Raising Awareness of Technology Verification
2 April 2013, News release from Aqua Enviro Technology Transfer
"Independent validation and verification of a suppliers claims and a products capability is a powerful way to accelerate market entry; water companies need to have confidence in new innovative solutions and verification is a way to manage this risk." says Ian Walker, Innovation Director at WRc
Aqua Enviro will be holding a conference on the 9th May at The Geological Society in London aimed at raising the awareness of Technology Verification and bringing together policy makers, financiers, NGOs, academics, and industry.
The conference will highlight some of the incentives and potential benefits of verification schemes for technology developers, end-users and investors and it will also be an opportunity to highlight some of the key existing verification schemes in the UK and in Europe such as Environmental Technology Verification (ETV), the Technology Approval Group (TAG) and the Monitoring Certification Scheme (MCERTS).
Dr Hilary Elliott: Operations Manager, NPL Centre for Carbon Measurement says:
"Independent, third party, verification has an important role to play supporting manufacturers in speeding up the commercialisation of new and innovative technologies. Using traceable and accurate measurement and testing to verify performance claims, also provides investors with the assurance and confidence they need to make informed decisions"
During the course of the day the conference will address the costs associated with verification, looking at the most relevant funding initiatives, reflecting on the regulation-driven uptake and adoption of verified technologies and further explore if regulation really is the answer to the success of these schemes.
In addition, there will be the opportunity for the audience to hear directly from verification bodies and from end-users exploring the barriers and challenges associated with verification. The conference will then conclude with a panel discussion enabling guest speakers to debate further on the various opportunities, barriers, limitations and benefits of technology verification and allow questions from the audience.
Topics and Speakers
- Incentives for Verification
- Overview of existing schemes - Stuart Moss, Head of TAG, Isle Utilities
- Successful technology verification schemes - Rick Gould, Technical Adviser, Environment Agency
- Barriers and challenges to the uptake of verification - Hilary Elliott, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Ian Walker (WRc)
- Funding Solutions - representative from ESKTN
- Is regulation the answer? - Ian Conroy, SEPA
- Case Studies - Caroline Wadsworth, Isle Utilities
- Verification promotion and uptake - Rick Gould, Hilary Elliot, Ian Walker, Ian Conroy and Stuart Moss
For further information please email Aqua Enviro Technology Transfer