Supply chain scrutiny may upend EU solar ambitions


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MILAN, May 23 (Reuters Breakingviews) - Making the world a greener place through clean energy is hard enough. Doing so while also avoiding human rights violations looks even harder. Western nations are rushing to install more solar panels to reduce their dependency on polluting fossil fuels like gas and oil. That’s in principle a boon for China, which dominates each step of photovoltaic manufacturing. Yet a rising legislative tide aimed at ensuring companies’ supply chains are free from forced labour and other abuses presents a mounting challenge for Western utilities. At the heart of the problem is Xinjiang. The province...