JRC News

  1. 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.

  2. 16 Jul 2008

    The downscaled population density grid produced by the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen and hosted by the European Environment Agency (EEA) is attracting more and more interest. The number of grids downloaded from the EEA data service since its launch online in 2004 has grown from 207 for that year to 1408 in 2007 and 902 in just the first 5 months of 2008.

    The JRC's population density grid combines information on population per commune using the CORINE Land Cover (COoRdinate INformation on the Environment) and LUCAS (Land Use and Cover Area frame Statistical survey) systems. Initially produced in 1999 at the request of Eurostat and EEA for the analysis of rural area typologies, the 5th version of the grid is now extensively used for a number of purposes. The population density grid is used, for example, to compute accessibility indicators including the average distance of dwellings to services, to monitor the implementation of the EC Directive on noise restrictions at airports and to assess the impact of floods.

    Improving the production of these grids is the main project of the European Forum for Geostatistics, an initiative of National Statistical Institutes supported by Eurostat and closely related to INSPIRE. The next workshop, to be held in Bled, Slovenia, on 1-3 October 2008 , will address the theme of "integration of statistics and geography for sustainable development".

  3. 5 Dec 2008

    JRC scientist Arnulf Jäger-Waldau of the Institute for Energy (IE) was this week named as lead Author for the forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. More than two hundred experts from around the world have been selected to participate in the preparation of the report and Mr Jäger-Waldau's selection as lead author can be considered recognition of his expertise in the field.

  4. 11 Dec 2008

    The latest Photovoltaics Status Report, released today by the JRC Institute for Energy (IE), shows a continued increase in the yearly growth rate of solar photovoltaic production, averaging 40% over five years and peaking at 60% in 2007. The current world electricity production from photovoltaic systems is approximately 10 billion KWh, of which half comes from the EU. Solar energy still accounts for only 0.2% of total electricity consumption in Europe. Nevertheless, the net effect is 4 million fewer tonnes of CO2 being released.

  5. 12 Dec 2008

    The JRC is presenting its activities at the Renewable Energies Fair Energaïa, taking place in Montpellier, France, from 10-12 December 2008. This annual international trade fair and stakeholder conference,where up to 20,000 participants are expected, covers the field of renewable energies from policy-making and market trends to practical tips on how to install solar panels and wood pellet stoves.

  6. 2 Feb 2009

    A delegation from the JRC, led by its Director-General Roland Schenkel, visited the principal research centre of the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment (ENEA) in Casaccia, near Rome on 30 January 2009. The visit follows that of a large delegation from ENEA to the JRC in Ispra on 11 September 2008.

  7. 24 Feb 2009

    A cooperation agreement between the JRC and the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative (JTI), a public-private venture aimed at delivering commercially viable hydrogen energy and fuel cell technologies, has been approved by the JTI Governing Board.

  8. 29 Jun 2009

    A series of "Renewable Energy Snapshots" published today by the JRC provides a timely update on the potential of wind, solar and biomass energy to contribute to the EU's binding target of 20% electricity generation from renewable energy sources by 2020. Based on updated data from the European solar and wind industry, the latest Snapshots show that the currently installed capacity of both solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy already greatly exceeds the 2010 targets proposed in the EU White Paper on Renewable Sources of Energy (1997). However, the JRC concludes that the ambitious 2020 targets can be achieved only if the necessary investments are made to ensure that the system is able to absorb and distribute the additional electricity.

  9. 21 Sep 2009

    The JRC's Institute for Energy (IE) today publishes its eighth Annual Photovoltaics Status Report. The report notes that global production of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules and panels increased to about 7.3 gigawatts (GW) in 2008, representing an 80% increase on the previous year.

  10. 4 May 2010

    More than 500 European mayors are committing today to cut CO2 emissions by more than 20% by 2020. By signing the Covenant of Mayors, they pledge to save energy, foster renewable energy and raise awareness among their citizens. The Covenant of Mayors, an annual conference initiated by the European Commission in 2009, has already more than 1600 signatories in 36 countries representing 120 million citizens.