JRC News

  1. 23 Jul 2014

    Together with the Directorate General for Energy, the JRC has recently published the first report measuring the progress of smart meters deployment across the EU against the 80% target by 2020. Member States commitments represent to date, a total potential investment of €45 billion.

    Smart meters are essential for consumers; they allow an accurate billing through the communication between the electricity meters recording the actual consumption and the monitoring utility. They may also facilitate the provision of additional services to consumers.

  2. 8 Jul 2014

    To deepen the knowledge on extraction technologies and practices of unconventional gas and oil and minimise potential health and environment risks, the European Commission today has launched the European science and technology network on unconventional hydrocarbon extraction.

  3. 25 Jun 2014

    The JRC and Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy co-organised a high-level event on scientific support to the Danube Strategy, aiming to foster synergies in economic, environmental and social issues.

  4. 23 Jun 2014

    Active player at ESOF since its first edition in 2004, this year the JRC organises six scientific sessions which illustrate the importance of science for policy and participates in other two. It also presents an exhibit entitled "Soil - the hidden treasure" within the "Science in the City" festival.

  5. 10 Jun 2014

    The JRC and the Slovak Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport are hosting a high level conference discussing research cooperation between the JRC and Slovakia today in Bratislava, with the participation of Dušan Čaplovič, Slovak Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport and Vladimír Šucha, JRC Director-General.

  6. 28 May 2014

    Six companies have received the 2014 European Code of Conduct for Data Centres Award for their respective investment in innovative energy efficient technologies, which have resulted in major reductions in energy use. The winners are UN Support Base, Online SAS, St. Andrews University, T-Systems International, Zen Internet and TISSAT.

  7. 27 May 2014

    The JRC recently published its 2014 edition of the "Smart Grid projects outlook", which presents the most comprehensive database of smart grid and smart metering initiatives up until the first quarter of 2014 across the European Union, Switzerland and Norway. The results can also now be visualised using new interactive, freely available web tools. In this update, more than 450 smart grid projects were identified, accounting for a total investment of €3.15 billion.

  8. 30 Apr 2014

    The JRC and its partners in the JEC Consortium have re-investigated the potential for fuels from renewable sources to achieve the 10% renewable energy target for the EU transport sector by 2020 as mandated by the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). Associated calculations of the greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions as mandated by the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) have also been performed for the different fuel demand scenarios.

  9. 25 Apr 2014

    A recently published article on the impact of hydrogen sensor miniaturisation shows that in some cases the performance of micro-machined sensors is better in comparison to conventional ones, while in others significant degradations may occur. The study was carried out by the JRC in collaboration with the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Québec Trois-Rivières.

  10. 8 Apr 2014

    The second Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Stakeholder Forum was held on 7 and 8 April at the Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology. The event was organised by the JRC and the Commission's Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV), both responsible for the set-up of the Environmental Technology Verification pilot programme.