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The privacy of our users is important to us and we take care to safeguard it. We have updated this policy in line with the principles of the EU General Data Protection Directive that comes into effect on 25th May 2018.

This page describes our privacy policy, including the information that we might collect and how this is processed and stored.

Who are we?
The ETV4INNOVATION project concerns the development and the implementation of an innovative practice and a new training path in the field of Environmental Technology Verification (ETV). There are 6 partners (https://www.etv4innovation.eu/) from Ireland, Spain, Poland, France, Denmark and Bulgaria. The project started in December 2017 and ends in March 2020.

ETV4INNOVATION has been funded with support from the European Commission under the Erasmus + programme. The privacy policy reflects the opinion of the authors (that is, the partners to this project) and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use of the information contained therein.

What information do we collect about you?
We collect information you provide to us:
  • when you complete a form we issue, whether on or off-line (for example, a survey questionnaire
  • when you attend one of our events / forums
  • when we ask you for feedback to help evaluation and validation of training modules
  • if you take part in any piloting of the training modules


Information might include your nationality, name, company, address, job role, education-level, time in the industry, email address, and company web site. At no time do we mention an individual person – all personal information is treated in confidence and aggregated.

We may also collect information about you from third parties such as:
  • other stakeholders


How we use information about you?
  • to help collate the results of a survey
  • for further contact by email or telephone
  • to advise you of the progress/completion of the project
  • to invite you to events / forums
  • to gather feedback from you
  • to invite you to participate in a pilot of the project


Who might we share your information with?
Information is shared between the partners but this would not usually include names or other personal information, except in attendance lists at events/forums or if you volunteer to participate in a pilot programme or some other evaluation/validation event. Erasmus + also has full access to the project information gathered, as their staff are tasked with monitoring and evaluating progress and whether the final outcome meets the set criteria. All information sent to Erasmus is stored in its secure servers and privacy policies are displayed in country sites – for example https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/privacy / https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/how-we-use-cookies

What technology platforms do we use?
The project uses google forms to conduct surveys. Individuals complete these forms only if they so wish and in such an event their details are recorded in a google spreadsheet accessible by the partner administrators. Administrator access to the site is password protected. For google safeguards for personal data see: https://policies.google.com/privacy.

As the platform operates globally and is based in the USA, personal data can be transferred outside of the EEA. Google complies with the EU-US and Swiss-US Privacy Shield Frameworks as set forth by the US Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use and retention of personal information from European Union member countries and Switzerland, respectively. For details – see https://www.privacyshield.gov/Program-Overview.

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This policy was last modified on 24/05/2018

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Development of an online resource to train enterprises with the final objective to foster them into Environmental Technology Verification


Europe faces a range of environmental challenges that will impact on its future prosperity. These include resource depletion, increasing water scarcity, air pollution, climate change and biodiversity loss. Europe leads on innovation in environmental technologies which can provide solutions, while also increasing EU competitiveness. However, breaking into the market with innovations can be a significant problem, because innovation by definition cannot show a successful track-record. Without credible information about innovative technologies, potential buyers are unsure whether or not to trust the claims made about their performance. In 2011, the European Commission with 7 Member States launched a solution to address that problem: Environmental Technology Verification (ETV). It is an initiative that provides third-party verification of the performance claims made by technology manufacturers. By using a Statement of Verification, which is the product of a successful ETV process, ETV provides credible information on the new technology. Market access for innovative environmental technologies is significantly enhanced and the technological risk for technology purchasers is reduced.

ETV4INNOVATION is a two-and-a-half-year long EC funded VET Strategic Partnership project under Erasmus+ programme. It has been designed with the aim to support the development and the implementation of an innovative practice and a new training path in the field of Environmental Technology Verification (ETV). There is a very strong demand from buyers of innovative eco-technologies for performance guarantees. The Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) statement offers the only internationally accepted guarantee of performance for any eco-technology. As the new ISO 14034:2016 standard, ETV can provide eco-technology developers with a real competitive edge for marketing their products. As the ETV verification statement offers guarantees of the performance of eco-technologies, the process of obtaining ETV verification statements follows very strict guidelines and procedures. To obtain such statements rapidly and at the lowest cost, companies must meet the level of requirements of the ETV verification process at all phases of product development. 

 


 


 

ETV4INNOVATION is part of a global endeavour to provide companies that develop eco-technologies with an efficient and successful access to Environmental Technology Verification. ETV4INNOVATION aims to design and develop Joint Curricula for filling gaps in relation with ETV for current and future managers and workers in technological sectors as materials wastes and resources; energy technologies. More specifically, ETV4INNOVATION will develop open-access e-Learning modules aiming to help eco-technology developers gain an in-depth understanding of the ETV scheme, thus providing them with knowledge and resources to facilitate the procedure of obtaining ETV verification statements for the eco-technologies they market.

