ECO-INNOVATIONat the heart of European policies
The European Union Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) provides independent verification of the performance of environmental technologies, validating that the environmental performance claims put forward by technology developers and vendors are complete, fair and based on reliable test results.
ETV is intended for technologies with innovative features that cannot be fully assessed through certification or labels.
Thanks to tailor-made evaluation parameters and high-quality test data, ETV enables companies to validate features that make their technology unique, thus enabling them to differentiate themselves from (larger) competitors, gain visibility on the market, and access international markets with credible data.
The programme is particularly supportive for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs): among companies presenting technologies to ETV, SMEs account for 90% and within this, micro-enterprises for 50%.
After more than three years of operation, the testing-phase of the EU-ETV scheme was completed in December 2016. The EU-ETV Pilot Programme is currently undergoing an evaluation to better understand if it is functioning as planned, both in terms of the verification infrastructure and the expected outcomes for innovators (such as new sales, faster and wider market access, credibility and visibility on the market).
In addition to assessing the performance of the Pilot Programme, the evaluation will also be used to explore synergies with other environmental policies, such as Green Public Procurement and Public Procurement of Innovation; legislations based on technology performance; or with standards on for example, raw materials or remanufacturing.
On the basis of this evaluation, the European Commission will draw conclusions to decide on the best way forward.
As part of the evaluation, a formal and wide-ranging public consultation has been launched on 31 July 2017, following the dedicated Consultation Strategy. The public consultation is an opportunity for stakeholders to provide valuable insights on their awareness of the Pilot Programme, on how well it has worked, on the benefits and drawbacks of the ETV process, as well as on the future scope and direction of the scheme.
All citizens and stakeholders are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Technology developers, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), technology users and innovation experts are particularly encouraged to contribute.
The conclusions from the public consultation and from the full evaluation study will be set out in a report, which is to be published in the first semester of 2018. The ETV Pilot Programme will continue to run during the evaluation.
Last days to have your say!
The European Commission wants to hear your view on the EU ETV Pilot Programme.
The public consultation is available in nine languages (CZ, DA, DE, EN, ES, FI, FR, IT and PL) on the European Commission’s website. It will be open until 20 November 2017.
Join the debate!