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First ETV4INNOVATION project newsletter



ETV4INNOVATION is 28 months long EC funded VET Strategic Partnership 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). ETV4INNOVATION is part of a global endeavour aiming to provide companies developing eco-technologies with an efficient and successful access to Environmental Technology Verification as the only internationally accepted guarantee of performance for any eco-technology.
 
The ETV4INNOVATION project aims to design and develop Joint Curricula for filling gaps in relation with ETV for current and future managers and workers in technological sectors. 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, dealing with
    new technology design, to be able to manage ETV
  • Design and develop a Joint Curriculum on 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 thus fostering a sustainable technology process
  • Promoting better anticipation of ETV skills
  • Creating awareness of current environmental problems, the need to carry out a sustainable development, and bring more respectful practices with the environment.

INTELECTUAL OUTPUTS  (IO):

  • IO1: Key study on general needs by SMEs towards ETV
  • IO2: ETV4INNOVATION Joint Curriculum
  • IO3: ETV4INNOVATION Training Material
  • IO4: ETV4INNOVATION Training and Collaborative Platform

TARGET GOALS:

  • Institutions involved in research actions - 60
  • Learning content downloads - 100
  • Number of techhnology designers reached - 190 
  • ETV4INNOVATION Multiplier events - 6 (one in each participating country)
PROJECT NEWS
The Eramus+  ETV4INNOVATION project kicks-off
 
The ETV4INNOVATION project was presented during the 12th ETV Technical Working group meeting

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Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) is a new tool to help innovative environmental technologies reach the market. Claims about the performance of innovative environmental technologies can be verified by qualified third parties called "Verification Bodies". The "Statement of Verification" delivered at the end of the ETV process can be used as evidence that the claims made about the innovation are both credible and scientifically sound. With proof of performance credibly assured, innovations can expect an easier market access and/or a larger market share and the technological risk is reduced for technology purchasers.
A video explaining more about ETV
NEWS ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY VERIFICAITON
A new version of the EU ETV General Verification Protocol has been launched by the EC

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4th Edition of the ETV Stakeholder Forum


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Information of allready verified technologies 

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Second ETV4INNOVATION project newsletter

ETV4INNOVATION is 28 months long EC funded project VET Strategic Partnership 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). ETV4INNOVATION aims to provide companies developing eco-technologies with an efficient and successful access to Environmental Technology Verification, as the only internationally accepted guarantee of performance for any eco-technology.
 
The ETV4INNOVATION project aims to design and develop Joint Curricula for filling gaps in relation with ETV for current and future managers and workers in technological sectors. 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.
PROJECT ACTIVITIES AND PROGRESS
The Eramus+  ETV4INNOVATION project celebrated its second project meeting in Poznan, Poland
The ETV4INNOVATION team prepared a complete analysis of the current skills and needs of technological sectors in order to replace the knowledge gap with high level of competences, enabling enhancement of the competitiveness of the eco-technology sectors and the green innovative requirements. This desk-based research was carried out to identify,
  • 1) the future and current needs related to eco-technology and ETV, and
  • 2) the main needs and requirements of European technology industry and other stakeholders to face these challenges.
The ETV4INNOVATON team carried out the search predominantly in Europe, particularly covering the countries that have already implemented ETV. The survey was conducted with 90 participants from SMEs and related stakeholders; including regional administrations, universities, development agencies, research and innovation entities, VETs students, etc. 
 
Some of the main conclusions of the endorsement survey are:
  • Most of the respondents were representing small companies with less than 10 employees, planning to commercialize one or two products of eco-technology areas in the field of energy technologies and water treatment technologies.
  • The obstacles mostly being faced by innovative eco-technologies when placing the new products into the market are - low environmental awareness, logistics and cost.
  • Covering the international market, biggest obstacles named were: legislative issues, lack of references as well as purchasing channels. 
  • Most of the clients of the respondents do require guarantees of the environmental performance of the eco-technologies they are selling. Tests and Certifications like LCA, ISO standards were the most required guarantees from eco-technology producers. 
  • The results of the survey demonstrated that almost 72% of all the respondents haven’t heard about ETV before. 
  • ETV is known for a very narrow group of people and respondents were also asked if their customers are sufficiently knowledgeable about ETV. The results showed that 92 % have no idea or much information about ETV
  • Overall, it is obvious that there is a huge need of ETV course for eco-technology companies given the amount of interests generated. To make the course more beneficial and valuable for the users, the curricula will be developed knowing the feedback from respondents.
  • The main reasons why some of the respondents were using ETV were: testing of performance; documentation of results; access to international markets, ETV works as a mean to prove the technology’s performance.
  • Those who have successfully passed an verification process were asked to share if the ETV verification process made them aware of some skills. The skill areas indicated were: knowhow, experimental planning, data analysis; preparation of pilot and certifications.


