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Yingli Green Energy Joins WWF's Climate Savers Program

BAODING, China, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) ("Yingli Green Energy" or the "Company") is a leading solar energy company and one of the world's largest vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturers, which markets its products under the brand " Yingli Solar". In a statement released jointly with World Wide Fund for Nature ("WWF"), the Company today announced that it had become the first Chinese company and the first PV manufacturer to join the Climate Savers program initiated by WWF.

Climate Savers is a global leadership platform which positions multinational corporations at the forefront of the low-carbon economy. The member companies set sector-leading targets for greenhouse gas ("GHG") reduction in their own emissions and work with other companies, suppliers and partners to implement innovative solutions for a clean, low carbon economy. Initiated by WWF in 1999, the Climate Savers program now counts 30 member companies, including Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Nike, Hewlett Packard, The Collins Companies, Xanterra Parks and Resorts, Sagawa, Sony, Tetra Pak, Lafarge, Catalyst, Novo Nordisk, and Nokia Siemens Networks. All of these companies have pledged to reduce their GHG emissions considerably.

Yingli Green Energy's major Climate Savers commitments include:

By the end of 2015,
  • to reduce GHG emissions per MW of PV module production by 13% compared with that in 2010, including direct emissions and indirect emissions from the consumption of electricity and heat
  • to reduce GHG emissions from purchased goods and services per MW of PV module production by 7% compared with that in 2010
  • to reduce GHG emissions from upstream transportation by 10% compared with that in 2010

"At Yingli, we work on the mission of providing affordable green energy to the world every day," said Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and CEO of Yingli Green Energy. "We have also been dedicatedly carrying out our corporate social and environmental responsibilities through constantly reducing our energy consumption and GHG emissions in our production and operations. In addition, we aspire to leverage our industry leadership to lead the PV industry's transition to low-carbon production. By 2015, we hope to launch a Global Green Solar PV Manufacturing Standard, which aims at promoting energy consumption reduction, increasing utilization percentage of renewable energy and reducing GHG emissions. We look forward to working more broadly with WWF and joining hands with other Climate Savers to lead the world's transition to a low carbon economy."

"As an industry leader, Yingli has been committed to transforming cutting-edge technologies into high-performance products," said Mr. Jingfeng Xiong, Vice President and Chief Climate Officer of Yingli Green Energy. "While pursuing this target, we have been constantly reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions in our production and operation in order to provide greener and cleaner PV products to our customers. We know that cutting carbon emissions and spurring economic growth can go hand in hand. Through conducting a series of activities to accomplish our Climate Savers commitments, we will also be able to effectively reduce our energy consumption and further enhance our cost advantage."

By the end of 2012, Yingli Green Energy has provided nearly 6,000 MW of high-quality PV modules to customers worldwide, powering approximately 800,000 households with green electricity every year. Compared with conventional thermal power generation, these modules can reduce approximately 200 million tons of GHG emissions during the 25-year life cycle.

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