JRC News

  1. 19 Oct 2007

    The first 'virtual path' based on an innovative application of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology opened today in Laveno - Italy. Passive transponders buried in the pavement and a dedicated electronic walking cane safely guide the visually impaired person along the path. The prototype, developed by the JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) is the result of the SESAMONET (SEcure and SAfe MObility NETwork) project.

  2. 5 Aug 2014

    The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), on the request of the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC), is monitoring the current forest fire emergency in Västmanland County, Sweden.

  3. 21 Apr 2015

    Female liver cells, and in particular those in menopaused women, are more susceptible to adverse effects of drugs than their male counterparts, according to new research carried out by the JRC.

  4. 5 Jul 2010

    The "Renewable Energy Snapshots" report, published today by the JRC's Institute for Energy (IE), shows that renewable energy sources accounted for 62% (17GW) of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU27 in 2009. The share rose from 57% in 2008. For the second year running, wind energy accounted for the largest share of the new capacity: 10.2 GW out of the 27.5 GW built, representing 38% of the total. In absolute terms, renewables produced 19.9% of Europe's electricity consumption last year.

  5. 7 Oct 2014

    The JRC has set up the MSFD Competence Centre (MCC) to help EU countries achieve ‘Good Environmental Status’ of their marine waters by 2020, the main aim of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). In achieving this aim, the MSFD seeks to protect the fragile balance of marine ecosystems, upon which many economic and social activities such as fishing or tourism depend.

  6. 14 Aug 2012

    Sulphur dioxide emissions from shipping have sharply decreased in EU ports thanks to stricter EU rules for sulphur content in fuels used by ships at berth or at anchor in ports. JRC scientists measured key air quality parameters in Mediterranean harbours before and after the entry into force of the low-sulphur requirements in January 2010. They found that in the EU harbours Civitavecchia, Savona, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, the concentration of sulphur dioxide had fallen by 66% on average. Sulphur dioxide is one of the main chemicals responsible for formation of acid rain and particulate air pollution, posing risks to health and the environment. Measurements taken in the port of Tunis, where the EU rules do not apply, showed that levels of this noxious substance remained the same.

  7. 15 Jan 2009

    A panel of 14 international experts led by Sir David King, until recently the Chief Science Adviser to the UK Government, has completed an in-depth review of work carried out by the Joint Research Centre from 2002 – 2006 under the Sixth Framework Programme for Research (FP6). Successes identified include the continued provision of scientific and technical services to the European Commission without compromising scientific vitality or integrity, the focusing of the seven research institutes' competencies and facilities on thematic priorities, enhanced researcher training and networking activities and assistance provided to candidates for EU membership in their final steps of the accession process.

  8. 24 Jul 2013

    Six European Union Member States are in the top ten list of the 10 most innovative nations (Sweden (2), United Kingdom (3), Netherlands (4), Finland (6), Denmark (9), Ireland (10)), while Switzerland retained its place atop the rankings in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2013, published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The index was submitted, for the third consecutive year, to an independent statistical audit by the JRC.

  9. 2 Jul 2010

    Despite the growing utilisation of engineered nanomaterials in consumer products and innovative technological applications, there is at present no widely accepted definition of the term "nanomaterial" that is suitable as a basis for legislation on their safe use. Responding to a request of the European Parliament, the JRC published today a reference report entitled "Considerations on a definition of nanomaterial for regulatory purposes".

  10. 7 Jan 2009

    The European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM), part of the JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Production (IHCP), has finalised the evaluation and validation of two further in vitro test methods for chemical substances using human skin cells.