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Capitalising on the Sun
Critical Perspectives on Resources, Land and Waste in the Global Solar
28-29 May 2018 University of Edinburgh, UK
Solar energy has entered a new era. Projections of future growth in demand
for solar are unprecedented. Over the next five years solar energy is
poised to add as much to worldwide capacity for electricity generation as
wind or hydropower combined. But what are the social and environmental
justice implications of rapid growth in the solar economy? What are the
effects of rising demand for minerals and metals in solar photovoltaic
supply chains? What kinds of jobs is the solar economy creating? What are
the impacts of large scale solar infrastructure projects for communities?
And what kinds of electronic and toxic waste does the solar industry
Until now these questions have been addressed in isolation. There have been
few attempts to link concerns across the global solar supply chain, or
across the Global North and Global south. This 2-day event will bring
together researchers from academia, international organisations and
campaign groups. Speakers include Dustin Mulvaney (San Jose State
University), Sheila Davis (Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition), and Komali
Yenneti (University of New South Wales).
The workshop will also see the launch of Better Solar, an international
network aimed at promoting a fairer, more sustainable solar economy through
research and advocacy. The workshop will be organised around four themes:
Land processes of land appropriation and dispossession for solar
infrastructure development; claims to the solar commons
Mining the exploitation of mineral resources (including lithium, cobalt,
silver, bauxite) for the production of solar batteries and photovoltaic
modules; the organisation of mineral extraction; solar powered mining
Labour: working conditions, labour control and discipline at sites of
manufacturing in solar supply chains (including PV modules, electronic
components); global subcontracting arrangements and o shoring; forms of
unfair, bonded labour and modern slavery; corporate social responsibility
Waste the production of toxic and electronic waste across the life cycle of
solar electronic equipment; solar repair economies; the politics of solar
Limited support for travel and accommodation is available
If you would like to participate in the symposium, please contact
jamie.cr...@ed.ac.uk by April 15th 2018.
For further information or to become a member of Better Solar, please
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