Press releases

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 14 Aug 2012

    Sulphur dioxide emissions from shipping have sharply decreased in EU ports thanks to an EU policy which limits sulphur content in fuels for ships at berth or at anchor in ports. Scientists at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre measured key air quality parameters in Mediterranean harbours before and after the entry into force of the low-sulphur requirements in January 2010. In European harbours they found an average decrease of 66% i concentrations of sulphur dioxide, a chemical compound that poses risks to health and the environment. Measurements taken in a non-EU port showed that levels of this noxious substance remained the same.

  5. 30 Nov 2011

    Washington, 29 November – At the Transatlantic Economic Council meeting the Director-General of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has signed a Letter of Intent for closer cooperation with the US Department of Energy (DoE) on e-mobility and smart grids.

  6. 20 Dec 2010

    Maritime transport causes about 4% of global man-made CO2 emissions which makes its carbon footprint approximately as high as Germany's. There is no regulation of international maritime transport emissions yet, but this is currently under discussion in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In respect of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, shipping is the most environmentally-friendly mode of transport. However, if no action is taken, it is estimated that emissions from ships will increase by 150-200% by 2050. At present, around 50,000 merchant ships transport 90% of global goods and make maritime transport indispensable for the world economy. A report published today by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), provides the first comprehensive overview of methodologies for estimating air emissions from shipping, describes technological solutions and analyses policy options for reducing carbon emissions and air pollution in this sector.

  7. 20 Mar 2007

    The European Commission today launches two new research projects looking to address the issue of sustainable transport. The first, TRAENVIA, will assess and compare the environmental and socio-economic impact of difference transport modes along the extended Trans-European Corridor V, running from Lisbon to Kiev. The second is the "Collaborative Research Project for Air Pollution Reduction in Lombardia" which will focus on particulate matter and emission remediation options for that region of Italy. Both projects are coordinated by the Commission's in-house scientific service, DG Joint Research Centre and are part of the Commission's efforts to contribute to improved air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The two projects will be launched during a conference on "Transport and Environment: A Global Challenge – Technological and Policy Solutions" which takes place in Milan on 19-21 March.