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  1. Integrated sustainability assessments

    Sustainability science is a solution-oriented discipline that studies the complex relationship between nature and humankind, conciliating the mutually influenced scientific and social reference paradigms, and covering multi-temporal and spatial scales. Th ...

    30 April 2014

  2. Sustainability of climate policies

    In addition to carrying out cost analyses, the overall environmental effectiveness of climate change policies, including low-carbon and carbon-free energy technologies investments, must be assessed. The JRC contributes to the EC Flagship Initiatives Resou ...

    30 April 2014

  3. The Congo Basin Forests- State of the Forests 2010

    Book presenting the state of the Congo basin forests in 2010, concerning the deforestation patterns, the trends in forest sustainable management and the threats to biodiversity. The forests of Central Africa are the subject of intense debate worldwide. Th ...

    30 April 2014

  4. The obligation of sustainable fisheries management: Review of endured failures and challenges in exploitation of the living sea

    Book chapter reviewing fisheries management towards sustainablity. book chapter review of fisheries management towards sustainablity RAETZ Hans-Joachim 2012 Articles in books Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen Agriculture and food se ...

    30 April 2014

  5. Les Forêts du Bassin du Congo- Etat des Forêts 2010 [The Congo Basin forests- State of the Forests 2010]

    Les forêts du bassin du Congo couvrent 200 millions d’hectares au cœur du continent africain. Tout à la fois, elles représentent la ressource quotidienne de 60 millions de personnes, produisent des moyens financiers pour les Etats de la région par l’explo ...

    30 April 2014

  6. Sustaining forest landscape connectivity under different land cover change scenarios

    Article presenting the results of a a case study on sustaining forest landscape connectivity under different land cover change scenarios. Managing forest landscapes to sustain functional connectivity is considered one of the key strategies to counteract t ...

    30 April 2014

  7. Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF)- North Sea and Kattegat scoping for mixed fisheries (STECF-12-04)

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report, providing an evaluation of status of stocks and fisheries in the North Sea and Kattegat. This document forms a report of work in progress of STECF EWG 12-02 which met in Rostock, Germany to provide an evaluati ...

    30 April 2014

  8. International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Data Network- Compliance rules and entry-level requirements

    JRC Scientific and Technical report identifying the documents/sources for the implementation of the quality, method, nomenclature, review and documentation compliance rules of the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Data Network. The Int ...

    30 April 2014

  9. Science for the environment

    A spotlight on the activities of the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability in 2008-2009. (June 2010) 2010 Brochures Environment and climate change environment sustainability climate IES jrc_ies_brochure_2009.pdf ...

    30 April 2014

  10. 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

  11. Methodological Considerations on Regional Sustainability Assessment based on Multicriteria and Sensitivity Analysis

    This paper proposes the use of a non-compensatory multicriteria approach combined with sensitivity analysis for constructing composite indicators of sustainability. An illustrative example on Spanish and selected Mediterranean regions is used. The sensiti ...

    30 April 2014

  12. Measuring European Environmental Policy Performance

    In democratic societies, citizens have the right to know whether their elected representatives address environmental problems successfully or not. Voters can judge their governments' economic performance by looking at GDP growth and unemployment rate ...

    30 April 2014

  13. Impacts of the EU Biofuel Target on Agricultural Markets and Land Use- A Comparative Modelling Assessment

    The Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) requires that 20% of the EU's energy needs should come from renewable sources by 2020, and includes a target for the transport sector of 10% from biofuels. This report analyses and discusses the global impa ...

    30 April 2014

  14. 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

  15. Biofuels: a New Methodology to Estimate GHG Emissions Due to Global Land Use Change- A methodology involving spatial allocation of agricultural land demand, calculation of carbon stocks and estimation of N2O emissions

    This study provides a new methodology developed by the JRC IES and IE for estimating changes in soil carbon stocks and GHG emissions resulting from global land use changes caused by the production of biofuels. The first part of this work describes the met ...

    30 April 2014

  16. Mass-Movement Causes: Overloading--

    Overloading or the excessive addition of a surcharge load or external load on a hillslope section is one of the external factors influencing slope stability. Although overloading occurs under natural conditions such as vegetation growth, persistent precip ...

    30 April 2014

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. Indirect Land Use Change From Increased Biofuels Demand- Comparison of Models and Results for Marginal Biofuels Production from Different Feedstocks

    This study compares the ILUC results produced by different economic models for marginal increases in biofuel production from different feedstocks. The work is the result of a survey of marginal calculations launched by the JRC-IE during 2009, involving so ...

    30 April 2014

  20. 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

  21. The Effects of Increased Demand for Biofuels Feedstocks on the World Agricultural Markets and Areas- Outcomes of a Workshop- 10-11 February 2010, Ispra (Italy)

    This study is performed under request of DG CLIMA, in support to the preparation of the policy proposal on the assessment of the effects of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC). Agro-economic models are used to provide estimates of how much cropland area incre ...

    30 April 2014

  22. From science to support decision making: recommendations and challenges in Life Cycle Impact Assessment

    In the last years, several methodologies have been developed for Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) and some efforts have been made towards their harmonisation. In this context, JRC led a?science to decision support? process which resulted in the Interna ...

    30 April 2014

  23. International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook: Review schemes for Life Cycle Assessment

    Quality and consistency of life cycle based decision support are essential in public policy and business context. Those can and should be supported by `critical review? of underlying data and of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies themselves. A review ass ...

    30 April 2014

  24. Critical Issues in Estimating ILUC Emissions- Outcomes of an Expert Consultation

    Under request of DG ENER and CLIMA, the JRC organised in November 2010 an expert consultation, grouping world-recognised academics and experts in the field on Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) effects caused by increased use of biofuels. This consultation a ...

    30 April 2014

  25. Supporting Environmentally Sound Decisions for Bio-waste Management- A practical guide to Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

    This guidance document provides European, National and regional/local waste policy makers, waste managers, and businesses with the background to implement the Waste Framework Directive for bio-waste policy in a more sustainable way. This can be achieved b ...

    30 April 2014