JRC News

  1. 7 Jul 2015

    On 7 July, the international scientific conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change” - the largest scientific forum ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)  - starts in Paris.

  2. 26 May 2015

    On 26 May the European Commission launched the European smart specialisation platform on energy, which will support regions and Member States in using Cohesion Policy funding more effectively for promoting sustainable energy.

  3. 16 Mar 2015

    Today the JRC launches the Raw Materials Information System (RMIS), a comprehensive online repository of information on policies, activities and data related to the European raw materials sector.

  4. 9 Oct 2014

    How much is Europe investing in the bioeconomy today? What is the state of the bioeconomy sectors across the EU? What are the related policy initiatives taken at EU and national levels? Replies to those and similar questions can be found on the bioeconomy observatory website, set up by the JRC.

  5. 25 Jun 2014

    The JRC and Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy co-organised a high-level event on scientific support to the Danube Strategy, aiming to foster synergies in economic, environmental and social issues.

  6. 24 Jan 2014

    The European Commission published a Communication this week setting out the new 2030 framework with the revised climate and energy targets for a competitive, secure and low-carbon EU economy. A binding reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 40% below the 1990 level and an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27% are the pillars of the updated framework. The Commission also suggested reforming the European Union Emission Trading System (ETS) with the establishment of a market stability reserve.

  7. 27 Sep 2013

    With the close cooperation of the US mission to the EU, the JRC organised a high-level meeting on Thursday 26 September in order to examine the scientific potential to support eco-industries and technologies on both sides of the Atlantic.

  8. 5 Aug 2010

    The European Commission has launched a public consultation on indirect land use change and biofuels. Indirect land use change (ILUC) occurs when land formerly used for a food crop is turned over to production of biofuels. As a result, cultivation of the displaced food crop is often transferred to a location where land prices and the costs associated with agriculture are lower – this can be on grasslands and forested land. This is of concern because the deforestation and cultivation of virgin or semi-virgin land releases high levels of carbon previously held in soil and plants into the atmosphere. Subsequent use of nitrogen fertilizers on poorer soils would also lead to emissions of N2O from the soil.

  9. 7 Oct 2009

    Today, the JRC launches "SETIS", the online Strategic Energy Technologies (SET-Plan) Information System, which provides the latest research results on the status, forecasts and R&D investment figures for low-carbon technologies. It underpins the effective strategic planning, conception and implementation of EU energy technology policy and serves notably to the implementation of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan). SETIS assesses and monitors those technologies that have a significant potential to help Europe meet its energy and climate change targets, such as wind power, solar power, CCS or bioenergy. The Information System offers interactive tools to compare the maximum potential and energy production costs foreseen for the different technologies over time.

  10. 10 Mar 2009

    Over the next three days (10-12 March) this international scientific congress, organised by the University of Copenhagen, gathers policy makers, government officials and academia from Europe and the rest of the world to debate the existing and emerging scientific knowledge relevant to policy making in the area of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. The congress will provide a summary of existing scientific knowledge two years after the last IPCC report. Its findings will be supplementary to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).