Introduction to ISO 14034 and its Benefits

T. Hansen
Southern Research,
United States

Keywords: evaluation, environmental, technologies


The ISO 14034 Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) standard defines a framework and a quality-assured process for independent, third-party evaluation of innovative environmental technologies. Use of the standard by qualified verifiers facilitates effective engagement of interested parties and stakeholders, with greater potential for reciprocity and acceptance of impact parameters, test procedures and performance verification results across multiple jurisdictions. This provides credibility and legitimacy to the environmental technology performance claims of technology developers and reduces the risks to technology users, purchasers, investors and policy-makers. It also facilitates the evaluation of technologies at pre- and early commercial stage, before other relevant standards or assessment protocols are established, leading to accelerated market adoption of verified technologies by a broader range of users across different sectors, nationally and internationally.