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Growth of R&D investment by EU and non-EU Scoreboard companies Growth of R&D investment by EU and non-EU Scoreboard companies (click to enlarge)
Oct 26 2010

The 2010 EU R&D Industrial Investment Scoreboard is now available. R&D investment by top EU companies fell by 2.6% in 2009, even though sales and profits fell much more, by 10.1% and 21.0% respectively. The fall in R&D investment by leading players in the US, at 5.1%, was twice as sharp as in the EU, but the worldwide reduction was lower, at 1.9%. Japanese firms maintained their level of investment. Companies based elsewhere in Asia - China, India, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan - continued the high R&D growth seen in previous years. Japanese car maker Toyota is the world's biggest R&D investor (€6.8bn) for the second consecutive year. Three EU companies feature in the top ten: Volkswagen, the biggest investor based in Europe with €5.8bn, Nokia and Sanofi-Aventis. The Scoreboard covers the top 1400 companies worldwide.

View of the entrance of the LWL museum of natural history The LWL museum of natural history achieved energy savings of 65% by refurbishing the building
©Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL)
May 08 2013

Energy-saving efforts in ten new and refurbished buildings in 6 European countries (Austria, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Poland, Denmark) have today been recognised with the European Commission's GreenBuilding Awards.

SKY, ENGIE, and Facebook are the winners of the 2017 EU Code of Conduct Award for Energy Efficiency in Data Centres SKY, ENGIE, and Facebook are the winners of the 2017 EU Code of Conduct Award for Energy Efficiency in Data Centres
Jun 07 2017

On 6 June 2017, SKY, ENGIE, and Facebook received the 2017 EU Code of Conduct Award for Energy Efficiency in Data Centres. The ceremony took place during the Datacloud Conference in Monte Carlo, one of the largest conferences dedicated to data centres in Europe.

The Code of Conduct is an independent scheme in the EU to certify that a data centre has adopted energy efficiency best practices. Data centres measure their energy efficiency in Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). The ideal value is 1 PUE, but the average PUE value is around 2.0.

Three coloured square perspex cubes next to each other, with two people in the middle cube. The first Resonances Art & Science festival took place in 2015.
©EU, 2015
May 10 2016

In the spring of 2017, the JRC will organise the next edition of its Resonances Art & Science Festival and Exhibition, and is looking for artists to take part in a preparatory workshop in August 2016.

Aerial view of a flooded town Under the 2°C degree scenario intense rainfalls are projected to increase significantly over the whole continent.
©Fotolia, mb67
Jan 22 2016

A 2°C rise in global temperature is still expected to lead to a significant increase in floods and droughts in many regions of Europe, particularly in southern Europe, Ireland and the UK.

finger pointing at nuclide chart 50 years of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart
Dec 09 2008

The Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart, a form of extended periodic table of the elements that displays all known atoms of any element and their radioactive data, is 50 years old today. To celebrate the occasion, the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) in Karlsruhe is hosting selected guests including Members of European Parliament, politicians and Nobel prizes laureates, for a discussion of its history and use since its creation in 1958. The event will also serve as the launch of a book specially prepared for the chart's anniversary.

Map of Europe Forest Connectivity in the EU (25x25 km2 landscape unit, year 2006)
Feb 27 2013

Forest fragmentation is the process of breaking up forest area into individual patches leading to an increase in forest edge length and to isolation of forest fragments. In Europe, this is mainly caused by human activities such as clearing for roads, agriculture and urban settlements or forest fires.

Alpha-immunotherapy in the laboratory Alpha-immunotherapy in the laboratory
©JRC, 2011
Jul 20 2011

Experts from medicine, biology, chemistry and physics gathered in Berlin on 18 and 19 July for the 7th Symposium on Targeted Alpha Therapy, organised by the JRC's Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) and engineering company Eckert & Ziegler Eurotope GmbH.

The role of scientific advice in policy-making worldwide is growing The role of scientific advice in policy-making worldwide is growing
Jul 03 2010

The JRC and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have issued a call to scientists and policy-makers for integrity, openness, clarity and public engagement. Representatives from both organisations made the plea on 3 July at a session of Euroscience Open Forum 2010 in Turin, Italy. The recommendations reflect the findings of a workshop last fall at the JRC’s Ispra site where 21 high-profile science and technology leaders gathered to discuss the use and misuse of science in policy-making. The specialists, each with pertinent experience in real-life scientific support to policy-making, offered advice on best practices and pitfalls in science policy on both sides of the Atlantic.

EU Map of R&D projects Total investments in electric car R&D projects per component co-funded by Member States and the EU (the pie chart shows total budget of projects co-funded by the EU)
©EU, 2103
Jul 15 2013

A JRC report on research, development and demonstration (R,D&D) projects on electric cars in the EU, with a total budget of €1.9 billion (65% from public funding), finds that increased exchange of information and more coordination between projects would result in a better leverage of the investments. The report "Paving the way to electrified road transport – Publicly funded research, development, and demonstration projects on electric and plug-in cars in Europe", lists more than 320 projects covering the period 2007-2015 which received EU or national public funding, and with a total budget of more than €1 million.