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Standards for the Life-Cycle of Solar Energy Infrastructure
Procurement Process :RFP - Request for proposal
Deadline :12-Jun-23 @ 02:30 AM (New York time)
Published on :15-May-23 @ 12:00 AM (New York time)
Development Area :OTHER  OTHER
Reference Number :UNDP-IND-00126,1
Contact :Shahnaaz Basha -

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Introduction :


Task 1: Conduct Systematic Review of International Literature for solar life cycle, to be presented as drivers, barriers, and enablers

1.       1) Based on secondary research, summarize forecast projections for solar energy applications, including installation and waste trends, in line with achievement of Net Zero Emissions by 2050., while accounting for technology innovations and efficiency improvements,

2.        2) Conduct a material flow analysis (considering used, reused and lost) to identify top 10 markets in terms of supply and demand. 

3.       3)   Study the primary (top 10) geographic hubs for mining (raw materials, including rare earth metals and high-value ingredients), manufacturing, and new solar installations. Note on opportunities for value chain diversification, (top 10) countries that have unexplored potential to contribute to various stages on the solar life   cycle.

4.        4) Study the primary (top 10) geographic hubs for mining, manufacturing, and new solar installations. Note on opportunities for value chain diversification, (top 10) countries that have unexplored potential to contribute to various stages on the solar life cycle.

5.       5)  Collate and analyze globally adopted technical and performance standards for solar life cycle, including technology efficiency, standard operating procedures for testing and end of life measures.

6.       6)  Country Case Studies on good practices for recycling, recovery, and other implementable circular-design principles.

Task 2: Stakeholder consultations and baseline surveys on ESG practices in the solar life cycle, in top 10 markets.

7.       7) Assess the environmental impact of achieving the solar installation projections, including direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions, water and air quality, impact on natural resources and biodiversity, waste generation, etc

8.       8)  Assess labour practices and workforce vulnerability (gender disaggregated), in terms of human rights, property rights, health, and safety, access to basic services, social security, displacement and migration etc

9.        9) Conduct a gender analysis, mapping direct and indirect implications on women in terms of employment, income, access to services, quality of life etc.

10.     10) Assess the implications and risks of inefficient governance, including on complaint redressal, community-engagement, diversity, inclusion, transparency, and disclosures.

11.     11) Compile environmental, social and governance (ESG) compliance standards, regulatory frameworks and traceability protocols adopted for the solar value chain - point and process of origin; diversity in development of standards, application and implementational challenges; bottlenecks to global adoption etc.

12.     12) ESG Case Studies on best practices for ESG reporting or standards in the solar life cycle, adopted by either countries or companies


Task 3: Develop Summary Findings and Recommendations

13.    13)  Key takeaways from literature reviews and stakeholder surveys - gaps and risks to achieve the twin agenda of the Paris Agreement and SDGs

14.     14) Recommendations for developing, implementing, and reporting on environment, social and governance (ESG) practices.


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Procurement Unit

15 May 2023

Amendment : Added scope of work
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