You can read the summary of IO1: Report of current needs and skills required towards Environmental Technology Verification


The full report: IO1: Report of current needs and skills required towards Environmental Technology Verification
Intellectual Output 2:
The ETV4INNOVATION consortium is currently developing the second output of the project: the ETV4INNOVATION JOINT CURRICULUM. The partners are defining and analysing the most suitable curriculum according to the conclusions obtained in IO1. The learning outcomes to be defined and descript will be grouped into units and modules and hence will form the ETV4INNOVATION training course. The online-course will provide information about Environmental Technology Verification with the aim to bring it closer to the SMEs and other related stakeholders. Additional information will be provided about the main green and other requirements that a company needs to meet during a verification procedure, as well as the steps on how to pass the ETV requirements.
DISSEMINATION AND PROMOTION ACTIVITIES
The ETV4INNOVATION Consortium took part in various dissemination events during its first year, namely:
  • The International Trade Fair for Environmental Protection POL-ECO SYSTEM (23th - 25th of October, 2018)
Our partner ITP presented ETV4INNOVATION during the POL-ECO SYSTEM, the largest and most important event in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. This event is used for multiple manufacturers in order to present their advanced technologies, solutions and products for sustainable development.
  • 10th Annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (2nd-4th of July, 2018)
CETEM disseminated ETV4INNOVATION project during the Edulearn 2018, one of the largest international education conferences for lecturers, researchers, technologies and professionals. The event also helped CETEM to learn experience on innovative tools, which could be used for the development of the project, like training material and collaborative platform.
  • IEF – 87th Izmir International Fair 2018
Green Synergy Cluster participated during the 87th Izmir International Fair (“INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY”), where the project and the relevancy of Environmental Technology Verification in new innovative technologies were promoted.
A sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe:
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ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY VERIFICATION NEWS
Purfil Aps - an ETV4INNOVATION project partner is starting an ETV procedure for an Ultra Filtration Module.
An Air Purifier has just been verified by the EU ETV programme
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 NatéoSanté. 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:
  1. The air flow
  2. A-weighted sound power level
  3. The electrical power absorbed
Performance settings such as:
  1. Evaluation of the safety of the device: Control of the absence of particle emission
  2. Performance evaluation with respect to inert particles
  3. Device safety assessment: Control of the absence of emission by-products
  4. Evaluation of performance vis-à-vis Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  5. Evaluation of performances with regard to microorganisms and allergens
  6. Evaluation of performance vis-à-vis Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), recirculation test
The product has been verified by RESCOLL, one of the two Verification Bodies located in France.
The French Environmental Agency published a report on SMEs support methodology towards ETV
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) based on the 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

It has to marked that 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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ETV4INNOVATION project newsletter 3

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ETV4INNOVATION is 28 months long EC funded project VET Strategic Partnership 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). 
ETV4INNOVATION ACTIVITIES AND CURRENT PROGRESS
The ETV4INNOVATION project is currently designing and developing the ETV4INNOVATION Joint Curricula - open-access e-Learning modules aiming to help eco-technology developers gain an in-depth understanding of the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) scheme, providing them with knowledge and resources to facilitate the procedure of obtaining ETV Statement of Verification for the eco-technologies they market.

Hence, during the last several months the ETV4INNOVATION consortium worked on to compile the ETV4INNOVATION Joint Curriculum. The intellectual output 2 (IO2) has analysed and defined the most suitable curriculum according to the target groups needs defined during the implementation of IO1. The Joint Curriculum has been designed in terms of the necessary areas of knowledge, with the aim to fit the variety of job profiles and the target industries of the ETV4INNOVATION project. It was done by identifying the learning outcomes that the proposed training content requires, as well as the training units addressing the specific needs of certain job profiles.

The number of modules is defined on the basis of the main conclusions derived from the report regarding the lack of skills and knowledge of SMEs and other ETV stakeholders. Based on the conclusions from IO1, different learning outcomes and training materials were formulated. The supporting units are constructed and organised in a coherent way.

Three main modules were defined and the related learning outcomes are described below:

Module 1: Basic aspects of verification of environmental technology
  • understand what ETV is and the purpose of this verification;
  • know the different entities involved in ETV ;
  • know and apply the basic vocabulary related to ETV ;
  • know and indicate people and entities that could benefit from ETV ;
  • know ETV EU standards and other basic documents related to ETV ;
  • know and identify the ETV features.

