We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The consumption and production of products is responsible for a large number of environmental problems, ranging from pollution to air, water and soil to increased resource consumption and also negative health impacts. The European Commission addresses this issue through a number of policy instruments which are subsumed under the Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan. These include mandatory and voluntary instruments, with the intention to exclude the most damaging products from the European single market, while at the same time giving increased visibility to environmental friendly products.
The Joint Research Centre operates the European Product Bureau which supports this work by scientifically assessing the environmental performance of a broad range of product groups and through the operational management of the policy implementation process for the European Ecolabel Regulation, the Green Public Procurement Communication, the Directive on ecodesign requirements for energy-related products, and the Energy Labelling Directive.