Global Sustainability Director, First Solar
Andreas Wade is the Global Sustainability Director at First Solar where he has been in charge of the company’s sustainability program for the past 4 years. Previously, as Director of Technical Relations and Public Affairs in Europe, he supported the long-term business development and market transformation in Europe, towards sustainable photovoltaic (PV) energy generation. Prior to joining First Solar, Andreas designed and implemented the life cycle management strategy for Q-Cells, another PV manufacturing company. He made his first forays into the classical energy sector with Shell Exploration and Production in the UK and the Netherlands, where he worked on energy efficiency improvements, emissions reduction and carbon mitigation. Andreas began his professional career with UNESCO as an Associate Expert on Recycling in the cluster office for the GCC in Doha, Qatar. He has an environmental process engineering background and holds a Master of Engineering degree from the Clausthal University of Technology in Germany.
In addition to his role as First Solar’s Global Sustainability Director, Andreas is President of the International Thin-Film Solar
Industry Association (PVthin) and elected Chair of the SolarPower Europe Environmental Committee. He currently
represents SolarPower Europe in the Steering Committee for the International Sustainability Leadership Standard for PV
Modules and is the Deputy Operating Agent of the International Energy Agency’s Photovoltaic Power Systems Program
Task 12 on Sustainability (IEA PVPS Task 12). Andreas is a member of the Steering Committee of the European Technology
and Innovation Platform Photovoltaics (ETIP PV).