Module 2. Environmental Technology Verification procedure
  • describe application of technology through a given examples;
  • define entrance parameters dedicated to certain technology area;
  • choose and specify data needed for successfull application: matrix, purpose, specific operational conditions for technology given as an example;
  • identify eligibility criteria;
  • characterize groups of criteria’s: environmental added value; innovation level; relevance to user needs;
  • fulfilment the legal regulations, determine affiliation to technology areas.
  • describe what documents are deliverable of each steps of verification;
  • indicate initial parameters and assess verifiable of technologies;
  • express in a specific and unambiguous way using absolute measurable figures so that only one interpretation is possible;
  • reflect the needs and requirements of the users for specific applications at specific operational conditions;
  • know conditions of publication statement of verification.

Module 3. The ETV programme as a commercial tool on domestic and international markets 
  • identify and indicate the ETV benefits in terms of commerce and sales ;
  • identify the different technology readiness levels  (TRL);
  • identify the minimum requirements in terms of Technology Readiness to obtain an ETV ;
  • identify the benefits of clients buying ETV products, process or service ;
  • create and integrate a marketing plan for an ETV product, process or service ;
  • create map and define actual needs in technologies area ;
  • identify and analyse some ETV success cases.
Introductory videos providing an innovative and interactive introduction about ETV and hence engaging more people as users of the ETV4INNOVATION training content will be also integrated. The open access E-learning platform that will host the course will also alsp offer a number of other interactive tools.

Assesment:
  • After completing each lecture, users will be subjected to a questionnaire/quiz in order to check their skills, whether students will receive a certain number of points for each answer. Once getting the required number of points the users will pass the training module with a positive grade. 
  • After completing the course, each learner will be required to complete a general quiz based on the topics presented during the implementation of the whole course. A positive test result will entitle the users to receive a confirmation certificate. 
INTERVIEW  with Anders Tange,  PurFil®
Purfil Aps - an ETV4INNOVATION project partner

Mr. Anders Tange is the CEO of the Danish innovative company PurFil® ApS, founded in 2012.

In the 3rd issue of the ETV4INNOVATION newsletter Mr. Tange is going to provide information about its company and also about the Purrot® technology, which obtained Environmental Technology Verification Statement of Verification in 2016.


Mr. Tange, would you introduce PurFil® ApS and the Purrot technology? 

PurFil® ApS (Ltd.) is an innovative company, established in 2012. We are developing and market new innovative separation modules (Environmental Technologies) for mostly husbandries and private and public WasteWater Treatment Plants (WWTP), which “Do Not use chemicals”. Related to this, I have more than 25 years of experience in innovative developments: “This to secure our climate and environment better conditions, so we both protect ourselves, and especially, (because of much to many years with worldwide pollution), our children and grandchildren”. Since many countries around “the World” have finally realized, that we must reduce the consumption of chemicals, reduce the dangerous emissions destroying the Ozon layer and energy consumption and do more for recycling nutrients from farmlands husbandry, so we also tomorrow will have drinkable groundwater, we needs to optimize the “Close Loop for recycling” – Someone calls it as well “Circular Economy”, since mostly money has until now “controlled” our behaviour towards the Environment.

The PURROT® -module, which we have developed and optimized since we started the company, has been through an EU-ETV Verification. It is a new purely mechanical separation module for liquid waste. It is an innovative base module, combining / integrating 5 “known” technologies into one. Most of the used / known technologies are “normally” using chemicals - like polymers (= micro-plastic) and coagulants (like Iron and Aluminium) - when they are working separately / independently, but combined as the PURROT® -module, we don’t need these.

Further, we have our PURUF® Ultra Filtration -module, placed after the PURROT® -as an add-on module for a further / finer separation. This module is going through the ETV -procedure as well here in 2019 for testing and approving especially the modules ability to reduce (and concentrate) the content of Phosphorus and organic Nitrogen in the filtrate from the PURROT® -module, treating manure from husbandry as well as industrial wastewater.

Why did you decide to go through ETV verification procedure with your product Purrot®? 

We did the ETV Verification of two reasons. Both to get the Verification Unit to test our newly developed separation module with the authorized laboratory, so we got professional / extra manpower support at the different test sites.

Furthermore, we expected “optimistic” that the expected positive test results could be included in our marketing, when we can tell the potential costumers, that the module's properties do not come from our own tests, but from a publicly authorized and independent test unit.


Which environmental and performance parameters did you verify during the verification process ? 

We were testing the separation of different sorts of “manure”, meaning sow and cow manure and as well digestate from a biogas plant with different sorts of manure and other sorts of biomass like straw and grass. This related to the module’ ability to reduce (and concentrate) Total Solid (TS), Volatile / Volatile Solid (VS), and the nutrients Nitrogen (both Ammonia-N and Total N), Total Phosphorus (TP) and Total Potassium (TK). Further the consumption of electric power each ton of treated material.

