JRC News

  1. 24 Jan 2014

    The European Commission published a Communication this week setting out the new 2030 framework with the revised climate and energy targets for a competitive, secure and low-carbon EU economy. A binding reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 40% below the 1990 level and an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27% are the pillars of the updated framework. The Commission also suggested reforming the European Union Emission Trading System (ETS) with the establishment of a market stability reserve.

  2. 23 Jan 2014

    A recent JRC study, published in GCB Bioenergy, shows that electricity from straw-fired plants can achieve 70 to 94% greenhouse gas (GHG) savings, compared both with existing coal plants and with the European electricity mix. However, GHG emissions are not the only environmental impact of bioenergy, which is why its sustainability should be evaluated on a broader spectrum of impacts.  

  3. 16 Jan 2014

    Which demographic, economic, political and social factors are important for developing lead markets of electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, both potential breakthrough technologies for a more sustainable future transport system? Several JRC studies revealed that infrastructure availability, privileged access to dedicated lanes, parking facilities, adapted city centres, commuting behaviour, the environmental footprint and fuel cost savings are important drivers.

  4. 13 Dec 2013

    A geo-economic analysis, identifying the least-cost rural electrification options for sub-Saharan Africa which could bring an end to the persistent energy poverty, was recently presented in an article published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. JRC scientists carried out their research in collaboration with colleagues from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

  5. 20 Nov 2013

    The Electric Vehicle Radar (EV-radar), an innovative tool providing information on electric vehicle R&D projects in Europe has been launched by the JRC at the 27th International Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition (EVS 27) in Barcelona (Spain). Via a large interactive touchscreen users can select project information either via a 3-dimensional car in which each key component is visible, or by geographical locations in the EU.

  6. 13 Nov 2013

    Spurred by a renewed interest in power storage, the JRC provided several recommendations in a recently published report on how to improve assessing the economic value of storing electricity. Drafted in cooperation with the R&D department of Electricité de France (EDF), it presents an overview of the current research on the economic drivers or barriers (such as high costs, restrictions to offer certain services) for electricity storage.

  7. 29 Oct 2013

    How involved are consumers in the future electricity system? What do they know about 'smart grids', electricity networks where electric power and communication not only flows from supplier to consumer, but also the other way round? The incorporation of new information and communication technologies in the electricity network will turn the consumers - traditionally passive end-users - into active players.

  8. 27 Sep 2013

    With the close cooperation of the US mission to the EU, the JRC organised a high-level meeting on Thursday 26 September in order to examine the scientific potential to support eco-industries and technologies on both sides of the Atlantic.

  9. 28 Aug 2013

    Enabling owners to charge their electric-drive vehicle (EDV) at home, while parked in a garage or at the kerbside, is a key factor in promoting their diffusion, while smartly managed and planned recharging time and rates would mitigate the need for expansion of the electricity grid and generation capacity. These are the main findings of a JRC report analysing the probable load on the electricity network by drivers recharging their electric cars in different probable scenarios.

  10. 14 Aug 2013

    With their overview of international polymer-electrolyte fuel cell (PEMFC) test procedures, the JRC, together with the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) of the US Department of Energy (DoE), made the first step towards global harmonisation of testing protocols.