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.
As the European Commission publishes a communication on progress in establishing battery manufacturing in Europe, we look at the JRC's recent work in support of the EU Battery Alliance.
Low-emission mobility is an essential component of the broader shift to the low-carbon, circular economy needed for Europe to stay competitive and be able to cater to the mobility needs of people and goods.
Transport represents almost a quarter of Europe's greenhouse gas emissions and is the main cause of air pollution in cities.
A contract has just been signed for the delivery of two new state-of-the-art emission testing facilities at JRC Ispra. The new laboratories will carry out the compliance checks under the new European Type Approval framework.
The Joint Research Centre has published a new guidance to help competent authorities in Member States regulate emissions to air and water from about 55 000 large industrial installations across Europe.
The guidance also contains useful information for operators of these installations, and will facilitate development of new or improved environmental standards in the future.
A study published in Nature Climate Change suggests a way forward for reconciling the different methods currently used to measure land-based greenhouse gas emissions, addressing a limit also acknowledged in the IPCC special report on 1.5oC, published on 8 October 2018.
The Paris Agreement calls for global warming to be limited to "well below 2oC" and for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission “neutrality” to be achieved by the second half of this century.
The financial and economic crisis that started in 2007 was felt across the EU but its impact was uneven.
A new JRC report looks at what made some countries more resilient than others, and concludes that mere 'shock absorption' may not be the only possible or best strategy looking forward.
Instead, adaptation and transformation has helped some countries use the crisis as an opportunity.