The second Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Stakeholder Forum was held on 7 and 8 April at the Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology. The event was organised by the JRC and the Commission's Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV), both responsible for the set-up of the Environmental Technology Verification pilot programme.
The programme offers a verification procedure for cutting-edge environmental technologies that can assess and confirm their claimed environmental added value. ETV accelerates the acceptance and diffusion of innovative technology by providing developers, manufacturers and investors access to credible third-party validation of a technology’s performance, proving the reliability of the manufacturers' claims. In addition, it can help technology purchasers identify innovations that suit their needs. The EU ETV pilot programme covers the following areas: energy technologies, water treatment and monitoring, materials, waste and resources.
The JRC provides scientific and technical support to the initiative, in particular to the Technical Working Groups, which are coordinated and chaired by the JRC. They ensure the harmonisation of ETV practices across the different verification bodies of the ETV pilot programme, in order to achieve a high and comparable quality level. The JRC also manages the central registry of verification statements, and supports DG ENV in the general ETV communication, including hosting the EU ETV website, and in its international ETV activities, such as participating in the ISO Working Group on ETV standardisation.
The 2nd ETV Stakeholder Forum focused on the results of the EU ETV pilot programme after one year of operation. It also broadened the discussion to how the benefits of ETV can support both public markets in their promotion of green urban environments and the industrial green-tech supply-chain in their development and marketing of innovative solutions. The event gathered speakers from different verification bodies taking part in the ETV programme, as well as technology developers undergoing ETV verifications and stakeholders in the process such as representatives from local authorities and industrial associations.
The Forum was organised in parallel with the 16th European Forum on Eco-innovation and the European EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) Awards Ceremony, which was linked to the Metropolitan Solutions and the IndustrialGreenTec fairs.