JRC News

  1. 26 Apr 2007

    Nutrients are essential for plants and animals, but in excessive amounts they can lead to a significant decrease in soil and water quality. Nutrients can be introduced into the environment through fertilisers or other agrochemicals, and strict regulations have been adopted to limit their use. A new atlas, the work of the JRC's Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), provides for the first time a clear view on the pressure on eco-systems due to nutrients and their source. The atlas was the basis for identifying areas in Europe with the highest levels of nutrient pressure, which include large portions of The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, and Italy.

  2. 15 Jun 2007

    Linking in with the festivities for the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, Green Week 2007 looks back at 50 years of European environmental policy and looks at the future.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 21 Nov 2007

    Arsenic in shallow groundwaters extensively utilized for drinking, irrigation and cooking in many parts of the world, including Cambodia, represents a major environmental hazard.

  7. 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.

  8. 14 Dec 2007

    On 11 December 2007, the European Parliament voted in favor of the new Air Quality Directive, setting new limits to fine particulate matter (PM).

  9. 21 Dec 2007

    On 21 December, the European Commission adopted new legislation on industrial emissions to strengthen the provisions already in force and reduce industrial emissions throughout the European Union. The proposal will bring significant health and environmental benefits and will create a better level playing field across the EU, reducing competition distortions between companies. It will also simplify current legislation by merging seven directives into one, significantly cutting the administrative burden for industry and public authorities.

  10. 10 Jan 2008

    In the context of its support to the Water Framework Directive and related legislation, the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) has organised an EU-wide perspective on the occurrence of polar emerging pollutants, such as pesticides (and their degradation products), pharmaceuticals, hormones, antibiotics, and industrial chemicals (alkylphenolics, and perfluorinated compounds) in European rivers. The screening exercise was carried out in autumn 2007 and involved not less than 71 laboratories from whole Europe.