Thanks to a rigorous evaluation process, the "Solar Impulse Efficient Solution" Label is the only evaluation that guarantees the economic profitability of products and processes that protect the environment. Considered a recognition for innovators and a credible trademark of quality for governments and companies, it enables decision-makers to find efficient solutions to meet their environmental commitments.
The Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label is designed to shed light on existing Solutions that are both clean and profitable. The Label is awarded to products, services, and/or processes that combine credible environmental and economic performance, while outperforming the mainstream options in its market.
The decision to grant the Label is based on a rigorous assessment performed by external, independent Experts. The development of stringent selection criteria has resulted in the Solar Impulse Label being internationally recognized and endorsed by several institutions, states, and cities around the world.
Each time I speak of protecting the Environment to heads of state or government officials, they tell me that it is too expensive. This Label is a strong message to them: solutions exist and represent the biggest market opportunity of our century. An opportunity which cannot be missed.Bertrand Piccard
The following eligibility criteria apply under all circumstances, a Solution must:
In addition to the Assessment Summary Report (ASR) Labeled Solutions will receive a communication toolkit which contains the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution logo in several versions. Members are encouraged to communicate about the SIF Efficient Solution Label on both digital and physical materials within the guidelines provided by SIF.
Products can be labeled with the SIF Efficient Solution Label logo starting from the day they receive their label (labeling date) up to three years’ time. After this time, labeled Solutions will maintain the right to promote their Solution using the Label (dated version) on their digital materials, but will lose the benefit of using the Label (un-dated version with ™ symbol) on physical products (e.g. packaging). More information can be found on the Label Standards.
In 2022, as part of SIF’s continued commitment to upholding the value, credibility, and impact of its Label, the Label Update Program (with retroactive effect) will be introduced. The Label Update Program (LUP) aims at introducing a process for already-Labeled Solutions to reaffirm their association with SIF as well as receiving an official confirmation that their solution still meets SIF standards. More information can be found in our Label Standards.
Ernst & Young (EY) collaborates with the Solar Impulse Foundation to provide expertise in securing the robustness of the Labelling processes which is the backbone of the Foundation’s mission to select and support clean and profitable projects worldwide. EY’s contribution focuses primarily on challenging the concept behind the Label selection process - including the choice of evaluation criteria, eligibility, and expert’s format of involvement– helping concretely shape and improve the future of the Efficient Solution Label. External auditing are performed on a regular basis on a significant sample of Solutions.
In the scope of its collaboration with the European Commission (EC), the Solar Impulse Foundation has created an equivalence between the (EIC) Accelerator Pilot Phase-2 / SME Instrument Phase-2 selection process and criteria of the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label.
As a result, all the selected Solutions that reached a certain score after Experts’ examination receive either funds or the Seal of Excellence of the EC if no funds are available. Awardees of the EIC Accelerator Seal of Excellence or funding recipients are complying with the minimum rating requirements for equivalence with the Solar Impulse Label.