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EU Environmental Technology Verification (ETV)

EU Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) helps technology developers to gain credibility for their environmental technologies thereby facilitating their market reach

Environmental Technology Verification (ETV), is an EU-backed platform to help new environmental technologies confirm their green credentials and gain market traction much faster.

ETV evaluates and validates the performance claims of a growing list of green solutions and technology areas thanks to third-party evaluators working for verifying organisations using internationally (ISO) certified methods. 

250+
applications received
47
verified technologies
123
initiated verifications

Who is ETV for? How does ETV work?

Technologies can be proposed by their developers, manufacturers, providers or any legal entity authorised to represent a developer established either within or outside the European Union. The verification process is open to technologies in a growing range of areas.

 

In short, ETV is made for:

  • Technology developers
  • Technology investors
  • Environmental technologies buyers
  • Environmental technology associations
  • Business leaders, decision-makers and policy-makers

The ETV verification process at a glance

Technologies go through a rigorous verification process to earn their Statement of Verification. This means that a professional third-party Verification Body has reviewed the data and test results supporting the innovation to check that it is credible, and consistent and covers key aspects of the technology’s performance.

The Statement is a short document with a description of the technology, the verified performance parameters, a summary of the procedures followed by the Verification Body and any other information to understand and use the performance claim.

Once verified, the proposer/developer receives a full report and the Statement of Verification, including a unique ETV (registration) number, is published. It summarises the results and can be used in technical documentation and marketing. The process is defined in the ETV General Verification Protocol guidelines including the rules and principles for using the Statement.

Technology areas

Three technology areas are covered by ETV. Click on the sections below to go to the relevant technology area and see the recently verified technologies.

 

Disclaimer: the European Commission takes action to foster high scientific and technical standards in the EU-ETV pilot programme. The Statements of Verification published on this website are produced and issued by independent Verification Bodies accredited by national Accreditation Bodies according to the ISO Standard 17020, as specified in the EU-ETV General Verification Protocol. Verification Bodies produce these Statements of Verification based on the information and data provided by the product vendors and, where applicable, external testing facilities and laboratories. Therefore, the European Commission denies any responsibility or liability whatsoever regarding the content of the Statements of Verification and other related documents.   

If you have any queries regarding a specific Statement of Verification, contact the relevant Verification Body with JRC-IET-ETV@ec.europa.eu in copy. Please also refer to the ‘legal notice’ on this website. 

Success Stories

New technologies are often seen by markets and investors as risky. To overcome this, you as a technology provider, designer or developer need to establish confidence that your solution solves an environmental problem and performs as well as, or better than, current solutions on the market.  

That is where ETV comes in. As a community spanning the whole green technology value chain, ETV bridges the credibility gap using tried-and-tested verification methods. ETV produces a compelling case to propel innovative environmental solutions onto the European and global markets. 

Check out the ETV success story of Denmark

Reference Documents for ETV

Below you will find the main documents that set the basis for the ETV Programme: 

  • Commission Staff Working Paper on the ETV initiative – describes the objectives and the operational principles of the ETV Programme, within the frame of the Eco-Innovation Action Plan. 

  • The ETV General Verification Protocol (GVP) – the technical reference document describing the procedures guiding the verification process and the requirements for the organisations taking part in it.  

Contact details

For any enquiry or additional information please email ENV-ETV@ec.europa.eu