JRC News

  1. 28 Mar 2014

    How far is Garissa (Kenya) from the nearest transmission line? What does 1KWh photovoltaic energy cost in Goundam (Mali)? These are just two of the many hundreds of inputs needed to analyse which renewable energy technology is most suited to rural electrification in specific locations in Africa.

  2. 26 Mar 2014

    A new version of the Well-to-Wheels Analysis of Future Automotive Fuels and Powertrains in the European Context was published on 25 March by the JRC and its partners in the JEC Consortium.

  3. 18 Mar 2014

    A new study has been published today on the progress in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) estimates of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) from biofuels. The research has been performed by the JRC in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

  4. 20 Feb 2014

    Which energy technology mix allows the EU and national climate and energy targets to be met and at what cost? What cost reductions or performance improvements are needed to make innovative energy technologies competitive? What drives the deployment of different low carbon technologies across the EU?

  5. 7 Feb 2014

    On 22 January, the European Commission issued a Recommendation on minimum principles for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons (such as shale gas) using high volume hydraulic fracturing in order to contribute to bringing clarity and predictability to public authorities, market operators and citizens. It invites Member States to follow minimum principles when applying or adapting their legislation applicable to hydrocarbons exploration or production using high volume hydraulic fracturing.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.  

  8. 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.

  9. 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).

  10. 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.