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Aug 05 2013

The European Commission has launched a consultation to gather views for the first review of the Annexes I and II of the Groundwater Directive . The annexes contain Europe-wide environmental quality standards for pollutants, a minimum list of pollutants and indicators for which Member States should consider establishing threshold values, guidelines for the establishment of threshold values, and information to be provided by Member States on those pollutants and indicators.

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Aug 05 2013

JRC-IRMM has released ERM-DB001, a new human hair material certified for the mass fraction of the total content of As, Cd, Cu, Fe, Hg, Pb, Se and Zn at the mg/kg range.

Water treatment plant at JRC-Ispra Water treatment plant at JRC-Ispra
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Aug 01 2013

JRC-IRMM has released ERM-CA713, a new wastewater certified reference material, developed in support of the Water Framework Directive (WFD, 2000/60/EC).

Illustration: Man pushing trolleys Retailers could minimise their direct and indirect impact on the environment through the best practices suggested by the JRC.
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Jul 31 2013

An extensive set of best environmental management practices (BEMPs) has been identified and analysed by the JRC to allow organisations within the retail trade sector to minimise their direct and indirect impact on the environment. In its comprehensive report, the JRC describes several techniques, measures and actions to improve the energy performance, the sustainability of the supply chain, transport and logistics, waste and water management, and to influence consumer behaviour and consumption.

Net deforestation map Net deforestation between 1990 and 2000. The circle size is proportional to the surface affected by deforestation in each sample of 100 km².
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Jul 29 2013

In the years 2000-2010, Africa's deforestation was reduced to half in comparison to the period 1990-2000, according to a JRC article in the special-themed issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B on Africa's rainforests, co-edited by the JRC.

Jul 25 2013

The US Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre signed a new implementation arrangement on 17 July 2013 during the Transatlantic Week held in Washington.

The Global Innovation Index 2013 logo. The Global Innovation Index 2013 logo.
Jul 24 2013

Six European Union Member States are in the top ten list of the 10 most innovative nations (Sweden (2), United Kingdom (3), Netherlands (4), Finland (6), Denmark (9), Ireland (10)), while Switzerland retained its place atop the rankings in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2013, published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The index was submitted, for the third consecutive year, to an independent statistical audit by the JRC.

Picture of speakers during the event From left to right: Jos Delbeke, Aleksandras Spruogis, Dominique Ristori, Detlef Dauke, and Philip Lowe at the 'Scientific support to capacity markets and the integration of renewable energy' roundtable.
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Jul 22 2013

In the context of the European Forum for Science and Industry, the JRC has organised the 'Energy Transition from a European perspective', a high-level roundtable discussion on how science can support the capacity markets and the integration of renewable energy.

Jul 19 2013

The IRMM is renewing the appointment of experts for Certification Advisory Panels (CAPs), which participate in the review process during the certification of reference materials.

VELA e-vehicule testing. Testing of e-vehicle. JRC has upgraded its facilities to study the static and dynamic behaviours of evolving power grids integrating more renewables, electric vehicles, dispersed energy resources and storage.
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Jul 18 2013

The first of the twin centres designed to promote common standards in electric mobility and smart grids on both sides of the Atlantic was today inaugurated near Chicago. Converging standards and interoperability between smart grids and electric vehicles will allow for deeper penetration of renewable energies in the electricity systems, thus facilitating the way to a low-carbon economy. Technology harmonisation will drive product and service innovation in the two world's largest economies and could prove instrumental in establishing global standards for electric mobility.