JRC research topics

The JRC carries out research in a wide variety of fields. Located across five sites throughout the EU, seven research institutes work in the areas of agriculture and food security, energy and transport, environment and climate change, health and consumer protection, information society, safety and security, innovation and growth, measurements and standards, and nuclear safety and security.

  1. The JRC supports the EU’s initiative to reduce waste and preserve limited resources by for example, assessing waste streams with a potential for being used in other processes, conducting end-of-waste studies – generating the first end-of-waste criteria – and working on improving materials resource management.


    Science Areas: Environment and climate change, Innovation and growth
    Keywords: efficiency, environment, waste
  2. The JRC supports numerous pieces of European legislation regarding water. This includes research on water quality and quantity, contamination, irrigation, and preservation of marine and freshwater ecosystems. In addition, it fosters sustainable management of water resources within Europe (such as in the Danube region) and on a global scale through the sharing of best practices and technology transfer.


    Science Areas: Environment and climate change
    Keywords: water
  3. The JRC provides scientific support to the implementation of European policies that aim to ensure the preservation of freshwater ecosystems through ecological assessment, modelling expertise and studies addressing biodiversity loss.


    Science Areas: Environment and climate change
    Keywords: water, biodiversity
  4. With its expertise and broad scientific networks, the JRC supports sustainable management of water resources, from the Danube region and the Mediterranean to Latin America and Africa.


    Science Areas: Environment and climate change
    Keywords: water, governance