IPTS Scientific Units

Knowledge for Growth

Innovation and research strategies are bound to play a central role in Europe 2020, the EU's growth strategy to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. IPTS contributes to delivering high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion, by promoting effective investment and steering Europe towards a more environmentally-friendly economy. It develops scientific tools that allow R&D research to be carried out efficiently, supports regions and EU Member States in their research and innovation strategies, contributes to the understanding of industrial innovation and growth, and performs techno-economic assessments for EU decisions.

JRC-IPTS innovation and growth research topics

Information Society

The European Commission's Digital Agenda aims to reboot Europe's economy and support European citizens and businesses to get the most out of digital technologies. IPTS supports it by assessing its policies towards economic recovery and competitiveness – Digital Economy, Single Digital Market and industrial analysis of the ICT sector – and explores the conditions for Digital Competences, for innovative and creative learning and skills, as well as the the influence of ICT for employment/employability, cultural diversity and socio-economic inclusion.

The unit supports the eHealth research and the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing by monitoring and analysing the deployment of eHealth throughout the EU and assessing the impact of the different policies related. Another line of work is applying behavioural sciences methods to policy-making in the area of digital living.

JRC-IPTS information society research topics

Agriculture and rural development 

With a growing global population and the effects of climate change, the area of agriculture and food security is of increasing importance. IPTS provides scientific and technical support to EU policy by providing reliable information on the economics and sustainability of farming systems and rural development. In a macroeconomic perspective, IPTS provides projections and policy impact analysis for main European agricultural commodities in terms of production, markets, prices, income and consumer welfare, in the context of Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform and international trade agreements and negotiations. Finally, the Institute also provides science-based advice for policy-making processes related to the introduction and deployment of new agricultural technologies.

JRC-IPTS agriculture and food security research topics

Sustainable production and consumption

Meeting the needs of present generations without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs is at the heart of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental issues are inseparable and interdependent. Sustainable development promotes economic growth and social cohesion without impairing environmental quality.

IPTS contributes to this goal by analysing the relations between technological change, scientific developments, environment, economy and policy approaches. The unit manages the European Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (lPPC) Bureau which produces the reference documents on Best Available Techniques, develops techno-economic analysis of technological options for EU's EU Ecolabel, EcoDesign, Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), Green Public Procurement and End-of-waste criteria. It also produces socio-economic and sustainability analyses of the EU and world economy (production, consumption, trade and employment) based in analytical modelling.

JRC-IPTS sustainable production and consumption research topics

Economics of climate change, energy and transport

Europe is facing acute energy and environmental challenges: how to secure competitive and clean energy for Europe against a backdrop of climate change, growing global energy demand and future supply uncertainties?

Thanks to its modelling capacity, IPTS provides economic analysis and policy impact assessments on European energy and transport sectors together with reliable information on their trends. In collaboration with sister JRC Institutes, IPTS develops integrated economic models of climate and carbon-related policy options and its socio economic impacts, providing a widely recognized contribution to the assessment, policy formulation and evaluation of climate change.

JRC-IPTS economics of climate change and economics of energy and transport research topics