How long did it take you to receive an ETV Statement of Verification? Could you describe the main steps? 

 
  1. Applying for the public Grant: 3 months.
  2. Making the Verification contract with Verification Body (VB): 1 month.
  3. Preparing the test period. 5 months.
  4. Doing the verification in the field with the Verification Unit (VU): 8 months (was from the beginning expected to be 6 weeks).
  5. Delivering the Test Rapport from the VU: 4 months.
  6. Having the Statement of Verification from the VB: 5 months.

What were the main benefits for you company after achieving the ETV Statement of Verification? Did you obtain more benefits in terms of sales, number of clients contacting your company, etc.? 

Foreign companies started within one month contacting us. First, from Holland (manure separation) and China (public WWTP), but it was later realized, that it was just “Copy page” -companies / competitors, why you must take care very much after the Statement publication at the EU Commission’s website.

Only very few private customers know about the ETV Verification, so the EU website is mainly used by manufacturers, advisors a researchers.

Same time, if we as “Statement owners” bring a reference to the EU-ETV-Statement during our marketing, we must explain what it is, to (in our case) any of the farmers we visit.
Meanwhile, more and more Public WWTP’s is starting to know about the ETV and some of our potential customers has shown interest to the ETV Verification, since our sales arguments are, that what we tells them related to our products “behaviour”, is not just a “sales pitch”, but results tested and signed by the public institute (the VU and VB).


Would you recommend the ETV Statement of Verification to other innovative companies? 

Yes! Since we as one of the first companies in Europe did the ETV in 2014, the group of potential customers and advisors has gained increasing knowledge of the ETV.

And I expect as well, that when we can present the add on PURUF® -module as ETV Verified, then the customers will show more interested in “What’s the ETV?”
DISSEMINATION AND PROMOTION ACTIVITIES
The ETV4INNOVATION Consortium took part in various dissemination events during the last several months, namely:
  • 15th SEE EE&RES and Save the Planet Exhibition, Sofia (16th - 18th , April, 2019)

Green Synergy Cluster took part within the 15th South-East Europe Energy Efficiency and Renewable exhibition, Save the Planet exhibition and Smart Cities, held in Sofia between 16-18th April, 2019. The event was a good opportunity to disseminate information about the Environmental Technology Verification process and ETV4INNOVATION project, as there were over 110 exhibitors and over 3400 international visitors, including managers from the Ecology sector, recycling and waste management sector, the energy and renewables field, etc. 

The ETV4INNOVATION project was disseminated among companies dealing with:

  • production of flexible fabric made from 100% recycled PET bottles;
  • shredders and granulators that reduce energy consumption by up to 30%;
  • machines for processing and recycling of construction waste ; 
  • bio-waste treatment and energy recovery equipment;
  • technology for energy recovery of non-recyclable waste, etc.
  • Institute of Technology and Life Sciences at the GREENPOWER expo in Poznan 
     May, 2019) 14th,  -16th
From 14-16th May, the Institute of Technology and Life Sciences participated with an exhibition stand within the GREENPOWER international exhibiton, taking place in Poznan, Poland. The event served as a platform for many interesting conversations regarding the ETV4INNOVATION project and the Environmental Technology Verification process. During the event ITP actively disseminated information about the ETV4INNOVATION project.
  • CETEM at the 58th Furniture Fair of Yecla, Spain (7th -10th,  May, 2019)
CETEM attended the Furniture Fair of Yecla from 7th to 10 May; this Fair is the oldest and the most traditional one of Spain, where CETEM presented ETV4INNOVATION to the different attendants from furniture and related sectors

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ETV Newsletter 4

ETV4INNOVATION is 28 months long EC funded project VET Strategic Partnership 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). 
ETV4INNOVATION ACTIVITIES AND CURRENT PROGRESS

The Erasmus Plus ETV4INNOVATION project is reaching its final stage soon. It will support the development and the implementation of an Innovative practice and a new training path in the field of Environmental Technology Verification (ETV). It will comprise a Joint Curriculum, didactic materials and a collaborative platform in line with the identified needs of the different target users. The training materials will also include videos and interactive infographics apart from presentations. The course will be open and free available in December 2019, and will constitute a highly benefit tool for the SMEs and any interested people on how to verify its innovative eco-technologies in the industry sector.

Taking into account the results obtained in the report “Current needs and skills required towards Environmental Technology Verification”, partners have established the preliminary Joint Curriculum where the structure of the course is defined in three training modules.

