycled printer paper and recycled office furniture.
We have recently made a commitment to reach net zero by 2030 under the UNFCCC ‘Race To Zero’ campaign and will be publishing our progress on yearly basis. Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.