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.
A JRC study shows that there are no systemic barriers to using the euro in international trade. However, for historic reasons some sectors, such as oil or aviation, traditionally invoice in US dollars.
A new JRC report presents, for the first time, a wealth of policy interventions informed by behavioural insights in 32 European countries and calls for greater exchange of practice.
A new statistical technique, analysing data records since measuring started 150 years ago, independently confirms that man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions have led to global warming.
A new website to monitor the pace of research and innovation within the EU, providing data and analyses at both national and EU level, is now online.
On 16 February the Commission adopted a package on the security of supply, including a legislative proposal, a strategy for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas storage, as well as a strategy on heating and cooling.
Vladimír Šucha, JRC Director-General, shared the stage with Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister, and Daniel Sarewitz, from the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University (USA).
Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season.
The JRC released two certified reference materials (CRMs) that will ensure the quality of results from testing toxic trace elements in plastics used for electric and electronic equipment. The two are upgraded versions of previous CRMs and are now able to identify – besides lead, cadmium, mercury and chromium – also six other elements. This will support the implementation of EU legislation which requires limiting those compounds to ensure the protection of consumers and the environment.
In its role as photovoltaic reference laboratory, JRC’s ESTI facility based in Italy recently underwent an external assessment by the Italian National Accreditation body (ACCREDIA) composed of a team of international assessors to verify its implementation of the International guide for reference laboratories ( ISO 17025).
An article by JRC scientists published today in Science, reveals that the biophysical effects of forest losses substantially affect the local climate by altering the average temperature and even more the maximum summer temperatures and the diurnal and annual variations. These effects are most obvious in arid zones, followed by temperate, tropical and boreal zones.