The Joint Curriculum must be validated through a series of surveys by stakeholders of different technological sectors to ensure that it meets the expectations and needs the project intends to cover.

The course will be structured in the following 3 modules:

  1. Module 1: Basic aspects of verification of environmental technology
  2. Module 2.The ETV programme as a commercial tool on domestic and international markets
  3. Module 3. Environmental Technology Verification procedure
Each single module will have the following structure:

ETV4INNOVATION INTERVIEW
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND LIFE SCIENCES, POLAND
 - an ETV4INNOVATION project partner
Dr. Agnieszka Wawrzyniak from ITP, Poland explains about the main purpose of a Verification Body during an ETV procedure and the requirements


Dr. Agnieszka Wawrzyniakwould you explain what is the main purpose of a Verification Body during an ETV procedure?

By verifying the performance of a certain technology the Verification Body delivers a credible, third party assessment that its technical design ensures the fulfillment of a given performance claim in a specified application, taking any measurement uncertainty, relevant assumptions and limitations into consideration. The end products of the verification are: 1) Verification Report and 2) Statements of Verification.

The ETV Verification Statements are registered and published by the European Commission which makes them recognized in the EU and also globally, which is the main benefit of proposers. It helps distinguishing a technology among competitors, increases market prospects of a company and enhances investors’ trust.

What are the requirements a Verification Body should meet?

An ETV Verification Body should meet several requirements: it has to be accredited to PN-EN ISO/IEC 17020 for inspection bodies type "A", which should ensure high-quality data test, to be used for verification and guarantee the impartiality, credibility and reliability of the EU ETV Verification Statements. Of course when requested by the client, verifications can be performed for non-EU markets such as United States, Canada, and Asian markets.

The parameters of what type of technologies could be verified by an ETV body?
 
An ETV Body could offer environmental technology verification (ETV) of materials, waste and resources and renewable technologies. Verifications are performed under the the Programme of Environmental Technologies Verification of the European Union (EU ETV).

 
ETV4INNOVATION NEWS

ETV4INNOVATION Multiplier Events with Stakeholders

The ETV4INNOVATION multiplier events will be organized in each partner country in purpose to present and disseminate the intellectual outcomes and developed project activities so as to promote awareness learning. Hence such events, between the timeframe between February – March, 2020 will be organized in: 

The aim is to disseminate the wide range of intellectual knowledge and conclusions to be produced within the project, including the Joint ETV4INNOVATION Curriculum and the E-learning platform.

During the event it will be important to gather feedback and opinion from relevant stakeholders from SMEs, Innovation and funding bodies, Higher Education Institutions; NGO’s dealing with education, environmental issues and sustainability.

The ETV4INNOVARTION e-learning platform

The ETV4INNOVATION E-learning platform is already created and will be fully available in begining of 2020. Early adopters are welcome to register and go over and test the training course.

Find it here: http://etv.cetem.webfactional.com/
OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES (OER) ETV4INNOVATION MATERIALS with a copyrithg Creative Commons Licences 
 
Open Educational Resources (OER) are often used by creators of educational material because of their open characteristics. The “open” in OER does not imply the absence of any form of licensing which, instead, is accompanying the majority of the OER available.

All ETV4INNOVATION material is OER and will go with a copyright Creative Commons Licenses (CCL), which is the best suitable option for OER created under the Erasmus+ funding programme. In fact, all the material produced under the Erasmus+ program has to follow the funding program rules that require all the produced material to be open, licensed and sharable with no commercial porpoises. CCL gives 6 main licensing options that go from Public Domain to full Copyright. OER is covered by CCL guaranteeing both the open and the rights aspects. In the specific case of ETV4INNOVATION, the consortium decided to utilize the “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” license. This specific license is assuring the rights to the ETV4INNOVATION consortium while allowing the shareability of the material for no commercial use.
 
Part of the ETV4INNOVATION training material that is going to be part of the e-learning course is dedicated to Open Educational Resources and Open license. The material goes through the two definitions of License and Licensor, the definition of Open Educational Resources, and the difference between OER and Open Access Publishing. It defines the difference between Public Domain and “all rights reserved”, highlighting the new way of “some rights reserved” and the creation of the Creative Commons Licenses, going through all the CCL options one by one. The material also shows the Criteria used by the ETV4INNOVATION Consortium for finding the most suitable CCL option, also according to the Erasmus+ Programme rules and Criteria explained in the material.

 
If you would like to read more about the ETV4INNOVATION project you check our past newsletters by clicking on the link below:
 

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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




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NEWS and EVENTS






Multiplier event in Shannon

Date: 2020-03-31 10:09:00

 

On March 5th, a second Multiplier event was organized in Shannon with the support of the local Chamber of Commerce. The participation of local businesses allowed the coordinator of the European Inventya Ventures project to present the results as the e-learning platform with the various modules prepared during the implementation of the activities.

