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Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) is a service provided by the European Commission to help technology providers with new innovative environmental technologies reach the market with a competitive advantage. The ETV process takes the technology through a third-party validation which assesses the performance of the technology based on independent and credible information using the internationally recognised ISO standard 14034. The result is a ‘Statement of Verification’ detailing that the technology performance claims are complete, fair and based on reliable test results. With proof of performance credibly assured, innovations can expect an easier market access and/or a larger market share and the technological risk is reduced for technology purchasers and investors. Currently, a technology that performs well above normal standards or that presents an innovative approach to solve an environmental problem can face difficulties in penetrating the market due to lack of independent and credible evidence of its advantages. On the other hand, technology purchasers or investors committed to finding the best solution for their situation are often faced with non-comparable, incomplete or non-trustworthy performance information when assessing the available choices on the market.
The EU ETV Programme is one of the initiatives launched under the Eco-Innovation Action Plan of the European Commission. It contributes to Circular Economy by promoting the uptake of green technologies. The Programme set out to establish the foundations for a true European-level tool supporting and promoting eco-innovation mainly for highly dynamic and innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups. The programme is targeted at environmental technologies whose value cannot be proved through existent standards or certification schemes and whose claims could benefit from a credible verification procedure as a guarantee to investors. Following a successful pilot programme, the EU ETV Programme has been renewed and will soon expand to introduce new technology areas and include more Member States.
ETV is made for:
Take a look at the technology areas covered and at the eligibility criteria:
If you have a technology in this area, you should contact an accredited Verification Body (VB) to begin the verification process. The VB will need to know which claim you are looking to verify through their services and if there is any test data which can support your claim. View the steps of the verification process below for further information.
Market Penetration: Currently, a technology that performs well above normal standards or that presents an innovative approach to solve an environmental problem can face difficulties in penetrating the market due to lack of independent and credible evidence of its advantages.
Enhanced Credibility with Investors and Buyers: ETV also makes it easier for technology purchasers and investors to find the best technology for their needs with the credible, complete and trustworthy performance information when assessing the available choices on the market.
Credible and Impartial: ETV is a transparent process that provides credible and impartial results. Based on ISO Standard 14034, the verification procedure allows for an independent assessment and validation of the manufacturer's claims on the performance and environmental benefits of their technology. The information produced by the verification is public and can be used to compare performance parameters and therefore becomes an extremely useful tool to convince third-parties of the merits of a technology, potentially enhancing its market value and acceptance.
Structured and Complete: ETV ensures that performance claims are as structured and complete as possible so as to present a clear assessment of the entire technology's potential and value. The information provided, in the form of a Statement of Verification, gives the possibility for direct and objective comparison between different technologies thereby reducing the risk on adopting new technologies and encouraging informed and sound investments. ETV results could be used to prove compliance with any relevant legislation, to underpin a bid in public tendering, to convince investors or customers of the reliability of performance claims and to avoid having to repeat demonstrations for different users.
The Programme is coordinated by a Steering Group including the European Commission and seven Member States. Some Member States also have specific ETV schemes working in parallel alongside the European initiative in additional technology areas. The EU ETV programme is not restricted to these seven Member States, and welcomes technology proposers, verification bodies and/or test bodies from all countries as long as the requirements set out for ETV are fulfilled, as described in the General Verification Protocol.