We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Research in energy and transport areas is vital to ensure a sustainable future of our planet in general and a low-carbon economy in particular. The aim of research in these fields is to support the European Commission's Energy Union strategy to make energy more secure, affordable and sustainable, and foster sustainable and efficient transport in Europe.
In order to face future challenges, JRC research includes experimental studies on ways to integrate renewable energy sources into the power grid. It also investigates the grid interoperability with, for example ICT and transport systems.
With its models and analyses, the JRC has contributed to the Commission's 2030 Climate and Energy Package that helps Europe reduce dependency on imports of gas and oil, boost its green technology industry and sustainable growth. For example our scientists analysed the broader economic impacts of the tighter greenhouse gas emissions' reduction targets, covering the interactions between the economy, the energy system and the environment. Research on the transport system focuses on transport emission and their impact on the environment.
The JRC has dedicated laboratories that focus on emission control and related impacts on ecosystems, as well as scientific tools that allow this research to be carried out efficiently and databases of information relevant to all aspects of energy and transport.