 

The ETV4INNOVATION partnership has defined the following specific objectives:

 

  • Identify the lack of knowledge in the organisations (SMEs) to be able to manage and bet on ETV, which incorporates green requirements in the development of new eco-technologies.
  • Design and develop a Joint Curriculum on ETV with the participation of stakeholders from the industry and experts from the green technologies topic, such as Verification Bodies, Clusters and Universities, and other with expertise in this eco-innovative verification (ETV).
  • Deliver the Joint Curriculum on E-learning platform
  • Break borderlines among SMEs and large companies and experts in ETV, creating common procedures and skills.
  • Equipping enterprises with the right skills and knowledge for the ETV verification and fostering a sustainable technology process.
  • Promoting better anticipation of ETV skills needs and developing better matching between skills, companies needs, and European green requirements.
  • Creating awareness of current environmental problems, the need to carry out a sustainable development, and bring more respectful practices with the environment. 

 

EXPECTED RESULTS:

 

ETV4INNOVATION project defines the following Intellectual Outputs:

 

  • OUTPUT 1: Key study on general needs by SMEs towards ETV 
  • OUTPUT 2: ETV4INNOVATION Joint Curriculum
  • OUTPUT 3: ETV4INNOVATION Training Material
  • OUTPUT 4: ETV4INNOVATION Training and Collaborative Platform





ABOUT Environmental Technology Verification




 

You are selling or looking for innovative eco-technologies? The innovative eco-technology performance verification ETV program is for you!

The ETV program is an international scheme that delivers a performance certificate for innovative eco-technologies, whose validity is recognized and guaranteed internationally. The system relies on an independent verification body that verifies the performance claims of an eco-technology, by using certified test structures if necessary.

The ETV scheme is for all vendors of eco-technologies, who will find in the ETV scheme the only internationally accepted solution that proves the performance claims of the technologies they market.

The ETV scheme is for all buyers of eco-technologies (companies, local authorities and public authorities), who will find in the ETV scheme a unique solution to identifying innovative eco-technologies that meet their needs, while reducing their investment risk with the ETV performance audit report, which contains all credible and reliable performance data verified by a recognized third party.

 

SMEs holding a technology that performs well above normal standards or that presents an innovative approach to solving an environmental problem can face market penetration challenges due to lack of independent and credible evidence of its advantages. Other stakeholders, such as purchasers or investors who are committed to using environmental technology solutions are often faced with non-comparable, incomplete or un-tested performance information when assessing the available market options. Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) provides an independent evaluation of new technologies with a view to validate environmental claims so that users, developers, regulators, and other parties can make informed decisions about purchasing, applying and regulating innovative technologies. Verification builds vendor credibility and buyer confidence by providing assurance that environmental performance claims are valid, credible and supported by high quality, independent test data and information.

An ETV verification statement provides documentation that the technology you sell lives up to your promises -  for instance, that it has a certain function or complies with specific requirements. This may be low energy consumption, a cleaner technology or high performance.

The verification is recognised within the EU and in other countries as well, including Korea, the USA, Canada and China. The mutual recognition of an ETV means that you can market your products and use test results from one country when you promote your product on an international scale.

 

 

You can obtain an ETV for your technology in the areas of:

  • Water treatment and monitoring (ex. monitoring water quality, treatment of drinking water and waste water);
  • Materials, waste and resources (ex. separation and sorting of solid waste, recycling of materials, end-of-life products and chemicals, biomass-based products);
  • Energy technologies (ex. renewable energy, energy from waste, energy efficiency technologies).
  • Recycling technologies - of batteries, accumulators and chemicals, industrial by-products and waste into secondary materials, construction waste into building materials, Separation or sorting techniques for solid waste, materials recovery.
  • Agriculture technologies
  • Air cleaning and monitoring
  • Monitoring and cleaning of soil and groundwater

 




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NEWS and EVENTS






The 1st International consortium meeting of the Eramus+ project ETV4INNOVATION

Date: 2018-03-18 20:37:48

The 1st International consortium meeting of the Eramus+ project ETV4INNOVATION took place in Dublin between 13th -14th, December,2017. ETV4INNOVATION is a two-and-a-half-year long EC funded VET Strategic Partnership project under Erasmus+ programme. It has been designed with the aim to support the development and the implementation of an innovative practice and a new training path in the field of Environmental Technology Verification (ETV).The main objective of the project is to develop online training material in order to increase the knowledge of companies on the Verification of Environmental Technologies (ETV). ETV contributes to the protection and conservation of the environment by promoting and facilitating the adoption of innovative environmental technologies by the market, providing them credibility and reliability through an independent and impartial confirmation of the characteristics of these new green technologies.

