ISO 14034: Environmental Management/ Environmental Technology Verification (ETV)

The International Working Group on Environmental Technology Verification (IWG-ETV) was founded in 2007 with the intent to develop a common approach to verification so that, in future, participating countries would be able to mutually recognize one another’s verifications.

In 2013, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accepted a proposal for a new standard on ETV and drafting of ISO 14034 began. The committee responsible for the development of this important standard is working towards its publication in mid-2016.

Canada’s participation in the ISO 14034 development, through the Environmental Performance Evaluation Mirror Committee administered by the CSA Group, continues to actively engage in efforts to support the international harmonization of assessment protocols and test methods, building on the established Canadian ETV process relating to the Generic Verification Protocol and other related decision-support tools.

  • Sharing of protocols and test methods

  • Mutual recognition or accreditation of verification entities, and

  • Country-to-country reciprocity, where practical.

Canada recognizes the importance of developing a level playing field for technology innovators, as they seek to gain market acceptance for their technology based solutions.  In Canada, provincial and territorial governments, as well as municipalities and other local authorities, preside over various technology permitting and approvals processes.  These jurisdictions can greatly benefit from the transparent approach employed by the ETV process and the valuable environmental performance information that it offers.

The Canadian Mirror Committee on Environmental Management will formally vote on the National Adoption of ISO 14034 and its application to the Canadian market. The vote will take place following the publication of ISO 14034 in 2016.

If you are interested in providing public comments on the National Adoption of ISO 14034, you are encouraged to do so during the public review process using the CSA Public Review Site at http://publicreview.csa.ca/

For more information on how to comment or details on the public review process, please contact:

Priya Patel
Project Manager, Natural Resources, CSA Group
T  416-747-2004
178 Rexdale Boulevard | Toronto, ON| M9W 1R3
priya.patel@csagroup.org
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