JRC News

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 19 Nov 2008

    The EU code of conduct for data centres launched today by the European Commission provides guidelines, recommendations and examples of best practice which could lead to a reduction in energy consumption by data centres in Europe of up to 20%.

  4. 17 Dec 2008

    A new global map released today by the Joint Research Centre and published in the World Bank’s World Development Report 2009 measures urbanisation in the new perspective of Travel Time to 8,500 Major Cities. The map fills an important gap in our understanding of economic, physical and social connectivity.

  5. 28 May 2009

    The JRC and the European Commission's Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development today present the main findings of the two-year "SoCo" (Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Conservation) project at a policy seminar in Brussels. The meeting is to be attended by representatives from government ministries in EU Member States, farming, industrial and environmental organisations and academia.

  6. 17 Jun 2010

    In May 2010, Member States' data on commercial fish stocks in the Mediterranean, together with data on effort trends and landings at fleet level were assembled by the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) through its dedicated fisheries data collection web site. Thanks to the JRC's persistent efforts and quality checks, more complete and reliable data is now available to support sound scientific advice in fisheries management. Despite shortcomings in the compliance with data call rules, the JRC's scientists were able to provide the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) working group for the Mediterranean with an increased amount of quality data on stocks compared with previous years.

    This success builds on the pioneering STECF work carried out in 2008 and 2009 which aimed to establish scientific evidence to support the development of long-term management plans for selected fisheries in the Mediterranean, and to strengthen the Community's scientific input to the work of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM). In 2009 this involved data compilations and assessments for 59 combinations of demersal (i.e. the species that live in closer vicinity with the seabed, e.g. hake, red mullet, red shrimps, common sole, etc.) and small pelagic (such as anchovies and sardines) species, and for Geographical Sub-areas (GSAs) which indicated overfishing for most stocks and recommended reductions in catches and fishing mortality in the short term.

    Over 54% of the Mediterranean fish stocks analysed by scientists are found to be fished to well above sustainable harvest levels. The EU 'Mediterranean Regulation', in force since 1 June 2010 for Member States bordering the Mediterranean basin, aims to improve the management of fisheries to help them become more sustainable, protect the fragile marine environment and restore fish stocks to healthy levels.

  7. 28 Jun 2010

    The annual report 2009 of the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) and the new brochure of the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), ‘Science for the environment’, are now available.

  8. 9 Jul 2010

    The JRC has substantially contributed to the new EU system established to ensure that European biofuels and bioliquids come from sustainable sources and meet the highest environmental standards. A key tool is the JRC's methodology to quantify changes to the amount of carbon in soils and biomass when land use changes as a result of biofuels production. This is an important factor in the sustainability assessment. The methodology follows the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines for national greenhouse gas inventories and is supported by comprehensive global data collected by the JRC. The methodology was the basis for the Commission decision on the guidelines for the calculation of land carbon stocks.

  9. 7 Oct 2010

    A unique partnership between NASA and organisations in Africa and Europe, including the JRC's Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), has sent more than 30 terabytes of free Earth science satellite data to South African researchers to support sustainable development and environmental applications in Africa.

    The partnership began in spring 2008, when JRC-IES participated in an intensive field campaign to study the environment around Kruger National Park, organised by South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The researchers studied the area using direct, airborne and space-based measurements.  

    This led to an agreement between JRC-IES and CISR in July 2008 to facilitate the interaction and exchange of staff, knowledge, data and software. NASA became involved in the collaboration in 2009, which culminated in a shipment of most of the data this summer. The data are from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR), managed by NASA.

    This transfer of data to a distribution centre in Africa will make it widely accessible to African users who have not been able to remotely download the large data files because of limitations in the continent's internet infrastructure.

    NASA press release: NASA Partnership Sends Earth Science Data To Africa

  10. 12 Apr 2011

    The JRC announced on Tuesday 12 April the 25 winners from 14 countries across the three categories featured in this year's edition of the energy efficiency awards. These award schemes are part of three JRC programmes aiming to encourage organisations in both public and private sectors to cut energy consumption by using innovative and energy efficient technologies.