JRC News

  1. 25 May 2009

    Published today, the latest results from a joint project of the JRC and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) – called the Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research or "EDGAR" – show that global man-made greenhouse gas emissions increased 15% between 2000 and 2005, representing a sharp jump in the rate of emissions growth, which was 3% for the period 1990-1995 and 6% between 1995 and 2000. Global annual emissions of greenhouse gases increased from 24 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalents in 1970 to 33 billion tonnes in 1990 and 41 billion in 2005. A total of 560 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases were released into the atmosphere between 1990 (the reference year of the Kyoto Protocol) and 2005.

  2. 23 Sep 2010

    A delegation from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) met with JRC representatives on 22 September to discuss current collaborations and the potential for future collaborations between the two organisations. NOAA is a federal scientific agency within the U.S. Department for Commerce and a world leading authority on environmental issues. The delegation was lead by Dr Jane Lubchenco who is the current Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere within this department, and NOAA's Administrator.

  3. 11 Feb 2013

    In Europe the compliance of emissions from passenger cars with regulatory standards is measured during a predefined test procedure in the laboratory (i.e. the current Euro 5 standard for diesel cars allows for 180 mg NOx emissions per kilometer). Research done by the JRC suggests that this laboratory test does not accurately capture the amount of nitrogen oxides emitted by diesel cars on the road, which is substantially higher.

  4. 13 Mar 2013

    Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from livestock represent between 12 and 17% of the EU's global emissions (2007 data). A recently published study, co-authored by the JRC, looks at the production and consumption of livestock products, focusing particularly on the beef and dairy sectors. Results show that livestock emissions in the EU could be mitigated by up to 60% (around 377 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent), particularly by reducing consumption of animal products, minimising food waste and by producing beef and dairy on grassland instead of using intensive grain-fed production.

  5. 4 Jun 2013

    The JRC has contributed to the recently published ‘Annual European Union greenhouse gas inventory 1990–2011 and inventory report 2013’, prepared by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action, the European Environment Agency‘s (EEA), the European Topic Centre for Air Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation (ETC/ACM) and Eurostat, the EU's statistical office. JRC scientists took care of the inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture and from land-use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF).

  6. 4 Jun 2013

    The JRC conducts research activities to support climate change mitigation strategies and policies to improve air quality. They will be presented at the occasion of the EU's Green week, taking place between 4 and 7 June and devoted this year to the theme "cleaner air for all".

  7. 31 Jul 2013

    An extensive set of best environmental management practices (BEMPs) has been identified and analysed by the JRC to allow organisations within the retail trade sector to minimise their direct and indirect impact on the environment. In its comprehensive report, the JRC describes several techniques, measures and actions to improve the energy performance, the sustainability of the supply chain, transport and logistics, waste and water management, and to influence consumer behaviour and consumption.

  8. 25 Nov 2013

    JRC scientists contributed to the validation of an innovative rapid test for the simplified detection of certain drugs (antibiotic residues) in honey and mould toxins (mycotoxins) in cereals. Some antibiotics are used as preventive or therapeutic treatment to protect honey producing bees from extremely dangerous bacterial diseases and mycotoxins are toxic compounds that are produced when certain species of mould (fungi) infect crops.

  9. 19 Dec 2013

    The European Commission adopted a policy package yesterday with new measures to reduce air pollution. The clean air package updates existing legislation and further reduces harmful emissions from industry, traffic, energy plants and agriculture, with a view to lowering their impact on human health and the environment.

  10. 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.