JRC News

  1. 18 Nov 2013

    The 2,000 top world investors listed in the 2013 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard, increased R&D investments by 6.2% in 2012 compared to the previous year, showing a remarkable resilience in times of economic uncertainty. For the first time since 2004, an EU company – the German carmaker Volkswagen – is the world’s largest private sector R&D investor. These are the main findings of the Scoreboard released today. It was compiled by the JRC and the European Commission's Directorate General Research and Innovation.

  2. 27 Sep 2013

    With the close cooperation of the US mission to the EU, the JRC organised a high-level meeting on Thursday 26 September in order to examine the scientific potential to support eco-industries and technologies on both sides of the Atlantic.

  3. 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".

  4. 10 Nov 2014

    The European Commission has recently adopted revised Best Available Techniques (BAT) conclusions for the production of pulp, paper and board, and for the refining of mineral oil and gas, following respective positive votes of the Regulatory Committee foreseen in article 75 of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) 2010/75/EU.

  5. 2 Oct 2015

    CONCORDi 2015, JRC's biennial European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation, has put its focus on identifying sound evidence-based approaches to inform industrial research and innovation policies.

  6. 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.

  7. 4 Dec 2014

    Investment in research and development by companies based in the EU grew by 2.6% in 2013, despite the unfavourable economic environment. However, this growth has slowed in comparison to the previous year's 6.8%. It is also below the 2013 world average (4.9%), and lags behind companies based in the US (5%) and Japan (5.5%).

  8. 30 Sep 2013

    Despite a crisis-driven decline in investment, global production of photovoltaic (PV) cells grew by 10% in 2012. Europe remains leader in newly installed capacities with over half (51.7%) of the new worldwide capacity of 30 GW. This brought the total solar PV systems capacity in Europe to 69 GW, enough to meet 2.4% of Europe's electricity demand or to power all Italian households.

    Within the EU, Germany remains on top with an additional 7.6 GW.  Italy can now cover over 7% of its electricity demand thanks to newly installed 3.5 GW.

  9. 28 Jul 2014

    Denmark, France, Ireland and Spain have shown strong growth in the past few years, while Hungary appears to be the sole EU country affected by a clear decline of the Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) market.

  10. 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%).