Labels and Recognizable Awards

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Cleantech Industry Labels

After an extensive search of relevant organizations and companies, media reports, and academic databases, no labels could be found that could be applied to Clariter's products, are internationally recognized, and are not already present in the Ecolabel Index. Nonetheless, below we have provided several potentially useful findings regarding eco-labels (also known as environmental labels), followed by an explanation of our research methodology.

Findings

  • There are three types of eco-labels. The first is a Type I label, which includes labels provided by third-party organizations that certify whether applicants meet a set of established criteria.
  • Examples of Type I labels include The Blue Angel of Germany, Nordic Swan of Scandinavia, China's Environmental Labeling Plan, and Eco Mark of Japan, among others.
  • Type II eco-labels "indicate an environmental claim made by the manufacturer themselves, without evaluation by a third party." Ricoh's Recycle label is an example of a Type II label.
  • Type III labels "indicate the environmental impact of products and services in a quantitative manner and are stipulated in ISO14025 as an international standard."
  • Examples of Type III labels include Japan's EcoLeaf, which "is awarded to products that disclose quantitative information about their environmental characteristics;" and Carbon Footprint, which "is a mechanism to visualize the emissions of greenhouse gases (in CO2 equivalent) from procurement of raw materials to disposal and recycling of products."
  • A study published in the Journal of Business Ethics in 2018 (full text can be accessed for free here) found that "consumers’ trust of government and environmental NGOs to provide credible environmental information encourages consumers’ use of ecolabels sponsored by these entities, and consumers do not differentiate between certified versus uncertified ecolabels in the presence of trust."
  • On the other hand, this study found that "consumers’ distrust of private business to provide credible environmental information discourages their use of business association-sponsored ecolabels." The study's authors suggest that third-party auditing may be sufficient to overcome this distrust.
  • Additionally, as may be expected, awareness of a given label likely affects the degree to which that label benefits the products it appears on, as a 2017 study published in Sustainability found with regard to the EU Ecolabel. The study's authors noted that "lack of awareness of the EU Ecolabel by consumers and to the insufficient and inadequate promotion and support granted by public institutions" were a detriment to the overall value companies reaped from the EU Ecolabel.
  • In any case, eco-labeling does appear to be effective at influencing pro-environmental consumer behavior, as a study published in a 2017 volume of the Journal of Strategic Marketing found.

Your research team employed the following strategy:

To find labels that would be relevant to Clariter regarding sustainable materials, green chemistry, upcycling, treating plastic waste, or reducing fossil fuel use, we first sought lists of labels by relevant organizations and companies. We found a variety of these lists, including the following:

Unfortunately, all labels included on these lists were disqualified based on the provided criteria, most commonly because they were also included in the Ecolabel Index, although some — for example, the German label RAL or the Japanese label EcoLeaf — did not meet specifications for other reasons, such as failing to address the products that Clariter produces, or being local rather than international in scope.

As a second approach, we conducted an extensive press search. Through this approach, we hoped to find media articles regarding relevant labels, or additional lists of labels that had not been found through the previous method. Failing to find any new data in the past two years, we expanded the search to the past ten years, but still did not find any relevant labels.

As a third approach, we conducted a search of academic databases, such as Google Scholar and ScienceOpen. With this approach, we hoped to find studies examining either one or multiple labels, and thereby potentially discover labels that were not found through the previous approaches. While a variety of articles discussing eco-labels were found, none lead to the discovery of relevant eco-labels.

Failing to find any relevant eco-labels through these three methods, we concluded that there may not be any labels that could be applied to Clariter's products and are not already listed in the Ecolabel Index. Nonetheless, we sought to provide some potentially useful information regarding ecolabels, such as the types of ecolabels in existence and some findings from academic studies found in the third phase of research.
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Cleantech Industry Awards

Two of the most globally recognized awards in the cleantech industry that are relevant to Clariter include The Energy Globe Award and S&P Global Energy Awards. These awards are awarded to cleantech companies with extraordinary innovation potential and are some of the most popular awards in the cleantech space. Due to the restricted nature of the request, most of the awards found during our research weren't eligible based on religion scope, and application requirements.

GLOBAL AWARDS IN THE CLEANTECH SPACE

The Energy Globe Award

OVERVIEW

  • The award was first given in 1999, and it is regarded as one of the most popular and prestigious awards in the field of clean and green technology.
  • The award is given under five basic categories, which are related to innovations that help resolve environmental problems. The award is conferred for technological innovation in the field of environmental sustainability, which covers treating plastic waste, and reducing fossil fuel use and several other relevant areas.

DETAILS ABOUT THE AWARD

  • Applications have been submitted from more than 180 countries around the world. The award is typically awarded to the best already-implemented clean and green tech rather than tech in the planning and the implementation phase.
  • Clariter could win this award due to its innovations in the field of recycling, refining, and hydro refining.
  • Additionally, the patented process of the company involves an innovative approach to address the sustainability of the environment.
  • There are no entry fees for nominating a company or an individual for the award under any category. Self-nominations can be filed.