 

Participation in the workshop saw the opportunity to interact between the various partners and to discuss the possibility of the current regulation and certification process for companies. Among the topics discussed, there was also talk of the aspect of green procurement, a subject essential to the economy of the region. The following day the ETV4INNOVATION project had the opportunity to be presented to the University of Limerick energy and sustainability research group.

 

 





ETV4Innovation workshop in Dublin

Date: 2020-03-31 09:56:42

 

The national workshop of the ETV4INNOVATION project funded by the European program ERASMUS + was held on February 12th in Dublin at the Guinness Enterprise Centre. The workshop aimed to present the final results of the project, mainly to various Irish stakeholders. After a brief presentation of the project activities, given by the partner Inventya Ventures during the session, the European strategy of the EU Green Deal and the circular economy package that the European Commission has presented to the countries has been given. After a brief presentation by the Irish National Agency Leargas on the results of the Erasmus + program in Ireland and prospects, the discussion of the workshop focused on the sustainability of the project, in particular on the e-learning platform which will continue to operate after the end of the project. The workshop concluded with the presentation of the European Enterprise Europe Network presented by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. The participation of companies and research centres in the studio had the opportunity to interact on the ETV process in Ireland.

 

  





ETV4Innovation Video Records

Date: 2020-03-19 17:56:26

The ETV4INNOVATION team has recorded a number of series in order to introduce to the general audience the work performed in each single module of the ETV4INNOVATION joint curriculum.

 





New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers

Date: 2020-03-12 09:16:07

Today, the European Commission adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan - one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe's new agenda for sustainable growth. With measures along the entire life cycle of products, the new Action Plan aims to make our economy fit for a green future, strengthen our competitiveness while protecting the environment and give new rights to consumers. Building on the work done since 2015, the new Plan focuses on the design and production for a circular economy, with the aim to ensure that the resources used are kept in the EU economy for as long as possible. The plan and the initiatives therein will be developed with the close involvement of the business and stakeholder community.

 

The new Plan presents measures to:

 

  • - Make sustainable products the norm in the EU;
  • - Empower consumers and public buyers;
  • - Focus on the sectors that use most resources and where the potential for circularity is high, such as: electronics and ICT; batteries and vehicles; packaging; plastics; textiles; construction and buildings; food, water and nutrients;
  • - Ensure less waste;
  • - Make circularity work for people, regions and cities;
  • - Lead global efforts on circular economy.

 

Read and learn more here





Multiplier event Poznan

Date: 2020-03-05 16:07:53

A total of 37 Stakeholders attended the Erasmus+ ETV4INNOVATION multiplier event in Poznan, Poland organised by INSTYTUT TECHNOLOGICZNO-PRZYRODNICZY in cooperation with Poznań Park of Science and Technology. The attendees were able to learn more about the project and the ETV e-learning platform http://etv.cetem.webfactional.com/

 

The event provided opportunity for exhange of experience on how to environmentally verify a technology and about the ETV Statements of Verification.

 

ETV4INNOVATION aims to help eco-technology developers gain an in-depth understanding of the ETV scheme,providing them with knowledge and resources to facilitate the procedure of obtaining ETV verification statements for the eco-technologies they market.

 

  





Registration for the Polish ETV4INNOVATION event has been lauchned

Date: 2020-02-14 12:33:12

 

The INSTYTUT TECHNOLOGICZNO-PRZYRODNICZY in Poznan is organizing on the 2nd of March, 2020 an ETV4INNOVATION Multiplier event - A conference "Technologies for the environment, ETV4INNOVATION and Circular Economy”. The event will take place in the Poznań Science and Technology Park.

 

The INSTYTUT TECHNOLOGICZNO-PRZYRODNICZY invites everyone who would like to learn on how to use innovations so as to increase the market and ecological potential of an innovative technology. The workshop will be attended by representatives from Ministry of Climate Changes, National Foundation for Environment and Economic University and other stakeholders.

 

A link to register here: https://ppnt.poznan.pl/technologie-dla-srodowiska

 





ETV4INNOVATION consortium has released an interesting video highlighting what ETV is

Date: 2020-02-14 12:03:38

 

An interesting video highlighting what ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY VERIFICATION procedure is, has been released by the ETV4INNOVATION consortium. Check it out here:

 

 

 

 





The ETV4INNOVATION E-learning platform

Date: 2019-12-30 11:54:42

 

The ETV4INNOVATION E-learning platform is already created and will be fully available in begining of 2020. Early adopters are welcome to register and go over and test the training course.

