JRC News

  1. 14 Nov 2012

    Energy consumption of data centres is increasing as they expand to support the needs of the digital sector. Data centres in the EU consume around 60 TWh per year and this figure is expected to double by 2020. Energy efficiency measures could save up to a total of 30TWh. It is therefore essential to improve their efficiency. However, the metrics needed to measure their performance are still under development, which hinders the monitoring of this process.

  2. 11 Dec 2012

    A new JRC report shows the status of energy consumption (up to 2010) in the EU-27 residential and tertiary sectors, with a special focus on the electricity consumption of main household appliances and equipment. Conclusions show that the increasing number and use of appliances and equipment has kept energy and electricity consumption either stable or increasing in the sectors studied.

  3. 12 Dec 2012

    According to a recent JRC report, only new innovative technologies have the potential to alter CO2 emissions substantially and energy consumption to a minor extent in the European iron and steel industry by 2030.

  4. 18 Dec 2012

    On 31 December this year, the new regulation for end of waste criteria for glass cullet will come into force. It will contribute to assure a second life for bottles and other glass containers.

  5. 22 Jan 2013

    Which country in the world has the biggest carbon footprint? How many emissions are released in China to produce goods consumed elsewhere? How much water is used in Brazil to support consumption in the US? Which countries lead in the extraction of resources worldwide? To what extent is land used by Japan enough to satisfy its consumption level?

  6. 20 Feb 2013

    The European Commission has recently adopted a new implementing decision establishing the best available techniques (BAT) conclusions on industrial emissions for the tanning of hides and skins. These conclusions define the reference for setting the permit conditions for these installations in Europe under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) 2010/75/EU. The IED currently regulates emissions to air, water and soil of about 50 000 industrial installations across the EU.

  7. 28 Feb 2013

    The JRC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Tübitak). With this, both organisations set the basis for cooperation in the following fields: energy and clean transport, environment and climate change, agriculture and food security, health and consumer protection, information society and cyber security, crisis and hazard management and safety and security.

  8. 26 Mar 2013

    Nine EU-based companies have today been recognised for their energy-saving efforts, thanks to the installation of energy-efficient lighting technologies. The winners of the 2013 GreenLight Awards have achieved yearly electricity savings equal to the total consumption of around 1200 households (3 568,5 MWh - on average, a household consumes 3MWh/year).

  9. 26 Mar 2013

    The conference held today focused on the role of efficient buildings, vehicles and equipment as an essential driver to economic success. As Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, expressed during the opening: "efficiency is crucial not only for achieving our energy security and climate goals; it will also give a real boost to the economy by bringing important savings and job creation, in addition to environmental benefits. These are three key sectors that represent huge potential to trigger investment and innovation in the EU".

  10. 8 Apr 2013

    The JRC has conducted a screening of typical European situations of sewage sludge in order to support the identification and prioritisation of chemical pollutants in biodegradable waste. In collaboration with European wastewater treatment plants, JRC scientists have evaluated the concentration of 114 chemical substances in 63 samples originating from 15 countries. The compounds included for instance pesticides, personal care products, sweeteners, pharmaceuticals and minor and trace elements. Many of the studied compounds had never been assessed before on such abroad geographic scale. Obtained results were assessed statistically and where possible compared to other findings.