A geo-economic analysis, identifying the least-cost rural electrification options for sub-Saharan Africa which could bring an end to the persistent energy poverty, was recently presented in an article published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. JRC scientists carried out their research in collaboration with colleagues from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
On 9 December 2013, the JRC launched FACET, a Flavourings, Additives, and food Contact materials Exposure Tool consisting of a downloadable programme to estimate the EU consumers' exposure to these substances. FACET contains databases of chemical concentrations for flavourings and additives, industry data on retail packaging composition, chemical occurrence data or their prediction, and food consumption diaries, which are then combined into probabilistic dietary exposure models.
The European Commission has adopted the JRC's first Work Programme for 2014-2015 under Horizon 2020, the new EU strategy to boost research and innovation. The programme is aligned with the European Union's policy priorities, such as overcoming the economic crisis, encouraging the use of renewable energy and tackling climate change.
The formal participation agreement for the European Pavilion in the World Expo 2015 was signed today in Milan in the presence of the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and the Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta. The EU exhibition will illustrate the EU's key role in global food security in line with the EXPO theme "Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life".
At the occasion of the World Soil Day international symposium in Paris, organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the French Soil Study Association (AFES), the JRC launched the French version of its European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity. The Atlas presents a map for soil biodiversity covering most EU Member States, in order to guide decision-makers in protecting this crucial resource.
Today the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) became operational and will address the challenges of cross border crime, irregular migration and the loss of migrants' lives at sea. With its expertise in maritime surveillance technologies, the JRC provided technical support for the setting-up of EUROSUR and will help its further development of maritime services.