ETV4INNOVATION will promote knowledge about this verification among technology companies in order to promote a sustainable and reliable environmental industry. 

ETV4INNOVATION consortium has defined the following specific objectives: 

1) Identify the lack of knowledge about ETV in order to manage and bet on compliance with the necessary requirements to request this verification.

2) Design and develop a Joint Curriculum for ETV with the participation of different interest groups from the sectors related to environmental technologies, experts in the field of verification of green technologies.

3) Create new job opportunities for people who acquire these new skills in the areas of production of environmental and sustainable technology, innovative processes in the industry and promotion of eco-efficient products.

4) Create awareness about current environmental problems, the need to carry out sustainable development and to carry out practices that are more respectful with the environment.

5) Train companies with the necessary skills and knowledge for the development of current and future green technologies and promote a sustainable procedure.

 

The project involves project partners from Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Ireland, Poland and Spain.

INVENTYA VENTURES (EU) Ltd., Ireland

GREEN SYNERGY CLUSTER, Bulgaria

CETEM – Asociacion Empresarial de Investigacion Centro Tecnologico del Muebley La Madera de la Region De Murcia, Spain

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE TOULOUSE, France

INSTYTUT TECHNOLOGICZNO-PRZYRODNICZY, Poland

PURFIL ApS, Denmark





12th Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) technical working group (TWG) meeting

Date: 2018-03-19 15:16:40

Mrs. Wawrzyniak from the Insitute of Technology and Life Sciences, Poland presented ETV4Innovation project during the 12th Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) technical working group (TWG) meeting held in Brussels on 15th March, 2018. During her presentation she outlined ETV4INNOVATION` main objectives, e.g. development of open-access e-learning modules aimed to helping eco-technology developers gain an in-depth understanding of the ETV scheme and providing them with knowledge and resources to facilitate the procedure of obtaining ETV verification statements for the eco-technologies they market. Mrs. Wawrzyniak also presented information on the current state of the art of the project Intellectual Output 1: Key study on general needs by SMEs towards ETV, where a targeted Questionnaire is currently implemented within a number of SMEs and stakeholders in participating countries – Bulgaria, Denmark, Ireland, France, Poland and Spain.  

If you are interested, please contribute to our Questionnaire for the SMEs operating in the eco-technology field. The Questionnaire can be found here.

The ETV4INNOVATION presentation of Mrs. Wawrzyniak could be found by clicking here: 

 

 





A new version of the EU ETV General Verification Protocol has been launched by the European Commission

Date: 2018-05-28 18:08:10

In April, 2018 the European Commission updated the EU ETV General Verification Protocol (GVP). The previous version, which was published in August 2016, has been updated with the integration of all relevant references to the ISO Standard 14034.

When the European Commission launched the voluntary scheme for Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) on an experimental basis through the EU ETV pilot programme, experts decided to create a document for supporting this initiative.

This document is the General Verification Protocol (GPV) which has been created with the aim of supporting the development and implementation of ETV.

The purpose of the GVP is to provide an organisational and technical framework and procedures enabling the provision of independent and credible information on new environmental technologies, by verifying that performance claims put forward by technology developers and manufacturers are complete, fair and based on reliable test results. At the core of a verification process under ETV, test results produced before or during the process are reviewed in order to assess relevant parameters for the performance of the technology. Mutual recognition of verification results is ensured in the European Union by following the procedures as laid down in this GVP.

This 1.3 version integrates all relevant references to the ISO Standard 14034, ensuring that an ETV verification in the EU programme is also fully compliant with the ISO Standard for ETV. The ISO standard features specific sections on verification principles, accepted testing practices and reporting requirements, to help create a level playing field for technological innovators and encourage greater market acceptance of innovative technologies.





4TH EDITION OF ETV STAKEHOLDER FORUM

Date: 2018-05-28 18:09:36

The European Commission and Directorate General organised the last February the 4th ETV Stakeholder Forum: Evaluation and Future of ETV in Europe.

 

 

European Commission created these ETV Stakeholder Forums in 2012 as a place where stakeholders interested in ETV can share views on the EU ETV pilot programme, advise the European Commission and Technical Working Groups on its implementation and contribute to its evaluation and way forward.

