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.
The JRC played host to award-winning young scientists from the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) and Jugend Forscht programmes over the past week.
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.
The European Commission set out today the next steps for integrated maritime surveillance across the EU, focusing on improved information exchange between military and civilian authorities and further cross-border and cross-sectoral cooperation. The JRC has provided scientific and technical support throughout the process of developing the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the surveillance of the EU maritime domain.
JRC analysis looking into some of the key uncertainties related to the main global agricultural commodities has contributed to the publication of the annual OECD–FAO 2014 Agricultural Outlook for the period 2014-2023, released today.
Childhood obesity is a growing problem with nearly one in three children in Europe being overweight. With the first comprehensive assessment of school food policies in Europe, the JRC has made an important contribution to the European Commission's efforts to address this issue.
A JRC report on precision agriculture shows its significance in meeting the food demands of a growing population, as well as ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
The JRC and the Cyprus Institute hosted an official signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to further strengthen the collaboration of the JRC with Cyprus. The MoU specifies advancing science, technology and innovation in fields of mutual interest including environment, climate change, energy, water and technological advances and standardisation in cultural heritage preservation.
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.
Denmark, France, Ireland and Spain have shown strong growth in the past few years, while Hungary appears to be the sole EU country affected by a clear decline of the Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) market.
JRC analysis of EU human settlements, land-use and resource efficiency, as well as modelling work addressing options for urban and regional development have fed into the 6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion, released on 23 July by the European Commission.