JRC News

  1. 26 Apr 2007

    Nutrients are essential for plants and animals, but in excessive amounts they can lead to a significant decrease in soil and water quality. Nutrients can be introduced into the environment through fertilisers or other agrochemicals, and strict regulations have been adopted to limit their use. A new atlas, the work of the JRC's Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), provides for the first time a clear view on the pressure on eco-systems due to nutrients and their source. The atlas was the basis for identifying areas in Europe with the highest levels of nutrient pressure, which include large portions of The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, and Italy.

  2. 13 Jul 2007

    A report published by the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) indicates that overall electricity consumption is growing in the EU. Even if the EU and the Member States have adopted numerous successful measures to curb energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions, the electricity consumption in the residential sector of the EU-25 grew at a rate comparable to overall GDP (10.8 percent), effectively nullifying overall savings between 1999 and 2004.

  3. 28 Aug 2007

    According to the JRC's European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), 183 987 hectares were burnt in Greece between 24 and 26 August, during the major forest fires that have ravaged that country. This brings the provisional figure to this point in the 2007 forest fire season in Greece to 268 834 hectares. The concentration of damage in the Peloponnese coincides with the fire danger maps produced by EFFIS Fire Danger system that shows the Peloponnese as being the area of Greece with highest meteorological fire risk. However, the forecasts for the coming days show that the fire risk in Greece in general and the Peloponnese in particular will reduce.

  4. 25 Sep 2007

    "Towards a new culture for urban mobility” is the title of the Green Paper adopted today by the Commission to open a debate on the key issues of urban mobility: free-flowing and greener towns and cities, smarter urban mobility and an urban transport which is accessible, safe and secure for all European citizens. With this Green Paper the Commission wants to identify, in partnership with all parties, what obstacles to successful urban mobility exist and how to remove them.

  5. 21 Nov 2007

    Arsenic in shallow groundwaters extensively utilized for drinking, irrigation and cooking in many parts of the world, including Cambodia, represents a major environmental hazard.

  6. 22 Nov 2007

    The European Commission has presented today the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). Low carbon technologies will play a vital role in reaching Europe's energy and climate change targets. The main goal of the SET-Plan is to accelerate the development and implementation of these technologies. The JRC is supporting the SET-Plan establishment and development in particular by providing technology and capacity mapping.

  7. 27 Nov 2007

    The 2007 “Batefuegos de Oro” Award in the International Category was given to the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) in acknowledgement of its relevant work in the area of environment, and specifically on forest fires.

  8. 4 Dec 2007

    As a further development of the European Soil Data Center (ESDAC), a full archive of digital soil maps has been delivered on-line for free, unrestricted access for external users. It includes 5665 maps from 129 countries and forms the single biggest digital soil map archive in the world.

  9. 14 Dec 2007

    On 11 December 2007, the European Parliament voted in favor of the new Air Quality Directive, setting new limits to fine particulate matter (PM).

  10. 7 Jan 2008

    The JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) published the “Photovoltaic Status Report 2007”. Its unique format combines international up-to-date information on PV research with manufacturing and market implementation data, collected regularly from public and commercial studies and crosschecked by the IES' authoring scientists.