Press releases

  1. 26 May 2015

    Today, the European Commission is launching the European Smart specialisation platform on energy, which will support regions and Member States in using Cohesion Policy funding more effectively for promoting sustainable energy. The Platform will help regions to share their expertise on sustainable energy investments and especially on the deployment of innovative low-carbon technologies.

  2. 4 Nov 2014

    Disruptive technologies can foster the creation of new markets but may generate new challenges before they are brought to real life. A round table discussion organised by the European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), focused on the example of the flying car and explored the role science can play in horizon scanning, regulation and standardisation.

  3. 11 Dec 2013

    The European Commission has adopted the JRC's first Work Programme for 2014-2015 under Horizon 2020, the new EU strategy to boost research and innovation.

    The programme of the Joint Research Centre, the Commission's own science service, is aligned with the European Union's policy priorities, such as overcoming the economic crisis, encouraging the use of renewable energy and tackling climate change, and with other work programmes of the Commission under Horizon 2020.

  4. 30 Sep 2013

    Global production of photovoltaic (PV) cells grew by 10% i 2012 in comparison to 2011 despite a 9% dcline in solar energy investments according to the annual "PV Status Report" released by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. Europe remained a leader in newly installed capacities accounting for 51.7% (6.8 GW) of the 30 GW installed worldwide.

  5. 18 Jul 2013

    The first of the twin centres designed to promote common standards in electric mobility and smart grids on both sides of the Atlantic was today inaugurated near Chicago. Converging standards and interoperability between smart grids and electric vehicles will allow for deeper penetration of renewable energies in the electricity systems, thus facilitating the way to a low-carbon economy. Technology harmonisation will drive product and service innovation in the two world's largest economies and could prove instrumental in establishing global standards for electric mobility.

  6. 15 Jul 2013

    Electrified vehicles will be a key technology for future urban commuting, improving urban air quality and reducing dependence on oil and other fossil fuels. Electro-mobility is part of the alternative fuels mix promoted in the "Clean Power for Transport" legislative package launched by the Commission on 25 January 2013.

  7. 4 Jul 2013

    The European Commission's in house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), and the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU jointly organise today a conference focused on the role of science as a contributor to address the challenges and opportunities of energy security in the Baltic region, oriented to energy production, energy storage, energy transmission and distribution.

  8. 24 Jun 2013

    New facilities are being inaugurated today at the European Solar Test Installation (ESTI), managed by the European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC). The upgraded laboratories allow ESTI to assess the performance of new and improved photovoltaic (PV) devices, to perform pre-normative research and to help develop international standards.

  9. 16 May 2013

    The European Commission and scientists and policy makers from the 14 Danube Region countries have today launched six scientific clusters to support economic development in the region. The six clusters will focus on: water; land & soil; bio-energy; air; data exchange & harmonisation; and smart specialisation. Presented at a high-level meeting in Bratislava today, the clusters will provide scientific evidence to support the Danube Strategy, and will also serve to foster scientific cooperation across the region. The launch event today was attended amongst others by the Slovak Prime Minister H.E. Robert Fico and the Vice President of the European Commission, Maroš Šef ovi (MEMO/13/441).

  10. 8 May 2013

    Five new and five refurbished buildings in 6 European countries have been acknowledged for their energy-saving efforts with the GreenBuilding awards. Buildings are responsible for about 40% of total energy consumption. The winning buildings have saved on average 51% of energy, showing that building could make a key contribution to the EU 2020 energy saving target of 20% energy reduction.