The European Union Environmental Technology Verification (EU ETV) Pilot Programme is a voluntary verification scheme launched by the European Commission with the aim of generating independent and credible information by means of reliable test results on new environmental technologies. Thus, its general aim and approach are similar to VERA. In terms of improving internationalisation, a potential future collaboration may generate more awareness and boost mutual recognition of VERA verifications in Europe. Therefore, the VERA Board has decided to follow the developments of EU ETV closely.
Around 25 participants attended the 4th Stakeholder Forum on 15 February 2018 in Brussels to exchange views on the results of the evaluation of the EU ETV pilot programme and the feasibility of potential options for the future.
One of the four potential options aims for a closer link between the BREF and ETV by confirming the performance of technologies in support of performance-based legislation. The basic principles of VERA seem to fit best with this particular option. However, the external evaluation study is still on-going (until March/April 2018), and the approval of the official commission document is estimated for the end of 2018. Even though everything is still open at this moment, broadening the scope of ETV seems very likely, which would at least provide an option for potential future collaboration.
If you would like to learn more, the presentations of the day will be published here soon: