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       Energy and Environment 21/02/2011
EU Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) scheme

The European Commission is actively exploring the development of a voluntary scheme on Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) through research and pilot projects, impact assessment and broad consultation.

The ETV scheme aims to generate independent and credible information on new environmental technologies, by verifying that environmental performance claims put forward by technology developers and vendors are complete, fair and based on reliable test results. Building on the success of similar schemes established in the United States and Canada, the objectives of the EU ETV are threefold: 

  1. To help developers and vendors, especially SMEs, provide objective and reliable evidence on the environmental performance of new environmental technologies arriving on the market, in order to convince first investors and customers on the merits of these technologies;
  2. To support technology purchasers (public or private) in basing their decisions on sound information, widely recognised as scientifically valid and acceptable as proof of evidence in tendering and purchasing procedures;
  3. To facilitate the implementation of public policies and regulations by providing citizens, regulators and decision-makers with solid information on the level of performance achievable by new environmental technologies ready for the market.

More information on the EU ETV pre-programme, launched in November 2010, can be found at

GHK has been contracted by DG Environment to assess the market potential and demand for an EU ETV
scheme across all the major environmental markets including energy technologies. The study outcomes will help to focus the scheme on those environmental product applications that would benefit most from such a performance verification process. (Deadline: 1 March 2011).

Focus on companies in the following 7 Technology areas (as well as electronics and software which may cover all areas):

  • Water treatment and monitoring
  • Soil and groundwater monitoring & remediation
  • Cleaner production and processes (including energy efficiency in industry & buildings)
  • Materials, waste and resources
  • Environmental technologies in agriculture (including air pollution control, building design, water, waste management, fertiliser etc)
  • Air pollution monitoring and abatement
  • Energy technologies (including renewable, CHP, waste to energy, biofuels)


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