JRC News

  1. 6 Jul 2007

    After organising with the OECD last April the Rome workshop "Is happiness measurable and what do those measures mean for policy?", the JRC now contributed to the 2nd World Forum on "Statistics, Knowledge and Policy" entitled 'Measuring and Fostering the Progress of Societies' last week in Istanbul. This event was organised by the OECD, in co-operation with the European Commission, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the United Nations and the World Bank.

  2. 7 Dec 2007

    A new report by the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) shows that urgent guidelines are needed for the counselling of patients that opt to screen their embryos created by in vitro fertilisation (IVF) for serious genetic disorders, and there is a need for specific quality assurance schemes.

  3. 13 Dec 2007

    Today the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) published a report entitled “Assessment of the environmental advantages and drawbacks of existing and emerging polymer recovery processes". The report describes the plastics waste streams generated by different economic sectors in the EU and develops an outlook of the composition of these streams for the coming 10 years.

  4. 4 Mar 2008

    The JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) organises the Third International Seville Conference on Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA). The 2008 FTA Conference is being organised with specific focus on the “impacts and implications of FTA for policy and decision making”.

  5. 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.

  6. 23 Apr 2008

    The JRC has opened the Impact Assessment tools website, IA TOOLS, to the public. This online platform provides policy actors and impact assessment practitioners throughout Europe with a repository of guidance, information and best practices for impact assessment of new policies and legislative measures.

  7. 15 Oct 2008

    The 2008 EU R&D Industrial Investment Scoreboard is now available. R&D investment by EU companies has increased by 8.8% according to the report, published today. This compares to an increase of 8.6% in investment by American companies.

  8. 23 Apr 2009

    The JRC has published a report on possible additional policies aimed at improving the environmental performance of buildings. Authored by Andreas Uihlein and Peter Eder of the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), the report assesses the various barriers to energy efficiency and looks at measures necessary to overcome them.

  9. 7 Oct 2009

    Today, the JRC launches "SETIS", the online Strategic Energy Technologies (SET-Plan) Information System, which provides the latest research results on the status, forecasts and R&D investment figures for low-carbon technologies. It underpins the effective strategic planning, conception and implementation of EU energy technology policy and serves notably to the implementation of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan). SETIS assesses and monitors those technologies that have a significant potential to help Europe meet its energy and climate change targets, such as wind power, solar power, CCS or bioenergy. The Information System offers interactive tools to compare the maximum potential and energy production costs foreseen for the different technologies over time.

  10. 25 Nov 2009

    If the climate expected in the 2080s occurred today, the EU would face yearly GDP losses between €20 and €65 billion, depending on the temperature increase in Europe (2.5°C to 5.4°C). This is one of the forecasts of the final report of the PESETA study, published today by the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS). The PESETA study also looked at different regional impacts of climate change across the EU. Damages would occur mainly in Southern and Central Europe, while Northern Europe would be the sole region to benefit, in economic terms and for the aspects studied, from climate change.