JRC News

  1. 6 Jul 2007

    The paper authored by Evangelos Tzimas, Aliki Georgakaki and Stathis Peteves from the Energy Systems Evaluation Unit at the JRC's Institute for Energy entitled "The evolution of the European Fossil Fuel Power Generation Sector and its Impact on the Sustainability of the Energy System" received the Best Paper Award in the thematic area ‘The European Market’ during the PowerGen Europe 2007 Conference.

  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. 21 Sep 2007

    Energy consumption worldwide is likely to double between 2000 and 2050, and nuclear energy will remain a key element in future low-carbon energy systems. Europe has the largest nuclear industry in the world and one third of its electricity comes from nuclear plants. To prepare for the future and maintain European leadership in this sector, a Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform has been launched today, bringing together researchers and industry to define and implement a Strategic Research Agenda and corresponding Deployment Strategy.

  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. 10 Oct 2007

    The European Commission has adopted two proposals today that will mark a step forward in the development and marketing of clean and safe hydrogen vehicles The first is the setting up of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative (JTI), an ambitious industry-led integrated programme of Research, technology development and demonstration activities. This Public-Private Partnership driven by European industry will be implemented over the next 6 years with a financial contribution from the EU of € 470 million, to be matched by the private sector. The JTI should accelerate the development of hydrogen technologies to the point of commercial take-off between 2010 and 2020. Secondly, a number of hydrogen cars are already ripe for market introduction today. Thus, the Commission proposes to simplify their approval so that they will be seen more often on Europe's streets. Both proposals will now be considered by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.

  6. 19 Nov 2007

    In support of the upcoming European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), the JRC has released major new studies mapping the potential of energy technologies and the energy research capacity in Europe. Including the latest data from stakeholders Europe-wide, this mapping exercise highlights that a broad portfolio of technologies needs to be developed strategically and inclusively to meet stated policy goals. The studies, undertaken by the JRC Institute for Energy (IE) and Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), underline divergent research priorities between Member States and insufficient investment in research and development. The overall picture shows that we are not on track to meet energy policy objectives.

  7. 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.

  8. 19 Dec 2007

    Director of the JRC Institute for Energy (IE) Giovanni De Santi and Prof Józef DubiDski from the Central Mining Institute (GIG), Katowice, Poland have taken the first step towards intensifying the collaboration between the respective Institutes with the signature of a letter of intent. Several thematic areas have been identified for collaboration including:

  9. 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.

  10. 5 Mar 2008

    The European Commission adopted today a package of measures aimed at improving transport connections between the European Union and its neighbours. It proposed a mandate in view to negotiate a Transport Community Treaty with the Western Balkans and reported on the good progress in the exploratory talks that followed the adoption of the "Guidelines for transport in Europe and neighbouring regions".