As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.
Today, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn inaugurated new laboratory and office space at the JRC's site in Ispra (Northern Italy). This marks an important milestone in the renewal of the Commission's third biggest site after Brussels and Luxembourg.
The new more environment-friendly and energy-efficient infrastructure will replace many unsustainable scattered buildings and lead to a 6% energy saving of the JRC site in Ispra. Bringing together around 450 scientists in one place, the new infrastructure will facilitate multi-disciplinary work and exchange of ideas.
This investment is a clear sign of the commitment to meet the ambitious targets  that Europe has set for increased energy efficiency, increased share of renewables and reduction of greenhouse gases by 2020.
The new structure shows that the JRC is leading in the application of advanced environment-friendly methods and technologies. A heat pump integrated with the existing waste water treatment plant and photovoltaic panels will contribute to achieving the 20-20-20 targets.
The new facility also strengthens the JRC's capability to deliver top-level scientific advice for policy-making and enhances the JRC's support to Horizon 2020, the EU strategy to boost research and innovation that will be launched at the end of this year.