Financial support may be available for companies proposing technologies for verification under Environmental Technology Verification (ETV). An important tool at EU level is the Horizon 2020 Programme. Read More
Three Technology Areas (TAs) are within the scope of the EU ETV Pilot Programme:
- Water treatment and monitoring (TA1)
- Materials, waste and resources (TA2)
- Energy Technologies (TA3) Read More
Whenever a company has successfully verified a technology under ETV, it will receive a Statement of Verification that contains the ETV logo. In this post are included helpful tips for a correct use of the ETV logo. Read More
RINA Services, commissioned by the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), has verified the performance claim of the technology “GW Dryer”. The verification was conducted in the framework of the FP7 Noshan project, aiming to investigate the processes and technologies needed to use food waste for feed production at low cost, low energy consumption and with the maximal valorization of starting wastes. Read More
Last 27th of April the Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB), the most important Italian consortium in this field, shared with RINA Services the experience of its associated members in the field of Biomethane. More than 15 people attended the training session, hold by Lorenzo Maggioni, including ETV inspectors and technical experts and Biofuels Sustainability Auditors. Read More
RINA Services, on 12th of April, took part in a meeting of the Observatory on Green Economy (GEO) of IEFE – Bocconi University, which aims to compare three different tools established by the European Commission to support Green Economy:
- EU ETV Programme
- The EU Ecolabel Regulation (n° 66/2010/EC)
- The EMAS Regulation (n° 1221/200)/EC)
ETV is spreading around Europe; several technologies have been verified in countries like Denmark, Italy, UK, Poland. A gap is still present in South East Europe Countries (Greece, Bulgaria, Romania), where no ETV verification bodies are accredited by local accreditation bodies neither ETV activities have been realized. RINA Services, well established as Certification Body in these countries, aims to become, in the next years, one of the main actors supporting the efficient and effective establishment of the EU ETV program and the creation of a favorable environment for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Read More
RINA Services has just completed the ETV verification of the VRT System, a smart technology developed by Pozzoli Depurazione. The VRT system provides the suction and the following depuration of rainwater in the manholes of fuel storage tanks and in other closed areas characterized by the presence of water polluted by hydrocarbons. Finally the ETV verification is completed! We collected the feedbacks from Giorgio Pozzoli, owner and director of Pozzoli Depurazione.
Mr Pozzoli, could you explain more about the VRT System? Why did you develop this technology? What are the benefits for the environment?
The rainwater leaked in the manholes of the fuel storage tanks, used in service stations and other fuel depots, can create noticeable problems of environmental management and compliance with the current laws. The meteoric water infiltrated, collecting the hydrocarbons, could contaminate the soil in case of leakage events. The presence of rainwater in the manholes of fuel storage tanks is an environmental, legal and economic issue for our clients.
In order to find a solution, we have analyzed all the service stations process according to the ISO 14001 principles (Environmental Management System), to the ISO 31000 (Risk Analysis) and to the Italian Legislative Decree 231/2001 (Administrative Responsibility of the Organizations). Based on this analysis, we have developed the VRT System.
Our VRT system allows to obtain several advantages:
- the manholes are kept dry and doesn’t need further cleaning operations for the obtaining of the Certified fire protection;
- the soil and the aquifers are preserved from pollution;
- the management of rainwaters is in line with the current legislation;
- the water treatment is performed according to the legislation, through a certified plant;
- the environmental risk is correctly managed in different operative conditions (normal, exceptional and emergency).
The Statement of Verification is now available on the JRC Website. How are you going to use this Statement in the B2B relationships? What benefits do you expect?
Pozzoli is very proud of achieving the ETV Statement issued by a prestigious entity like RINA Services and achieved through a strict verification process that included several field-test activities and audits. ETV is a recognition of the environmental performance of the VRT Systems and the results of verification will be used to provide a proof of quality and efficacy of VRT to potential purchasers and to the entities in charge of the authorizations and controls.
Thank you, Mr. Pozzoli, and congratulation for your ETV!
Save the date for the midterm stakeholder workshop for the BIO-QED project, which will take place on 24 June 2015 (from 14:00 to 17:00 pm) in Brussels, Belgium. The workshop is organized by Nova-Institute as a satellite event to the BIO-TIC conference, and it discusses recent advances in producing biobased itaconic acid and butanediol, made by the consortium, and aims to inform and foster possible collaboration.
RINA SERVICES is partner of the BIO-QED Consortium, involving other leading companies from industry and European research, namely Fraunhofer Institut, Nova-Institut, Cargill, Lubrizol, TNO, Miplast, Patentopolis and Mater-Biotech. The project, which will last for 4 years, was officially launched on 1 January 2014.
BIO-QED fits perfectly with the EU’s Bioeconomy strategy, which is intended to guide the European economic system towards a broader and more sustainable use of resources, reconciling the requirements of agriculture and food safety with the sustainable use of renewable sources for industrial purposes. It will concentrate on the sustainable upscaling of the production of itaconic acid and butanediol.
BIO-QED receives funding from the European Community’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No FP7-613941.
Registration and details available at the workshop website.