S&P Global Energy Awards

OVERVIEW

  • The award program by S&P Global Platts offers 20 awards under different categories for companies and individuals to be recognized for their exceptional vision, innovative solutions, and remarkable financial performance in the clean and green space.
  • The award that is relevant to Clariter's work profile is the Award of Excellence Downstream, which covers companies in the field of "petrochemicals, polymers, and refining."
  • It is a well-recognized award, and participants from more than 40 countries compete for the S&P awards.

DETAILS ABOUT THE AWARD

  • Clariter has a strong chance of winning the Award of Excellence Downstream since it has a unique process of refining and hydro refining, which is backed by high-end technology.
  • Additionally, the company uses a well-defined approach for "massive scale oil processing" in medium and small-scale plants.
  • No registration fees are required for nominating a company, institution, or individual. There are no typical patterns for the awards as each year, different awards from different categories are given to participants from different countries and organizations from various fields.

OTHER AWARDS IN THE GLOBAL CLEANTECH INDUSTRY

A list of other awards in the cleantech industry has been provided below. These awards either do not meet the application fee requirement or are limited to a single country only.
  • Green Awards from the GreenTech Festival are one of the most prestigious awards in the clean and green tech space. The Green Award — Innovation of the Year is relevant to Clariter's unique and practical approach to tackle one of the most severe problems affecting the environment. The award is given to recognize innovation in product or process in the clean and green technology industry. The application fee for the nomination of the award gets disclosed once an applicant files a nomination and is not available publicly.
  • The BusinessGreen Technology Awards are among the most prestigious awards in the UK. The award event offers a mainstream platform for industry leaders in the clean and the green tech space to present their product or process innovation in front of some of the biggest market investors. The award is given to companies and individuals who have the potential to lead the cleantech market with their innovative solutions to environmental sustainability. One of the main judging criteria include the evaluation of the clean technology created by the company and the environmental benefits it has.
  • CleanTech Awards by the CleanTech Alliance are among the most popular awards in the industry; however, they are limited to the alliance members only. The CleanTech industry award is a recognition of global excellence in the field of clean technology. Some of the most popular finalists of the award include industry leaders like McKinstry, Spark Northwest, and Zero Shift. The awards have a limited region scope, which only includes participants from the Northwest countries.
  • The "European Business Awards for the Environment" is a symbol of distinction in the field of eco-innovation. This award is conferred by the European Commission and is only given to the most significant contributors to the clean and green tech space. The award has a prerequisite for all applicants, which requires them to have won in a national level competition or event organized by the government for the cleantech innovation. The applicants can also apply, if the national coordinators of the event approve an application, based on previous experience in the field at both state and national levels.

RESEARCH STRATEGY

We were able to list only two of the most recognizable awards in the cleantech industry that meet the requirements of being open to many countries and having a nomination or entry fee of less than $100. We have tried several strategies to list the most recognized worldwide awards for the cleantech innovators.

First, we searched for award databases to find a pre-compiled list of awards popular in the cleantech space. While there were databases specific to industries and countries, there were no particular portals which could provide us with relevant awards from the industry. We also found that several government portals for different countries listed some prominent awards for various industries, including the United States, Malaysia, and several other countries. However, none of these government portals had any relevant award listings. Most of these awards were restricted to a country only, and the international awards highlighted in these portals did not match our application requirements.

Next, we searched for articles and industry publications about the most recognized awards in the cleantech industry. We searched through some of the most prominent publications including Forbes, Environmental Expert, CleanTech, and several others; however, none of these provided any information about awards other than the ones which are already identified.

Since none of these strategies were fruitful, we conducted a two-part triangulation. First, we searched for the industry leaders of the global technology space and then individually searched for the awards that they have been conferred with, on their official websites. Most of the industry leaders we identified were conferred with the Cleantech Group's Global Cleantech 100 Awards, but none of them had listed any other international awards for cleantech innovation. Some of the awards received by them were region-specific and were not globally recognized. Next, we searched for global summits and competitions organized by both forums and multiple government organizations. We limited the scope to prizes and honors awarded for the product or process innovation in the field of sustainable materials, green chemistry, upcycling, and plastic treatment. While we found several reputable summits, the criteria and the application process involved was not pertinent to our request. We found award events like the European Business Awards for the Environment, which is one of the most recognized and popular awards given by the government; however, the process of application involves a prerequisite, which mandates every applicant to be a winner of a national level award of such kind. Since we were not sure about the achievements of the company in Europe, we weren't able to confirm if this was relevant for our research. All other events and summits that we found were either restricted to a country or required an application fee of more than $100.

Due to the restricted nature of the request, most of the awards found during our research weren't eligible based on religion scope, and application requirements. We have provided two relevant awards and have highlighted some of the awards and the events that we have found during the course of our research.
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