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  1. Sustainable Product Policy

    The JRC supports the implementation of European sustainable product policies such as EU Ecolabel, Green Public Procurement, Eco-design of Energy-Related Products (ErP),and Energy Label. Its main tasks are: providing all technical, economic and environment ...

    30 April 2014

  2. Green and resource-efficient Europe

    Transitioning to a green and resource-efficient economy is seen to be a key step towards a sustainable, reindustrialised Europe. The development of a circular economy that is both socially inclusive and environmentally responsible requires systemic change ...

    30 April 2014

  3. Energy efficiency

    Improving the efficiency with which energy is consumed by end-users is a central theme of the European Union's energy policy. Energy efficiency is one of the fastest and most cost effective ways to reduce CO 2 emissions, contribute to energy security ...

    30 April 2014

  4. Input-output economics

    Sustainable Production and Consumption can only be addressed by giving due consideration to economic, social and environmental variables. Policies and measures oriented to support growth and employment must be compatible with long-term sustainability and ...

    30 April 2014

  5. Sustainable production: best available techniques

    Industrial production processes account for a considerable share of the overall pollution in Europe. The EU has a set of common rules for permitting and controlling industrial installations described in the Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU (IED). ...

    30 April 2014

  6. Waste and recycling

    Today more than ever, the European Commission is working hard to preserve our limited resources. In 2004, it launched the Thematic Strategy on Prevention and Recycling of Waste. This long-term strategy aims at helping Europe to become a recycling society ...

    30 April 2014

  7. Sustainable production and consumption

    Sustainable development stands for meeting the needs of present generations without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Social, economic and environmental issues are inseparable and interdependent. The EU has mainstream ...

    30 April 2014

  8. Best environmental management practice

    Organisations of all sizes and kinds have a large scope for improving their environmental performance. With motivations ranging from eco-efficiency to reputation and concerns about the sustainability of their business, many organisations try to reduce the ...

    30 April 2014

  9. International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Data Network- Management of UUID and version number of data sets

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report providing the technical provisions for assigning and managing Universally Unique Identifiers (UUID) and version numbers of International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD)-formatted data sets, as well as s ...

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  10. Tourism Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): Proposal of a New Methodological Framework for Sustainable Consumption and Production

    Article detailing the proposal of a new methodological framework for sustainable production and consumption with regards to tourism Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Tourism has become an important part of modern life styles, besides being one of the largest a ...

    30 April 2014

  11. Decoupling economic growth from carbon dioxide emissions: A decomposition analysis of Italian energy consumption

    Article presenting a decomposition analysis, used to investigate the main factors influencing the CO 2, the CH 4 and the N 2 O emissions of Italian transport activities for the period 1995-2003. A decomposition analysis is used to investigate the main fac ...

    30 April 2014

  12. Science at the core of eco-industry- some JRC examples

    JRC's scientific and technical support to policy-making is directly relevant to eco-industries. This industry sector focuses on measuring, preventing, limiting or correcting environmental damage to water, air, soil and ecosystems, and works with rene ...

    30 April 2014

  13. JRC Newsletter May/June 2013

    In this issue: Editorial by Sean Sherlock T.D., Irish Minister for Research & Innovation Cover story: Spotlight on Africa's forgotten life source: first Soil Atlas In the news: €1.8 billion invested in smart grids projects in Europe, EURL ECVAM r ...

    30 April 2014

  14. JRC Newsletter March/April 2013

    In this issue: Editorial by Amalia Sartori, MEP and chairwoman of the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee. Cover story: Measuring global pollution and resource use footprint In the news: Bioeconomy observatory to map progress towards a post-pet ...

    30 April 2014

  15. R&D Investment in the Priority Technologies of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan

    The present report estimates the current R&D investments in selected low-carbon energy technologies in the EU-27 funded by the Member States, through the 6th EU Research and Euratom Framework Programmes and by companies with headquarters registered in ...

    30 April 2014

  16. Impact of High Pressure Hydrogen Atmosphere on the Mechanical Properties of Haynes 282 Superalloy

    Haynes 282 alloy is a newly developed nickel-base superalloy, with properties focussed on high creep strength, thermal stability, good weldability and fabricability, which might qualify it as a substitute for established materials like Hastelloy-X or Rene ...

    30 April 2014

  17. Measuring Uncertainties in Composite Indicators of Sustainability

    Composite indicators are very common in economic and business statistics for benchmarking the relative progress of countries in a variety of policy domains such as industrial competitiveness, sustainable development, globalisation and innovation. This art ...

    30 April 2014

  18. Renewed Interest in Lead Cooled Fast Reactors

    In the last few years a number of compact designs of lead-alloy cooled systems have been promoted. Moreover, in Russia a design effort was started earlier on the pure lead-cooled BREST reactor but this effort does not appear to be strongly funded any more ...

    30 April 2014

  19. Global Climate Policy Scenarios for 2030 and beyond- Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Pathway Scenarios with the POLES and GEM-E3 Models

    The European Union is committed to limiting the global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100. In 2007, the European Commission published a Communication on 'Limiting Global Climate Change to 2 degrees Celsius: the way ahead for 2 ...

    30 April 2014

  20. Outdoor Characterisation of High Efficiency Luminescent Solar Concentrators

    This work presents recent results on outdoor characterisation of high efficiency luminescent solar concentrators. Outdoor measurements at 25?C and corrected to 1000 W/m2 have been compared with indoor characterization according to the international standa ...

    30 April 2014

  21. White Certificates for the Transport Sector- an Opportunity Not Taken?

    A lot of policy interest and analysis has been focussed on savings obligations imposed on energy market actors (mainly electricity and gas distributors or suppliers), coupled possibly with trading of certified energy savings or of savings obligations. Whi ...

    30 April 2014

  22. UNEP-SETAC guideline on global land use impact assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services in LCA

    Purpose: As a consequence of the multi-functionality of land, the impact assessment of land use in Life Cycle Impact Assessment requires the modelling of several impact pathways covering biodiversity and ecosystem services. To provide consistency amongst ...

    30 April 2014

  23. Best Practice Application of LCM by Retailers to Improve Product Supply Chain Sustainability

    Retailers are strategically positioned to leverage environmental improvement across product supply chains. This paper condenses retailer best practice into a proposed framework for systematic supply chain improvement based on eight Best Environmental Mana ...

    30 April 2014

  24. Comparison of Environmental Impact and External Cost Assessment Methods

    Background, Aim and Scope. Impact assessment can be completed with the help of Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) as a part of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and External Cost Assessment methods. These methods help for project and product classification ...

    30 April 2014

  25. Guidebook "How to Develop a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP)"

    The purpose of the present guidebook is to help the Covenant of Mayors signatories to reach the commitments they have taken by signing the Covenant, and in particular to prepare within the year following their official adhesion a Baseline Emission Invento ...

    30 April 2014