The JRC supports a range of EU policy areas related to soil, including assessment of soil resources, agriculture and food security and addressing soil protection measures.
The JRC supports the European Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection, addressing areas such as erosion, contamination, compaction, landslides and loss of soil biodiversity and organic matter.
The JRC uses space technologies to address disaster risk reduction and to support the response and reconstruction phase after a disaster.
The Eurocodes are standards for the construction sector which aim to increase the safety of buildings in the face of natural and man-made hazards. The JRC supports their design, monitors their implementation and contributes to organising practical workshops, important for their implementation.
The EU is the largest provider of external aid in the world. It is therefore essential that information on aid funding by various donors is easily available and comparable. The JRC has developed EU Aid Explorer, a web based tool that facilitates the sharing of aid funding data from multiple sources.
JRC research in the area of structural materials for nuclear applications allows for the safe long-term operation of current nuclear reactors and the next generation of nuclear power plants.
Surveillance research at the JRC supports EU security policies ensuring at the same time individuals right to privacy.
The JRC evaluates the effectiveness of climate policies, focusing on cost-analysis and environmental impact. It also specifically addresses the sustainability of biofuels and assists the Covenant of Mayors initiative, which brings together local and regional European authorities willing to increase their energy efficiency and promote use of renewable energies.
The JRC provides monitoring expertise including satellite data and geospatial management systems in order to support African, Carribean and Pacific (ACP) countries in sustainably managing their ecosystems. These activities fall within the framework of the EU’s development policy targets.