JRC News

  1. 6 Dec 2012

    The new edition of the R&D Scoreboard , published by the JRC and the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, shows that in the face of the continuing economic and financial crisis, major EU-based firms continue to rely on R&D for their competitive edge.

  2. 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.

  3. 13 Dec 2012

    New services can vitalise the economy, as they generate jobs and growth, and the services sector accounts already for about two thirds of employment and GDP in Europe. Innovation in this area can be driven by the exploitation of new technologies, new markets or new organisational structures.

  4. 21 Dec 2012

    The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector is one of the most research intensive sectors in the EU economy, meaning that it has a high ratio of Research & Development (R&D) expenditure if compared to its value added (its revenues less materials and services purchases). This is one of the main findings of a new report by the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), which also highlights that with a ratio of 5.3% in 2009, the R&D intensity of this sector was more than four times the average of all business sectors in the EU (1.2%).

  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. 5 Feb 2013

    In the run-up to the 4th European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation (CONCORDi-2013), the JRC has launched a call for papers on the topic of this edition: "Financing R&D and innovation for corporate growth in the EU: Strategies, drivers and barriers".

  7. 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.

  8. 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".

  9. 29 Mar 2013

    85-90% of jobs will require Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) skills by 2020, according to the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. Although internet job searches by unemployed people have increased dramatically in Europe (46% in 2011 according to Eurostat), and significantly reduced unemployment duration in some countries - like the USA - employers and labour market intermediaries, including public and private services, might not yet be exploiting the full potential of ICT.

  10. 12 Apr 2013

    The European Commission has published this week the new "Best Available Techniques" (BAT) conclusions, which is the reference for setting permit conditions for the production of cement, lime and magnesium oxide in the EU.