How does new technology affect climate change

How does new technology affect climate change

How does new technology affect climate change

Addressing climate change is a challenge that must be addressed by a community of solution providers, including technology developers.  Technology developers in turn require their own supporting community.  This includes access to independent verification.

Technology can be part of the solution to the problem of climate change, but only if the technology is affordable and works as claimed.  Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) plays an important role in keeping costs down and confirming performance.  Verifiers have the knowledge and experience required to provide reproducible, scientifically valid testing of the performance claims made by a technology.  Since the verifier is independent of the technology, end users and regulators can be confident that the results of the testing are unbiased and the verified claims are accurate.

ETV helps control the cost of technology development by allowing a company to “test once, verify everywhere”.  Inevitably there will be variations in local requirements and technologies will be required to demonstrate their performance in numerous different situations.  If the technology is already verified this reduces the risk of the demonstration tests and allows for cost sharing with the technology company.  Keeping costs down helps keep the price down and makes a technology more affordable.

Good Harbour Laboratories (GHL) has been a verifying organization since 2012.  In 2014 GHL formally joined the Canadian ETV program.  In 2016 GHL joined the VerifiGlobal Alliance.  VerifiGlobal is an organization that will help manage the transition from multiple government sponsored ETV programs to a single ISO based ETV ecosystem.  It is anticipated that ISO14034 will do for ETV in the 2010s what ISO9001 did for quality in the 1980s.

Dr. Greg Williams is the Managing Director of Good Harbour Labs, a Monteco company. Dr. Williams has been involved in technology development and verification in the water business for over 15 years, starting at Trojan Technologies and then moving to Monteco. He has co-authored 5 patents and he has considerable experience in evaluating technologies, writing protocols and evaluating data. Dr. Williams received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from McGill University and his PhD from the University of Toronto.