In 2017, the EU ETV Programme decided to promote an evaluation to better understand whether it is achieving its desired outcomes and impacts after three years of actual operation. Specifically, the European Commission wanted to know if the current Programme meets the objectives set when launched and is functioning as planned, both in terms of the verification infrastructure which has been established, as well as the expected outcomes for innovators that are using the scheme.

The results of this evaluation were presented during the Forum as well as an assessment of possible options for the future of an EU ETV scheme performed.

More specifically, a robust system has been developed although there are only 26 technologies verified until the moment and a further of 40 are in the process. There a high value of initial enquiries, 1166, but the ETV should be more attractive in order to achieve more companies involved in the process of verification.  Finally, the forum finished with some studies of feasibility as use ETV as proof of performance in the context of GPP policies or even turn ETV into an Innovative Technology Verification (ITV), among others.





The EU ETV Programme increased the number of products verified by ETV

Date: 2018-10-23 13:59:45

The European Environmental Technology Verification Programme (EU ETV Programme) has increased the number of products verified by ETV since its creation. Concretely, the last verified product has been manufactured by Nateo Sante. This French company specializing in indoor air quality has been developing, for several years, different ranges of air purifier. It offers professionals and individuals a solution for air purification against pollution in indoor spaces related to the presence in the air of different types of pollutants.

In this context, RESCOLL carried out the ETV verification on:

Operating parameters, such as:

  • The air flow
  • A-weighted sound power level
  • The electrical power absorbed

 

Performance settings such as:

  • Evaluation of the safety of the device: Control of the absence of particle emission
  • Performance evaluation with respect to inert particles
  • Device safety assessment: Control of the absence of emission by-products
  • Evaluation of performance - Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Evaluation of performances with regard to microorganisms and allergens
  • Evaluation of performance - Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), recirculation test

 

The product has been verified by RESCOLL, one of the two Verification Bodies located in France.





Verification Bodies, key element in ETV

Date: 2018-10-23 14:00:25

The structure for the European ETV Pilot Programme compiles the interaction of different actors: technology manufacturers, SMEs, technology representations, etc. This post will be focused in the role of Verification Bodies which carry out the verification procedure of this new product or technology.

A verification Body is an organisation accredited as fulfilling the requirements of ISO 17020 to perform verifications under the EU ETV Pilot Programme and complying to the requirements specified in the General Verification Protocol document (GVP).

 

Each Verification Body is accredited for at least one subset of the specific technological areas included in the ETV pilot programme: materials, waste & resources; water treatment and monitoring; energy technologies, air cleaning and monitoring; monitoring and cleaning of soil and groundwater; cleaner production and processes.

The Verification Bodies have the obligation and responsibility of reviewing and verifying the claims proposed by technology manufacturers in an independent, objective, impartial and confidential way.

At the moment, there are 14 Verification Bodies located in the six countries involved in EU ETV Programme: Poland, Finland, Italy, France, Denmark, United Kingdom and Czech Republic.

If your organisation is interested to become a Verification Body, it should contact the national accreditation body of their country. If you are an organisation from a country which are not involved in EU ETV Programme, please contact directly with the EC ETV contact.

More information below in the link:

https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecoap/etv/verification-bodies_en





French Environmental Agency published a report on SMEs support methodology towards ETV

Date: 2018-10-23 14:00:45

ADEME, the French Environmental Agency, has been commissioned by the Ministries of Environmental and Industry for the establishment and deployment of environmental technologies performance verification device by a third party expert (Environmental Technology Verification, ETV) base European Pilot Program launched by the European Union in 2011.

The feedback, both European and French, is that many SMEs are showing interest in favour of a concrete project implementation of ETV approach.

 

In 2017, ADEME carried out a study of SMEs and their interest in ETV. Some of the conclusions obtained by the French Agency were the need of an improvement in the communication on ETV with companies via the awareness of national support structures, the creation of a training module for future “escorts”, etc.

For more information about this report, you can find the whole document in the following link:

https://www.ademe.fr/methodologie-daccompagnement-pme-vers-dispositif-etv

This report has a wide quantity of common point with the report of ETV4INNOVATION Consortium obtained from the development of the IO1.



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INSTYTUT TECHNOLOGICZNO-PRZYRODNICZY

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Start: 01-12-2017
End: 31-03-2020
Acronym: ETV4INNOVATION Project
Reference: 2017-1-IE01-KA202-025703EU
Grant: 304.845 EUR
Programme: Erasmus+

Action Type:

Strategic Partnerships
for vocational education and training


Key Action 2:

Cooperation for innovation
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