Joint Research Centre - European Commission

The European Commission's in-house science service
European Commission

Key services

The Directorate is responsible for a vast range of services on the JRC-Ispra site, spanning from site planning and building maintenance, and the provision of utilities such as energy, water and communication networks, to site security and safety and essential logistics such as transport, cleaning and waste management. ISM also manages the programme of Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management (D&WM) at Ispra related to the shutdown nuclear facilities on-site.

Infrastructure development and maintenance

ISM plans and realises all projects for new buildings, building refurbishments and major infrastructural interventions on the Ispra Site. While assuring a client relationship with the Institutes and operational services on the Site, ISM pursues urban development with a particular attention to cost effectiveness, to environmental aspects and to the creation of an optimal environment for scientific activities.

In addition, ISM provides services related to routine or extraordinary maintenance interventions. The activities are triggered by work requests and cover interventions ranging from civil works such as masonry and carpentry to the maintenance of lifts and elevators. Site maintenance activities include maintenance of buildings, installations, facilities, roads and green areas; and removal of hazards (for instance hazardous trees) from the site.

The energy used at JRC-Ispra is produced by the tri-generation plant on-site - a power plant that produces electricity, thermal energy and cooling energy. Water for drinking and cooling purposes is pumped from Lago Maggiore. After use the water is cleaned at the Waste Water treatment plant and released back into the lake.

Construction site

The new science zone construction site on 12/11/2010© EU, 2011

Construction site

The new science zone construction site on 30/08/2011© EU, 2011

Water treatment plant building

Water treatment plant at JRC-Ispra© EU, 2011

Lawn mower

Green areas© EU, 2011


Building© EU, 2011


Road repairs© EU, 2011



Site security and safety at work

Fire brigade building

Fire brigade on-site© EU, 2011

ISM aims to ensure the highest safety, security and environmental standards for the protection of the Ispra site staff, visitors of the JRC, its premises and assets, as well as the surrounding population, in compliance with European and national legislation. Compliance with safety rules at workplaces and construction sites is continuously verified through consultation procedures and on-the spot safety inspections. ISM operates also a Security Service and a fire brigade on-site.


Telephone networks and video conferencing

The Ispra site is connected to the public telephone network via ISDN providing well over 210 simultaneous communication channels, for fixed line telephone communications as well as videoconferences and other data transmission applications. ISM's mobile voice communication service manages the GSM lines.


Transport, cleaning and waste management

Besides the transport for the needs of various activities on-site, ISM provides a daily commuter service to staff, as well as a shuttle service to and from the local airports and railway stations. The service car pool at JRC-Ispra, composed of different types of vehicles, can also be used for work-related travel. The Cleaning Service takes care of the cleaning of buildings and roads, and also the collection of conventional waste from the containers placed in and around buildings all over the site, which is then transported to the internal waste collection platform.

People at bus stop

Transport services© EU, 2011

Cleaner in a room

Cleaning services© EU, 2011

Waste collection truck

Waste collection services© EU, 2011



Nuclear decommissioning

The JRC's Decommissioning and Waste Management Programme is aimed at the progressive elimination of the Centre’s historical liabilities, i.e. those nuclear R&D facilities and radioactive waste management installations that have no future role in supporting the mission of the JRC. The programme’s execution will not only protect the environment, public and personnel, but will also enable the JRC to eventually reduce operational costs associated with maintaining its obsolete nuclear plants which currently are in a state of safe conservation.

For more information, please check Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management (D&WM)