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Clarification on the meaning of ‘verification’ under ETV and differences from certification

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As you know ETV stands for Environmental Technology Verification. Thus ETV is a Verification process and not a Certification.

The distinction between verification and certification can be confusing for technology proposers and end users. For this reason the ETV Technical Working Group (TWG) has produced a TWG Reference document 001/2016 “Clarification on the meaning of ‘verification’ under ETV and differences from certification” summarizing the key differences and  providing clarification to all parties concerned with ETV.

In the context of ETV the situation may be summarised thus:

  • Certification confirms whether products meet specified standards normally established by independent organisations (e.g. a standards body such as CEN)
  • Verification is the process of independently validating performance claims put forward by the owner of the technology.

Significant differences are also summarized in the table below:

Environmental Technology Verification


Confirmation of tested and quantified performance

Issued according to compliance with pass/fail criteria

Include those operational, environmental and additional parameters considered relevant and agreed by the technology developer and the verification body, but it cannot be guaranteed that all possible parameters have been considered.

The parameters for certification, against which compliance is assessed, are fixed and defined by an independent organisation (e.g. a standards body such as CEN) according to the standard against which certification is assessed. 

The verification statement provided in the Statement of Verification is based on a ‘snapshot’ of the technology performance. There is no regular third-party surveillance in the ETV scheme to confirm that the technology continues to meet the performance claim(s) in the statement of verification.

In certification the on-going consistency of the manufacturing process is verified through surveillance audits.

In ETV it is the owner of a technology that is responsible for ensuring that the verified technology conforms to the published Statement of Verification and for taking action in light of any changes to the technology with respect to meeting the verified performance claims.

Certification requires that changes to the certificated technology be reported in advance to the certification body so that checks can be made to ensure the product continues to meet the requirements for certification.

The key aspect is that ETV is recommended for technologies whose innovative features or technical and/or environmental performance are not fully reflected in existing product standards. Harmonisation of Specific Verification Protocols for appropriate groups of technologies may ultimately contribute to the development of new standards by which the performance of such technologies could be assessed.


Second ETV Verification Completed!

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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

Biomethane: training session of the Italian Biogas Consortium

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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

Green Economy Observatory: an opportunity to evaluate ETV in a wider context

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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)

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ETV at the South East European Exhibition on EE & RE

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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

ETV Verification of the VRT System

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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:

  1. the manholes are kept dry and doesn’t need further cleaning operations for the obtaining of the Certified fire protection;
  2. the soil and the aquifers are preserved from pollution;
  3. the management of rainwaters is in line with the current legislation;
  4. the water treatment is performed according to the legislation, through a certified plant;
  5. 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!