Direct link for the platform: http://etv.cetem.webfactional.com/

 

The ETV4INNOVATION course is consistsed of 3 different modules with different lessons and tests that must be overcome in order to progress in it and achieve a global overview of Environmental Technology Verification (ETV). In addition, each of the modules has additional content in English for those who want to deepen the concepts and contents to study.

 

The course includes the following modules:

 

1) Basic aspects of verification of environmental technology

2) The ETV program as a commercial tool on domestic and international markets

3) Environmental Technology Verification procedure

 





The 4th ETV4INNOVATION newsletter is released

Date: 2019-12-10 15:37:56

The 4th edition of the ETV4INNOVATION newsletter is just released. In this edition you will be able to find information about the project`s progress, an interview with Dr. Wawrzyniak about the main purpose of a Verification Body during an ETV procedure, information on the Multiplier Events with Stakeholders and information about the E-Learning platform.

 

Newsletter 4

 

Newsletter 4 in pdf format





ETV4INNOVATION at the International Conference on Biodegradable Polymers and Sustainable Composites, Stockholm

Date: 2019-11-05 15:50:25

CETEM took part within the 7th International Conference on Biodegradable Polymers and Sustainable Composites, held in Stockholm from 17th to 19th June. This conference provided a forum for researchers, students and companies from all over the world to exchange up-to-date ideas and opinions on current research and new applications of biopolymers and biocomposites.

 

It was an opportunity to disseminate information about ETV process and ETV4INNOVATION project.

 

 

 





4th ETV4INNOVATION project meeting in Plovdiv, BG

Date: 2019-11-05 14:30:52

The fourth meeting of ETV4INNOVATION project consortium was held Plovdiv, host by Green Synergy Cluster n July 2019. The meeting focused on the the training content review and the e-learning platform, where the course will be held. The training materials, developed with an innovative and interactive character, includes videos and infographics apart from presentation.

 

Partners agreed on the last project steps and the planification of all the necessary tasks to launch the course. The course will be open and free available in December 2019, and will constitute a highly benefit tool for the SMEs and any interested people on how to verify its innovative eco-technologies in the industry sector.

 

The course will be structured in the following 3 modules:

 

1) Basic aspects of verification of environmental technology

2) The ETV programme as a commercial tool on domestic and international markets

3) Environmental Technology Verification procedure

 

   





ETV4INNOVATION training content structure

Date: 2019-11-05 14:08:05

The Erasmus Plus ETV4INNOVATION project is reaching its final stage soon. It will support the development and the implementation of an Innovative practice and a new training path in the field of Environmental Technology Verification (ETV). It will comprise a Joint Curriculum, didactic materials and a collaborative platform in line with the identified needs of the different target users. The training materials will also include videos and interactive infographics apart from presentations. The course will be open and free available in December 2019, and will constitute a highly benefit tool for the SMEs and any interested people on how to verify its innovative eco-technologies in the industry sector.

 

Taking into account the results obtained in the report “Current needs and skills required towards Environmental Technology Verification”, partners have established the preliminary Joint Curriculum where the structure of the course is defined in three training modules.

 

The Joint Curriculum must be validated through a series of surveys by stakeholders of different technological sectors to ensure that it meets the expectations and needs the project intends to cover.

 

The course will be structured in the following 3 modules:

 

1) Basic aspects of verification of environmental technology

2) The ETV programme as a commercial tool on domestic and international markets

3) Environmental Technology Verification procedure

  

 

 

ETV4INNOVATION Training course structure

 





Environment Ireland - the must-attend conference for Ireland’s environment.

Date: 2019-09-02 15:49:17

An environmental emergency

The Dáil has declared a climate and biodiversity emergency. It does not look likely that Ireland will meet 2030 or 2050 emission targets. Ireland’s biodiversity capital is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

 

It has become clear that we are the last generation that can impact the course of climate change and are also the first generation feeling its effects. A report released in October 2018 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that global warming must be kept to 1.5°C and this can only happen if the world makes major changes. To address the climate issue in Ireland, the government has introduced ambitious measures in its recent Climate Action Plan.

 

Alongside a dedicated climate session, this year’s programme will also feature a public health and air quality session. While EU air quality standards are not currently exceeded in Ireland, the health-related external costs from air pollution are thought to be more than €2 billion annually.

 

Waste is also an area of focus as recent statistics show that Ireland generates the most plastic packaging waste per person in the EU. A total of 57.9kg of plastic packaging waste was produced per person in 2016, 82% higher than the EU average.

 

Ireland’s environment certainly has its bright spots and good progress across many areas must continue in the face of global challenges. The conference programme aims to tackle these important issues — and much more — highlighting ways in which both policy-makers and industry can move forward in order to protect the environment.

