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The EU Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) pilot programme is an internationally recognized scheme to support commercialization of innovative, environmental technologies.

The Czech Environmental Management Center operates as a Verification Body (VB) for two areas „Material, Waste and Resources“ and Water treatment and monitoring“ under the new EU Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) pilot programme.

Background

The EU Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) pilot programme is an internationally recognized scheme to support commercialization of innovative, environmental technologies.

  • ETV is a voluntary scheme that provides the verification, by qualified third party organizations (VBs), of the performance claims of new environmental technologies.
  • This should help manufacturers prove the reliability of their claims, and help technology purchasers identify innovations that suit their needs.
  • ETV is not about defining minimum requirements, but about ensuring the credibility of performance claims put forward by a manufacturer, thus going beyond existing minimum requirements.
  • ETV is not a new idea, and has been successfully implemented in the United States, China, Japan, Korea, Canada and the Philippines, and ongoing dialogue exists between the EU and these states on the implementation of ETV.

 

 

The diagram below shows the key processes in ETV:

 

 

Proposers - what's in it for you?

  • At present, standards and regulations take a long time to catch up to cutting edge technology. If you have a new technology that is not covered by current standards, how can you prove to investors or customers that the performance claims of your product are correct?
  • The 'Statement of Verification' reflects the actual performance of the specific technology. There is no pass/fail outcome like other product certification schemes.
  • Innovative SMEs can gain competitive advantage by differentiating their technology from that of larger competitors.
  • An International Working Group on ETV is preparing the ground for the mutual recognition of ETV programmes. This will enable new innovative technologies to be recognized internationally with the ETV statement of verification.
  • The quick scan is suitable for evaluating the results of applied research projects, operational programs and could be the basis for Ministry of Finance granting tax deduction on R&D projects.

 

Technology areas:

 

Examples of technology groups/ applications with illustrative technologies

  1. Water treatment and monitoring

 

 

 

  • Monitoring of water quality for microbial and chemical contaminants (e.g. test kits, probes, analysers)
  • Treatment of drinking water for microbial and chemical contaminants (e.g. filtration, chemical disinfection, advanced oxidation) and desalination of seawater
  • Treatment of wastewater for microbial and chemical contaminants (e.g. separation techniques, biological treatment, electrochemical methods, small-scale treatment systems for sparsely populated areas)
  • Treatment of industrial water (e.g. disinfection, filtration, purification)
  1. Materials, waste and resources

 

 

 

 

 

  • Recycling of industrial by-products and waste into secondary materials, recycling of construction waste into building materials (e.g. reworking of bricks), recycling of agricultural waste and by-products for non-agricultural purposes
  • Improved resource efficiency through material substitution
  • Separation or sorting techniques for solid waste (e.g. reworking of plastics, mixed waste and metals), materials recovery
  • Recycling of batteries, accumulators and chemicals (e.g. metal reworking technologies)
  • Reduction of mercury contamination from solid waste (e.g. separation, waste mercury removal and safe storage technologies)
  • Products made of biomass (health products, fiberproducts, bioplastics, biofuels, enzymes)

 

How to start?

The entire verification process is divided in two stages. The quick Scan and Verification.

As a first step, the proposer fills in a quick scan document, which is then reviewed by the Verification Body. Based on the quick scan results, the Verification Body either recommends the technology for a full verification or not. Quick Scan gives a first indication about the complexity and range of costs for a full verification excluding the testing costs.

The quick scan is assessed by the Verification Body using the following eligibility criteria:

  • Is the technology description sufficiently clear? Are the preliminary elements for the performance claim specific to the technology and verifiable?
  • Is the technology ready for the market? I.e. is the technology available on the market, or if not, is it available at a stage where no change affecting performance is likely to be implemented before introducing the technology onto the market
  • Does the technology present an environmental added value?
  • Does the technology meet user needs?
  • Does it perform in line with applicable legal requirements?
  • Does it show a sufficient level of technological innovation?

 

Contact

For more information, please visit http://iet.jrc.ec.europa.eu/etv/ or contact us at ondracek@cemc.cz