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 this important standard is TC 207.  The standard was published on November 15, 2016.

Additional details on ISO 14034 can be found on ISO’s website.

  • 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.