 

Taking action

Ensure you don’t miss the latest developments in environmental policy and updates from across the sector and put your questions to expert speakers during dedicated Q&A sessions. This is an important opportunity to bring all those involved in shaping the future of Ireland’s environment together for a day of discussion and networking.

 

More about the event here: https://www.environmentireland.ie/brochure.pdf 

https://www.environmentireland.ie/#about





CETEM at the 58th Furniture Fair of Yecla, Spain

Date: 2019-06-20 09:55:08

CETEM attended the Furniture Fair of Yecla from 7th to 10 May, 2019. This Fair is the oldest and the most traditional one in Spain, where CETEM presented ETV4INNOVATION to the different attendants from furniture and related sectors.

 

 

 





Green Synergy cluster during the 15th SEE EE&RES exhibition

Date: 2019-06-07 09:29:23

Green Synergy Cluster took part within the 15th South-East Europe Energy Efficiency and Renewable exhibition, Save the Planet exhibition and Smart Cities, held in Sofia between 16-18th April, 2019. The event was a good opportunity to disseminate information about the Environmental Technology Verification process and ETV4INNOVATION project, as there were over 110 exhibitors and over 3400 international visitors, including managers from the Ecology sector, recycling and waste management sector, the energy and renewables field, etc. 

 

The ETV4INNOVATION project was disseminated among companies dealing with:

  • - production of flexible fabric made from 100% recycled PET bottles;
  • - shredders and granulators that reduce energy consumption by up to 30%;
  • - Machines for processing and recycling of construction waste ; 
  • - Bio-waste treatment and energy recovery equipment;
  • - Technology for energy recovery of non-recyclable waste, etc.

 

 





ETV4INNOVATION at the GreenPower International Fair in Poznan

Date: 2019-06-06 18:00:18

From 14-16th May, the Institute of Technology and Life Sciences participated with an exhibition stand within the GREENPOWER international exhibiton, taking place in Poznan, Poland. The event served as a platform for many interesting conversations regarding the ETV4INNOVATION project and the Environmental Technology Verification process. During the event ITP actively disseminated information about the ETV4INNOVATION project.

 

The GREENPOWER fair is the largest exhibition in Poland related to Renewable Energy Sources (RES). It gathers in one place representatives of all RES sectors, both producers and buyers of innovative environmental technologies. The event provides opportunity to learn about market trends, exchange practical insights and also to find out the current challenges the industry is facing. 

 





The 3rd project meeting took place in Toulouse

Date: 2019-01-30 11:29:39

The third ETV4INNOVATION project meeting took place in Toulouse and was hosted by INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE TOULOUSE. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the second ETV4INNOVATION output - the Joint Curriculum, to be consisted of the following three main modules:

 

1) Training module 1. Basic aspects of verification of environmental technology

2) Training module 2. Environmental Technology Verification procedure

3) Training module 3. The ETV program as marketing tool on domestic and international markets

 

During the meeting Ms. Muñoz (CETEM) presented a short summary of the IO4-A1: Analysis, design and software development of the e-learning platform coupled with ideas how to create nteractive contents. Communication and dissemination aspects were also briefly presented during the meeting.

 





The 2nd consortium meeting took place in Poznan

Date: 2019-01-18 15:54:24

The second ETV4INNOVATION consortium meeting took place in Poznan, Poland on the 12th and 13th of June. The project meeting was hosted by the Polish project partner Instytut Technologiczno-Przyrodniczy (ITP). A major discussion took about IO1: Key study on general needs by SMEs towards ETV, where Mrs.Lina Kvasyte (INVENTYA) explained the first version of the report. Some conclusions of the current state of the report were also given. Another imprortant topic that was also discussed ware the results obtained from the second activity of the IO1 - the questionnaire. Brief summary of the findings from the questionnaire could be found under the Report of current needs and skills required towards Environmental Technology Verification. The second part of the first day’s meeting started with presentation by Agnieszka Wawrzyniak (ITP) providing ideas and possible structure of IO2 - the Joint Curriculum.

During the second day Mr. Petar Kisyov (GREEN SYNERGY CLUSTER) gave presentation on the current state of the art of the communication and dissemination activities within the ETV4INNOVATION project, which main goals are to ensure that the stakeholders know about the project. Different dissemination approaches were also discussed as the project to reach to a wider public.





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.





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





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.





4th 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.

 

 

The 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.





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.





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: 

 

 





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



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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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MODULE 2







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INVENTYA VENTURES (EU) Ltd

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INSTYTUT TECHNOLOGICZNO-PRZYRODNICZY

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