The TRITECH ETV project runs from the 1st Sept 2006 to
31st Aug 2009. This 3 year project is funded through the
European Union’s LIFE Environment programme to try:
“To establish a mechanism to validate objectively
the performance of innovative environmental technology products,
this will ultimately lead to new environmental technologies
being introduced into the market place at a much quicker
The project will undergo 3 phases, pre-test, testing phase
and verification phase.
TRITECH has 3 main objectives, these are:
- To develop a working methodology for testing and verifying
- To test between 15 and 20 technologies in three technology
areas: soil remediation, waste water treatment and energy.
- To engage stakeholders in the design and development
of the scheme. This will involve various key players in
the environmental technologies industry at various phases,
such as policy makers, vendors, test centres, investors,
researchers, users and so on.
The Benefits to the Environment Industry:
- Provides technology developers with an independent
verification of their claims.
- Provides investors and buyers with confidence about
the degree of risk they are taking.
- Aims to showcase successful new technologies in Europe
- Facilitates technology transfer between environmental
- Provides opportunities for test centres to be a part
of the wider scheme of development.
Expected Outcomes: The TRITECH Project will:
- Accelerate market acceptance of innovative environmental
technologies in the EU.
- Reduce the perceived risk to buyers and investors by
providing independent, validated information about the
performance of Environmental Technologies.
- Identify a workable model so that an ETV scheme can
be implemented on a EU-wide basis.
The Environmental Technologies market
Environmental issues now stand as a high priority on many
government agendas. In recent years we have seen regulations
becoming stricter and new policies becoming increasingly
ambitious in order to address international environmental
issues. This is a high priority in Europe too, with environmental
instruments being introduced (such as the Climate Change
Levy in the UK) to meet International targets such as the
Kyoto protocol. This shift has opened up the doors to an
emerging environmental technologies market, which is continuing
to grow year on year.
Environmental Technologies are designed to prevent or
reduce the environmental impacts, at any stage of the life
cycle, of the products and activities in which they are
used. They are all around us: wind turbines and solar panels,
more efficient transport, biofuels, recycling systems for
waste or water, etc. TRITECH ETV aims to harmonise and strengthen
the links between environmental technology developers and
Beta Technology, with support from Defra, has created a
consortium comprising public and private sector organisations.
There are five partners, one each from Latvia, Sweden and
Finland, and two from the UK.
- One North East - Regional Development Agency, UK
– Technical Research Centre of Finland
– Swedish Environmental Research Institute
– Latvian Pollution Prevention Centre