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 3 February 2016, the European Commission launched a competence centre to bring together the policy and scientific expertise available in-house to ensure their highest quality.
Public survey launched following the European Commission's communication in response to the European Citizens' Initiative "Stop Vivisection".
Some of the summer temperatures in this century across much of Europe are likely to have been the warmest of the past 2 000 years, according to a study published today in Environmental Research Letters. The research is a joint effort of a group of 45 scientists from 13 countries, including a JRC expert.
Over a thousand scientists, policymakers and practitioners are gathering in Geneva this week to agree on concrete ways that science and technology can contribute to managing disaster risk and reducing disaster losses, as envisaged by the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction 2015-2030.
A first-time analysis finds that key enabling technologies (KETs) – such as nano electronics or industrial biotechnologies – directly boost EU regions’ growth, particularly those which lag behind in innovation.
The health of the oceans and coastal seas is vital for the future well-being of Europe, and globally. Livelihoods of 3 billion people worldwide are linked to marine and coastal biodiversity. A new report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and the JRC stresses the importance of integrated management of marine and coastal resources to promote their conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way.
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.
An evaluation carried out by the European Commission of the impact of ten pieces of the most relevant EU legislation on petroleum refining shows that the legislation has delivered its objectives and that the costs can be considered proportionate relative to the benefits achieved.
Thanks to tracking data of fishing vessels, it is possible to derive information about the fishing habits of coastal communities and to know, for example, which are the areas where they fish more frequently. This information is crucial to tailor policy and management strategies to boost blue growth.
Electrification of road transport can reduce oil dependency, CO₂ emissions and urban air pollution. To date, most attention has been paid to the use of electric cars; however bicycles and motorcycles can represent an untapped potential in urban areas if deployed on a larger scale. A JRC co-authored article written in cooperation with the Utrecht University and the University of Geneva has evaluated the environmental, economic and social performance of electric bikes and motorcycles.