Recent media claims that the Global Solar Council (GSC) was set up in response to current dumping claims proceeding through the US Commerce Department process are incorrect. The Global Solar Council is a CEO-led coalition of global companies working to promote a favorable political framework for solar power, unrelated to any active trade disputes, as was made clear by the Global Solar Council’s press release, White Paper and media responses.
The Global Solar Council’s long-term goal is to increase the global deployment of cost-effective solar energy in a sustainable way. One of its objectives, therefore, is to create awareness among stakeholders that free and open market conditions are essential to maintain a thriving global market for solar energy.
Members of the GSC are supportive of technology and manufacturing advances, effective public policy and market growth and recognize that an important element of the ongoing expansion of solar is an efficient global supply chain facilitated by rules-based trade regimes. They believe it is important that governments, international trade bodies and companies seek to resolve trade issues in a thoughtful and careful manner, thereby minimizing market and supply chain disruptions.As set out in its White Paper on trade, the Global Solar Council supports a strong, effective and enforceable international trading system that promotes free and open trade, with all parties acting in line with their commitments and responsibilities.