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. 15 Jun 2007

    Linking in with the festivities for the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, Green Week 2007 looks back at 50 years of European environmental policy and looks at the future.

  3. 4 Jul 2007

    On 29 June the European Commission published the Green Paper "Adapting to climate change in Europe - options for EU action", which sets out options for EU action to help the process of adaptation to climate change across Europe. The Green Paper and its annex include early results of the JRC PESETA study on the possible impacts of climate change in Europe over the 21st century. In particular, it presents maps based on projections of climate conditions in Europe in the 2080s and of the possible physical impacts in the following key sectors: agriculture, human health, tourism, river discharge, and coastal areas.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.