Presentation on theme: "Environmental Performance Verification"— Presentation transcript:
1 Environmental Performance Verification General Principles, Definitions and main ActorsLuis Delgado SanchoSpyridon MerkourakisLuis Delgado Sancho | Environment Coordinator, DG JRC/IPTS, Spain
2 Paris 26 November 2007 – European Forum on Eco-Innovation EPV: ObjectiveAccelerate diffusion –market acceptance – of innovative technologies by:Objectively validating their performanceIncreasing purchasers’ confidence in new technologies
3 Verification: definition Paris 26 November 2007 – European Forum on Eco-Innovation3Verification: definitionTo establish or prove the truth of the performance of a technology under specific, predetermined criteria or protocols and adequate data quality assurance procedures (from US ETV glossary)Build confidence to buyersIndependent 3rd party verificationProtocols/test plans designed to suit specific technologiesStakeholder inputNo single definition of verification
4 Verification: disambiguation Paris 26 November 2007 – European Forum on Eco-Innovation4Verification: disambiguationWhat EPV is not?EPV is NOT certification (ISO, CEN, National systems…):EPV does not verify against a standard (or minimum performance requirements), but can use standards and modify themEPV does not necessarily use laboratories/personnel that are certified for specific tests/tasksEPV does not supervise sound manufacturing
5 The “positioning” of EPV Paris 26 November 2007 – European Forum on Eco-Innovation5The “positioning” of EPVAvailable in the MarketCertificationSelf DeclarationsEPVR&DNo need for certification, but need for credible performance dataCompliance to standardsNo standards existEarly researchPrototypes, Demonstration
6 The main actors EPV managing organisation Contact Points Vendor Paris 26 November 2007 – European Forum on Eco-Innovation6The main actorsEPV managingorganisationContact PointsVendorThematic VOStakeholdersVerificationCentreTestingLaboratory
7 EPV managing organisation Paris 26 November 2007 – European Forum on Eco-Innovation7EPV managing organisationlays the foundations of the verification programDefines the scope, objectives, strategies and administrative protocolsCoordinates and supervises the verification processIs responsible for the compliance with the objectives and quality management proceduresDesignates the thematic VOsAwards certificates and logos to successful vendors
8 implements the verification process Paris 26 November 2007 – European Forum on Eco-Innovation8The Thematic VOimplements the verification processProcesses the vendor applicationsAppoints test laboratories to perform the tests or verification centres to verify the vendor’s claims, verifying their accreditationCollaborates with the stakeholder groupsReviews and approves the verifications reports and disseminates the results of the program
9 The testing laboratory Paris 26 November 2007 – European Forum on Eco-Innovation9The testing laboratoryCollaborates in the development of protocolsDevelops the test plansExecutes the testsRespects protocols and quality management proceduresWrites the test report
10 The verification centre Paris 26 November 2007 – European Forum on Eco-Innovation10The verification centreused when the system performs claim verificationExamines the vendor data and verifies if they support the accompanying claimsProposes the repetition of tests, if the data quality is not adequateRespects the quality management procedures of the systemWrites the verification report
11 The stakeholder groups Paris 26 November 2007 – European Forum on Eco-Innovation11The stakeholder groupsassure the credibility of the systemInvolved in the development and review of the system’s “verification tools”: test protocols, test plans, quality management plansInvolved in technology prioritizationInvolved in the selection of testing laboratories and verification centres
12 Paris 26 November 2007 – European Forum on Eco-Innovation 12The vendorProvides a claim accompanied by supporting data OR the technology to be verified and advice/training on how to perform the testsActively collaborates with the other EPV actors, depending on the specific design of the system
13 The network of contact points Paris 26 November 2007 – European Forum on Eco-Innovation13The network of contact pointsEstablish a relation of proximity between EPV and the vendors, diminishing any geographical distance, language or administrative barriersActive in communicating on EPV, explaining the EPV concept and the advantages that it can bring to its end usersTheir hosting establishment is variable: testing laboratories, certification organisations, innovation relay centres, Euro Info Centres, national ministries of the environment etc.
14 EPV system: different possibilities Paris 26 November 2007 – European Forum on Eco-Innovation14
15 Paris 26 November 2007 – European Forum on Eco-Innovation 15Open questionsIs EPV an efficient tool to diffuse innovative technologies?Verification or certification?Prototypes or ready to market technologies?Verification: claim verification? full testing? combination?Centralised EU system?Are there all the actors necessary for all EPV systems? Are there any crucial actors missing?Thematic organisation: Sectoral? Multisectoral? One for the whole EU for each technology?
16 Open questions Testing labs: certified? Which type of certification? Paris 26 November 2007 – European Forum on Eco-Innovation16Open questionsTesting labs: certified? Which type of certification?Stakeholders: Independent experts? Nominated by associations? Efficient composition and size?Role of contact points? National?Should verification and testing always belong to separateorganisations?Are there any possible conflicts when a system performs both claim verification and tests?Vendors: how to encourage participation in the system?
17 Contact details European Commission Joint Research Centre Paris 26 November 2007 – European Forum on Eco-Innovation17Contact detailsEuropean CommissionJoint Research CentreInstitute for Prospective Technological StudiesCompetitiveness and Sustainability UnitEdificio Expo – c/Inca Garcilaso, s/n – E41092 Seville–