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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.
A new reference document will help competent authorities in the EU to ensure safety and lower the environmental impact from the management of waste from extractive industries.
It applies to around 10,000 permitted extractive waste facilities.
The JRC just released a report clarifying the key concepts and terms used in the European Commission's nanomaterial definition. This will support stakeholders for the correct implementation of legislation making reference to the definition.
The JRC has signed a Research Framework Arrangement (RFA) with the University of Hohenheim in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. With this, both organisations set the basis for cooperation in bioeconomy, global food security and ecosystems, health sciences and digital transformation, as well as innovation research.
JRC scientists have started investigating how chemical substances migrate from cattle manure to water. The research aims at minimising contamination risks in the context of circular economy.
JRC scientists have developed and tested a new methodology to investigate the fate of chemical substances, in particular pharmaceuticals as well as other anti-microbial agents, administered to cattle.
The methodology stems from an exploratory research project which addressed the so-called "Circularity of Risks" linked to the reuse of materials and recycling in the circular economy.
Companies in the European Union have increased their investment in research and development (R&D) for the eighth consecutive year.
In 2017, they invested 5.5% more in R&D activities than the year before. This growth is driven by the automobile, health and ICT sectors.
In a telling sign of an ever more dynamic global technological race, the top 2500 industrial players worldwide increased their R&D investment by 8.3% last year.
The raw materials sector is showing some encouraging signs of development and recovery, but more efforts are needed to diversify supply and increase use of secondary materials.
Raw materials are fundamental for many sectors of the economy, including the automotive, electronic, and manufacturing industries.
In the EU, over 24.6 million jobs currently depend on the secure supply of raw materials.
Population growth, urbanisation and decarbonisation drive raw materials consumption.
With the coming electric vehicle boom demand for cobalt is expected to exceed supply already in 2020.