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ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY VERIFICATION (ETV) consists in the verification of the performance of environmental technologies or in other words is the establishment or validation of environmental technology performance by qualified third parties based on test data generated through testing using established protocols or specific requirements. There are several ETV programmes running all over the world, organised through government initiatives, with the pioneer programme being the one developed in the United States
United States
of America, followed by the Canadian ETV Programme. Other programmes have run or are running in South Korea, Japan, Bangladesh, Denmark, France, Europe, Philippines and China. Each programme has its own definitions, structure and procedures and programmes are not always inter-compatible. In 2007, an ETV International Working Group was formed to work on the convergence of the different programmes towards mutual recognition - under the motto Verified once, verified everywhere. The work of this group was at the origin of the request for drafting an ETV ISO standard. This concluded in the establishment of an ISO working group under Technical Committee 207 (Environmental Management), Sub-committee 4, Working Group 5 - Environmental Technology Verification (ISO/TC 207/SC 4/WG 5). When concluded the ISO standard will have the number ISO/NP 14034.

CONTENTS

* 1 The US ETV Program

* 1.1 Centers

* 1.1.1 Advanced Monitoring Systems Center * 1.1.2 Air Pollution Control Technology Center * 1.1.3 Drinking Water Systems Center * 1.1.4 Greenhouse Gas Technology Center * 1.1.5 Water Quality Protection Center * 1.1.6 Environmental and Sustainable Technology Technology Verifications (ESTE)

* 1.2 ETV Accomplishments, Impacts, and Outcomes * 1.3 Verified diesel emission reduction technologies and their outcomes * 1.4 Composition of total diesel particulate matter and the relation to smoke opacity * 1.5 Function as a neutral clearinghouse * 1.6 Disclaimers

* 2 ETV in Europe

* 2.1 The European Union ETV Pilot Program * 2.2 ETV in the UK * 2.3 The Danish ETV Program: DANETV * 2.4 The French ETV Program

* 3 The Canadian ETV Program * 4 The Japanese ETV Program * 5 The Philippine ETV Program * 6 References * 7 External links

THE US ETV PROGRAM

The Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States
United States
develops testing protocols and verifies the performance of innovative environmental technologies that can address problems that threaten human health or the natural environment . ETV was created to accelerate the entrance of new environmental technologies into the domestic and international marketplace by providing objective technology information on commercial ready technologies. ETV is a voluntary program. Developers/vendors of environmental technologies are not required to participate in the program, nor are they required to seek verification. ETV does not pass or fail and does not rank technologies. All verification reports and statements are made publicly available on the ETV Web site.

CENTERS

ETV has five centers which are called verification organizations. These verification centers are run through a cooperative agreement

Advanced Monitoring Systems Center

The center verifies the performance of commercial-ready technologies that monitor contaminants and natural species in air, water, and soil. The center tests both field-portable and stationary monitors, as well as innovative technologies that can be used to describe the environment (site characterization).

Air Pollution Control Technology Center

This center verifies commercial-ready technologies that control stationary and mobile air pollution sources, and mitigate the effects of indoor air pollutants.

Drinking Water Systems Center

This center verifies the performance of commercial-ready drinking water treatment systems for use in small communities, or individual homes and businesses.

Greenhouse Gas Technology Center

This center verifies the performance of commercial-ready technologies that produce, mitigate, monitor, or sequester greenhouse gas emissions.

Water Quality Protection Center

This center verifies the performance of commercial-ready technologies that protect groundwater and surface waters from contamination.

Environmental And Sustainable Technology Technology Verifications (ESTE)

A component of ETV which was added in 2005 to address priority environmental technology categories for meeting the USEPA needs for credible performance information. Priority is given to technologies that can address high-risk environmental problems.

Other topical efforts are listed below.

ETV ACCOMPLISHMENTS, IMPACTS, AND OUTCOMES

ETV has verified over 400 technologies and developed more than 90 protocols. A survey of participating vendors completed in 2001 showed overwhelming support for the ETV program. Responses indicated that 73 percent of the vendors were using ETV information in product marketing, and 92 percent of those surveyed responded that they would recommend ETV to other vendors.

In 2006, EPA published a two-volume set of case studies which document actual and projected outcomes from verifications of technologies in 15 technology categories (ETV Program Case Studies Vol 1 EPA/600/R-06/001 and ETV Program Case Studies Vol II EPA/600/R-06/082).

An Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) survey showed that 34 states recognize and use ETV reports. ASDWA and its members rely heavily on these evaluations to support the use of new technologies and products in the drinking water industry.

Designating a product or technology as ETV “verified” does not mean a given technology reduces every emission , has no drawbacks, or outperforms solutions not on the “verified” list.

Designating a product or technology as “verified” means that a given technology produced “X” outcome, when tested according to a specific protocol.

VERIFIED DIESEL EMISSION REDUCTION TECHNOLOGIES AND THEIR OUTCOMES

* Biodiesel
Biodiesel
: Reduced inorganic ( soot)carbon emissions, Increased NOx emissions - Increased organic carbon ( SOF / VOC ) emissions. * Diesel Particulate Filter ( various manufacturers ): Reduces TPM, Does Not Address NOx. * Diesel Oxidation Catalyst ( various manufacturers) : Reduces TPM, Does Not Address Nox. * Clean Diesel Technologies fuel borne catalyst: potential fine metallic emissions

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