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Share of renewables in the EU's energy consumption for 2016 and breakdown of the bioenergy contribution
Jan 28 2019

A new brief prepared by the JRC shows that energy produced from biomass represented 59% of the EU's renewable energy consumption (and 10% of all energy sources) in 2016. Bioenergy is helping the EU to meet its target of 20% renewable energy by 2020. Consumption is expected to increase as the EU works towards its 2030 targets. Bioenergy is also expected to have a key contribution to the EU's 2050 long-term strategy.

Jul 18 2018

The JRC released a new batch of a certified reference material (CRM) - ERM®-EF318k - consisting of gas oil that contains the Euromarker Solvent Yellow 124 to prevent taxation fraud. This CRM is highly requested, as it is essential for checking the proper use of energy fuel products within the European Union.

According to Council Directive 95/60/EC , all gas oil and kerosene products in Europe are taxed at a rate different from those used as propellants.

Li-ion batteries can still be useful as low-cost energy storage after their first use in electric vehicles.
Jul 10 2018

Li-ion batteries can still be useful as low-cost energy storage after their first use in electric vehicles.

The research project LibforSecUse aims to develop secure procedures and supporting metrological infrastructures to measure Li-ion batteries residual capacity.

Such procedures are needed to test if it is economically and ecologically reasonable to use large numbers of used Li-ion batteries as energy storage.

Signature of a Collaboration Agreement between JRC and EGVIA
Jul 17 2015

On 16 July, in Brussels, JRC and the European Green Vehicles Initiative Association (EGVIA) formalised a collaboration to advance methodologies for testing traction batteries for electric vehicles. 


Rapeseed-based biodiesel certified reference material ERM®-EF001
Sep 24 2014

The JRC-IRMM releases the first rapeseed based biodiesel certified reference material, giving laboratories the possibility to demonstrate their proficiency with many of the methods for analysis of biodiesel as listed in the European standard EN 14214.

Jun 27 2013

Vehicles using a variable mixture of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and hydrogen (H2) could reduce certain pollutant emissions by more than 80% in comparison to petrol-driven cars, according to the JRC report 'Evaluation of a Euro 4 vehicle with various blends of CNG/H2-fuel'.

Jun 13 2013

The aerospace sector is likely to tap into the automotive hydrogen fuel cell technology in the years to come, according to an article co-authored by the JRC and the European Space Agency (ESA) in the scientific journal Acta Astronautica. The article examines the current hydrogen activities in the terrestrial and aerospace industries, highlighting potential performance improvements and cost savings.

Nov 19 2009

Nature's capacity to provide vital services and functions such as freshwater, benign climate and natural ecosystems for recreational activities is often cheaper to sustain than having to invest in technological solutions to compensate for lost functions. Protecting and restoring biodiversity is also an essential step in the transition to a more sustainable economy and protecting ecosystems can be a very cost effective measure to this purpose. This is confirmed by a report to policy makers presented by The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) project, a major independent global study providing an economic angle to an environmental topic.

Nov 13 2009

A new test protocol for non-road mobile machinery (NRMM), developed by scientists at the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) in cooperation with experts from the United States and Japan, has been adopted as a global technical regulation by the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29).