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:
The assessment methodology is designed to evaluate candidate Solutions against five criteria grouped in three different themes: Feasibility, Environmental Impact 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 labeled June 2019.
With that in mind, it is to note that labeled Solution should always be viewed through the lens of the version of the standards for its month of attribution. It is not in the scope to automatically review Solutions that have already been Labeled as Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions. It is the member’s voluntary responsibility and decision to resubmit, or not, their solution at any given point.
Finally, if the Solution’s provider ceases to be a Member of the World Alliance, SIF retains the right to withdraw the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label attributed to that Member with immediate effect.
The Solar Impulse Foundation collaborated with EY, one of the world’s largest consulting firms, in order to perform a thorough review of the first version of the labeling process (December 2018). EY assessed the appropriateness of the Standards regarding its relevance, exhaustiveness, reliability, objectivity and its clarity. An external audit was performed. EY reviewed all the various tools deployed for the implementation of the labeling Process, tested a sample of Solutions that had been through the whole process and concluded that the labeling process was implemented in accordance with the principles and operating rules described in this document (Standards). The Solar Impulse Foundation will continue to closely collaborate with EY to ensure updated standards are maintained and well applied and expects EY to perform further audit reviews in the future.
The Solar Impulse Foundation recently launched a collaboration with the European Commission (EC) with the aim of creating an equivalence between the EC selection process and the criteria assessed for the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label.
The aim of the equivalence is to recognize the projects selected by the EC as a part of the Solar Impulse Foundations 1000 Solutions portfolio, to provide visibility, credibility, and to further help them connect with potential stakeholders such as investors, clients, companies, and cities.