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. 17 Jun 2015

    A strong decline in emissions from human-made aerosols will drive changes to large scale atmospheric circulation and hence affect wind power density off-shore and solar radiation in Europe and northern Africa, according to JRC report analysing these two renewables in 2030-2050.

  3. 17 Oct 2014

    Recently published JRC guidebooks to develop sustainable energy plans help local authorities in Asia and the South Mediterranean region to decrease CO2 emissions by reducing energy consumption and increasing the supply from renewable energy sources.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 24 Jun 2013

    On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Covenant of Mayors, the JRC has published an assessment report of this initiative, which involves more than 4600 local authorities in the field of sustainable energy development and climate mitigation.

  7. 3 May 2013

    A JRC report assessing Europe's potential for pumped hydropower, the most used electricity storage, revealed that for a set of countries for which comparable data are available, the current storage capacity could be increased by up to 10 times when new plants are based on one existing reservoir. A larger capacity to store energy would allow a higher penetration of renewable energies and would support the EU's efforts to reach its goal of 20% of energy from renewables by 2020.

  8. 4 Apr 2012

    A joint study by the JRC and University College Cork (Ireland) has led to a new methodology to assess the European potential for pumped hydropower, a type of electricity storage.

  9. 9 Jul 2010

    The JRC has substantially contributed to the new EU system established to ensure that European biofuels and bioliquids come from sustainable sources and meet the highest environmental standards. A key tool is the JRC's methodology to quantify changes to the amount of carbon in soils and biomass when land use changes as a result of biofuels production. This is an important factor in the sustainability assessment. The methodology follows the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines for national greenhouse gas inventories and is supported by comprehensive global data collected by the JRC. The methodology was the basis for the Commission decision on the guidelines for the calculation of land carbon stocks.

  10. 4 May 2010

    More than 500 European mayors are committing today to cut CO2 emissions by more than 20% by 2020. By signing the Covenant of Mayors, they pledge to save energy, foster renewable energy and raise awareness among their citizens. The Covenant of Mayors, an annual conference initiated by the European Commission in 2009, has already more than 1600 signatories in 36 countries representing 120 million citizens.