One of the first labels for positive impact businesses bringing together protection of nature and financial viability through a strict assessment process made by a pool of independent experts. In collaboration with renowned institutions, solutions applying to the label must go through a neutral and certified methodology.
The Solar Impulse Efficient Solution label is designed to shed light on existing solutions that are both clean and profitable and have a positive impact on quality of life.
A decision as to the attribution of the label will be made by the Solar Impulse Foundation following a rigorous assessment based on a verified methodology and against several criteria performed by external independent experts.
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.
To be considered for the Solar Impulse Label’s assessment, a solution must meet the following eligibility conditions:
All solutions that fit the eligibility conditions will be sent to experts to be evaluated under 5 criteria covering three main topics of Feasibility, Environmental and Profitability.
The label has no expiration date, but rather is linked to the month and year of its attribution. For example, if a label is attributed on 24 June 2019, it is labelled June 2019.
With that in mind, it is to note that labelled should always be viewed through the lens of the version of the standards for its month of attribution. For example, a solution labelled on 24 June 2019 will remain labelled by the April 2019 version of the standards even if it was submitted and prescreened in October 2018.
There is no plan to automatically review solutions that have already been labelled a Solar
Impulse Efficient Solution. It is the member’s voluntary responsibility and decision to resubmit, or not, their solution at any given point. Finally, if the solution provider loses its member quality within the World Alliance, it’s label will also be withdrawn, with immediate effect.
While building an entire labelling process was a challenge, with a number of internal documentation materials (expert recommendations, flowchart, etc.) and computer tools (project submission platform, follow-up file of assessments, etc.), the real work is actually to implement it. Indeed, the relevance of the Solar Impulse Label depends directly on our capacity to complete the process in accordance with our Standards for every single solution application we receive.
This is why we asked EY, one of the world’s largest consulting firms, to audit and review our process. After assessing the appropriateness of the Standards regarding its relevance, its exhaustiveness, its reliability, its objectivity and its clarity, and reviewing the various tools deployed for the implementation of the Labelling Process, they tested a sample of 10 solutions that had been through the whole process and concluded that the Labelling process was implemented in accordance with the principles and operating rules described in the Standards.