Press releases

  1. 4 Oct 2011

    The JRC and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) of Brazil have signed a Letter of Intent for closer cooperation. The signature took place on the occasion of the 5th EU-Brazil Summit covering global, regional and bilateral issues.

  2. 28 Sep 2011

    The EU Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed a statistical modelling tool which allows the risk of conflict occurrence in developing countries to be analysed. Combining online news reports with geographical satellite data, the tool establishes a link between natural resources and the risk of conflict. A key advance is the very detailed scale of the data (most being gathered to the square kilometre) and the fact that the modelling is based on the seriousness of the conflicts. When tested, the model successfully identified the correlation between resource-rich areas of land and occurrence of conflict. This approach has potential use in the European Commission's development aid planning and crisis prevention.

  3. 21 Sep 2011

    Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) - the main cause of global warming - increased by 45 % between 1990 and 2010, and reached an all-time high of 33 billion tonnes in 2010. Increased energy efficiency, nuclear energy and the growing contribution of renewable energy are not compensating for the globally increasing demand for power and transport, which is strongest in developing countries.

  4. 5 Sep 2011

    The tenth edition of the JRC PV Status Report indicates that in 2010, the photovoltaic (PV) industry production more than doubled and reached a world-wide production volume of 23.5 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaic modules.

  5. 10 Aug 2011

    Top R&D investing companies based in the EU expect their global research and development (R&D) investments to grow by 5% annually from 2011 to 2013. This is more than double last year's expectations, and represents a significant upturn from the 2.6% R&D cuts in investment implemented by these companies in 2009. The companies surveyed also revealed that an average of 27% of their annual sales comes from innovative products introduced in the past three years, demonstrating again that innovation is the key to commercial success and to job creation.

  6. 29 Jul 2011

    The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has developed three new methods to detect an illegal clouding agent which can be found in sports drinks imported from Taiwan.

  7. 7 Jul 2011

    Intelligent electricity networks – smart grids – are a key component in the EU energy strategy, but substantial investments are needed to make them a reality. A new study from the European Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), presents a review of 219 smart grid projects Europe-wide. The vast majority of investments, amounting to about €5.5 billion, were made in old Member States ("EU15"), while new Member States ("EU12") tend to lag behind.

  8. 29 Jun 2011

    Arranging a cross border emergency rescue, preventing major environmental damage or comparing energy consumption of buildings in different countries will soon be faster and easier thanks to improved data sharing in the EU.

  9. 27 May 2011

    Low-cost catfish fillets sold as expensive sole fillets or cod caught in the North Sea but declared as originating from the Baltic Sea are both examples of types of fraud in the fisheries sector. A European Commission report published today shows how molecular technologies - based on genetics, genomics, chemistry and forensics - can provide clear answers to questions such as "what species does this fish product come from….where was this fish caught….is it wild or farmed?". The report by the Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), is called "Deterring illegal activities in the fisheries sector" and shows how these technologies can help in the fight against illegal practices and support traceability- including of processed products such as canned fish - "from ocean to fork".

  10. 12 Apr 2011

    There are 25 winners from 14 countries across the three categories featured in this year's edition of the energy efficiency awards managed by the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science arm. These award schemes are part of three JRC programmes aiming to encourage organisations in both public and private sectors to cut energy consumption by using innovative and energy efficient technologies. Under the GreenLight programme, the winners include the Delhaize supermarket chain (Belgium), which reduced its annual energy consumption for lighting across more than 130 supermarkets by a total of over 20 000 Megawatt hours (MWh), a 60% reduction. Typically, a household consumes 4 MWh per year. Under GreenBuilding, one of the best refurbishment projects, Alfred Arnold Verladesysteme (Germany), has achieved over 78% energy savings in its office and workshop building, while the new Vasakronan AB Riga 2 office building (Sweden), has pared back consumption to only 40% of that allowed by law. In the third category, Motor Challenge, SATA Fiat group (Italy), obtained energy savings of nearly 15 000 MWh in its production plants (car painting). The three programmes between them save more than 837 000 MWh of electricity each year – roughly equivalent to the total consumption of all households in Luxembourg.