JRC News

  1. 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.

  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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 30 Nov 2007

    mobGAS©® is a new mobile phone application available in 21 European languages that allows users to see how their daily choices impact on climate change. This smart technology, developed by scientists working at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, allows users to see the implications of the choices they make every day, in terms of the three major greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. Information about everyday activities – cooking, transport, lighting, electronic appliances etc. - is put into the application, and calculations made of individual emissions. A user diary of daily, weekly and yearly emissions can be registered on a secure website, allowing a comparison with national and world averages. The application also includes an animation reflecting the user's contribution to the Kyoto Protocol target.

  6. 5 Dec 2007

    The JRC Institute for Prospective Technologies (IPTS) presents today at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bali the report "Global Climate Policy Scenarios for 2030 and beyond". This report's main findings and the scenarios presented in it served as a contribution to the January 2007 Commission Communication: "Limiting Global Climate Change to 2 degree Celsius: The way ahead for 2020 and beyond".

  7. 10 Dec 2007

    Scientists from the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) and Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) participate to the UN climate change conference from 3 to 14 December in Bali (Indonesia) to present latest scientific research results relevant to climate policy-making at a dedicated JRC side-event and at other events organized by the Commission, and other international organisations.

  8. 29 Jan 2008

    The JRC signed today, 29 January 2008, a collaboration agreement with UNEP, represented by Ms Sylvie Motard, Head of UNEP Liaison Office. The overall aim of this agreement is to contribute more effectively in understanding and resolving issues concerning the global environment, leading to more effective management techniques and strategies. Efforts will focus particularly in strengthening and further developing and sustaining global and regional partnerships and networks in the field of environmental information, promoting mutual interest and co-operation in understanding and resolving environmental issues on a global and continental scale and in supporting international capacity building within the framework of the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity-building.

  9. 7 Mar 2008

    The JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) is a partner in the organisation of the ninth edition of the Bled Forum on Europe, a scientific event involving NGO's, governmental bodies, research institutions and the business sector. This year's edition intends to identify some of the key challenges posed by climate change and to put forward internationally coordinated responses to the identified challenges.

  10. 27 Mar 2008

    Today the JRC and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) signed a collaboration agreement that will allow both institutions to combine their efforts in addressing the environmental challenge currently posed by climate change, with a clear focus on developing countries.

    The agreement foresees the provision of data generated by the JRC’s African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory for Sustainable Development to African countries via EUMETCast, EUMETSAT’s near-real-time broadcast system for environmental data. Earth observation contributes effectively to monitoring weather, climate and the environment. EUMETSAT, an operator of weather, climate and environmental monitoring satellites, and the JRC have decided to strengthen their links in this domain.The collaboration will improve scientific knowledge and product development in the field of climate monitoring, allowing both organisations to contribute effectively to monitoring the climate, in support of the Implementation Plan of the Global Climate Observing System, created in 1992 by the United Nations to ensure that observations and information needed to address climate-related issues are obtained and made available to all potential users.

    Based on the organisations’ respective experience in Earth observation applications in developing countries, the collaboration will allow both EUMETSAT and the JRC to cooperate in contributing to the extension of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) to ACP countries.

    At the signing ceremony, Dr. Roland Schenkel, Director-General of the JRC said: “Ensuring strong links between a research-based policy support organisation - the JRC - and an operational organisation – EUMETSAT - both involved in the field of Earth observation, will greatly facilitate the difficult process of transforming research results into operational products that can be delivered on a sustainable and regular basis to users.”