The European Commission adopted an ambitious Action Plan (COM (2004) 38) to improve the development and wider use of environmental technologies. Many new environmental technologies have great potential to improve the environment and, at the same time, boost the competitiveness of companies.
The main objectives of the Action Plan are: To remove the obstacles so as to tap the full potential of environmental technologies for protecting the environment while contributing to competitiveness and economic growth. To ensure that over the coming years the EU takes a leading role in developing and applying environmental technologies. To mobilise all stakeholders in support of these objectives.
One of the actions included in this Action Plan is the improvement of testing, performance verification and standardisation related to environmental technologies, with the aim of providing a European instrument for verifying through commonly recognised and transparent protocols the performance characteristics of environmentally sound technologies (EsT).
The results of the verification should be reported to decision makers, regulators, buyers and to the general public through appropriate information means, with the aim to accelerate the penetration of new technologies in t he market. The Action Plan proposes the creation of networks of specialised centres to carry out the testing and assessment of clean technologies based around families of technology sectors. AIRTV will become a powerful tool for the efficient implementation of this Action Plan.
The overall, strategic objective of AIRTV is to speed up the implementation of EsT in Europe by establishing a system of their verification, proving the benefits of EsTâ's use for environment and human life conditions AIRTV will pro vide reliable and independent performance data for EsT in the field of air emissions reduction technologies.
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