A new EU regulation on smart tachographs has been approved. These tachographs allow better enforcement of driving and resting times, making fraud more difficult whilst enhancing road safety and reducing the controls burden for compliant road operators. During the past ten years the JRC has been providing its technical expertise for the design and implementation of this device. As a result of its early commitment – in 2004 – it has become responsible for two essential services: the European Root Certification Authority (ERCA) and the Laboratory for Interoperability Certification (IOT).
A series of sustainability measures – if implemented – may reduce urban transport CO2 emissions by up to 8.8% in 2030, according to a report by the JRC. Introducing congestion charging zones, reverting to teleworking and conference calls instead of commuting as well as reallocating road lanes to public transport, are the three measures that top the list of 21. Together, these would account for a reduction of 18.3 million tons of CO2, corresponding to 75,000 flights from London to New York, which is equivalent to 10 years of air traffic for the route.
The JRC has published a report containing a guide and a European harmonised protocol for identifying atmospheric pollution sources using receptor models. This reference document has been compiled in collaboration with European networks of experts in the field of air quality modelling (FAIRMODE) and measurements (AQUILA).
A JRC co-authored article published yesterday in Nature Climate Change investigates the financial risks posed by large-scale floods across the EU. The authors advocate increasing adaptation efforts, which should focus on enhancing flood protection measures and risk financing mechanisms in a harmonised way.
What do improved home gardens in Java and mobile phone ownership have in common? They are both innovations which had a remarkable impact on food and nutritional security (FNS), and are now being studied by the JRC to outline a more resilient global food system.
The JRC has recently published a report presenting the current state of knowledge on the management of contaminated sites in Europe. It aims to support the EU Soil Thematic Strategy. In order to track the progress of the management of contaminated sites, the new report summarises the information obtained from National Reference Centres for Soil that belong to the European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET).
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Convention: Crop genetic improvement technologies for sustainable agricultural innovation
International cooperation to enhance a worldwide nuclear security culture by the EU Contribution to the Nuclear Security Summit 2014
Workshop: Joining forces through Smart Specialisation: Synergies between ESIF and Horizon 2020 for Key Enabling Technologies