We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
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.
The JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) is contributing to the European Commission's efforts to encourage the development of media literacy and the exchange of good practice across Europe.
Director of the JRC Institute for Energy (IE) Giovanni De Santi and Prof Józef DubiDski from the Central Mining Institute (GIG), Katowice, Poland have taken the first step towards intensifying the collaboration between the respective Institutes with the signature of a letter of intent. Several thematic areas have been identified for collaboration including:
A collaboration agreement was signed today in Geel, Belgium, between the JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) and the Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory (CSTL) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA). The agreement will advance the development and availability of international measurement standards in the fields of chemistry, life sciences, and emerging technologies.
On 11 December 2007, the European Parliament voted in favor of the new Air Quality Directive, setting new limits to fine particulate matter (PM).
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.
Scientists from the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) and Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) participate to the UN climate change conference from 3 to 14 December in Bali (Indonesia) to present latest scientific research results relevant to climate policy-making at a dedicated JRC side-event and at other events organized by the Commission, and other international organisations.
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.
The JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) has introduced a new set of reference materials for testing maize line MON 810 genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food and feed samples. These will be used by many control laboratories around the EU to measure the content of GMO crops in different samples. The reliability of those testing results is as important for the individual citizen as it is for trade and industry.
The JRC Institute for Prospective Technologies (IPTS) presents today at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bali the report "Global Climate Policy Scenarios for 2030 and beyond". This report's main findings and the scenarios presented in it served as a contribution to the January 2007 Commission Communication: "Limiting Global Climate Change to 2 degree Celsius: The way ahead for 2020 and beyond".