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  1. Green and circular economy

    In a changing globalised world, better management of resources is essential, as is the need to concentrate efforts to efficiently respond to the main challenges (including jobs and growth, the investment agenda, climate and energy, social agenda and indus ...

    30 April 2014

  2. Sustainable management of natural resources in ACP countries

    According to the United Nations, at least 17% of the Earth’s surface waters and 10% of coastal and marine areas should be protected. The current 13 000 protected areas are insufficient to ensure the survival of the Earth’s biodiversity. EU development pol ...

    02 September 2015

  3. UN’s World Humanitarian Summit – Europe’s take in rethinking actions

    23 May 2016 At the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, key priorities advanced by the EU at the summit include: investment in resilience, efficient and effective financing, respect for international humanitarian law, preventing and ending crises, and br ...

    23 May 2016

  4. Towards a Multidisciplinary Approach on Creating Value: Sustainability through the Supply Chain and ERP Systems

    Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) is a widely used approach through manufacturing environments in a variety of sectors. With a tendency to go to specialized, smaller lot sizes in several industries (e.g., the pharmaceutical sector), companies are deal ...

    17 June 2016

  5. Unwrapping the Package- towards a Circular Economy in Europe

    25 Jan 2016 to 26 Jan 2016 Following the publication of the European Commission’s new Circular Economy Package on 2 December 2015, the government of the Netherlands, in cooperation with the European Commission, will host the “Unwrapping the Package – towa ...

    15 January 2016

  6. Urban food consumption and associated water resources: The example of Dutch cities

    Full self-sufficiency in cities is a major concern. Cities import resources for food, water and energy security. They are however key to global sustainability, as they concentrate a rapidly increasing and urbanising population (or number of consumers). In ...

    27 May 2016

  7. Study for a method to assess the ease of disassembly of electrical and electronic equipment. Method development and application to a flat panel display case study.

    This report has been developed within the project “Technical support for Environmental Footprinting, material efficiency in product policy and the European Platform on LCA” (2013-2016) funded by Directorate General Environment, and focused on the developm ...

    23 May 2016

  8. Science for environmental sustainability – new thematic report

    04 Feb 2016 The JRC has released a new report on environmental sustainability providing a broad overview of its activities in this area. Science plays an important role in informing European policies to meet the sustainability challenge and is also becomi ...

    04 February 2016

  9. Model-based Development of Scenarios for a Sustainable Europe- Methodologies, assumptions and first results

    This report seeks to support the formulation and implementation of policies which help to steer the European Union towards a sustainable future. It charts out plausible development paths, assuming that such paths will have implications for the conceptuali ...

    13 May 2016

  10. Environmental Footprint and Material Efficiency Support for Product Policy- Feasibility study for a standardized method to measure the time taken to extract certain parts from an Electrical and Electronic Equipment

    A study of the Joint Research Centre – JRC- on material efficiency published in 2012 established a method for the identification and assessment of “hot-spots” for End-of-Life (EoL) treatments of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), including te ...

    04 May 2016

  11. JRC support to Circular Economy Package

    02 Dec 2015 On 2 December, the Commission adopted a new circular economy package, which aims to extend product life span and reduce waste generation. The JRC supports the Commission's efforts to achieve a circular economy. Two new JRC reports on prod ...

    02 December 2015

  12. Raw Materials Information System

    RMIS RMIS The JRC Raw Materials Information System provides a structured repository of information on raw materials. Its overarching aim is to help strengthening the competitiveness and visibility of the EU raw materials sector, while promoting green and ...

    31 March 2015

  13. European Science and Technology Network on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction: Annual Report 2015

    The present report firstly summarizes the background for creating the "European Science and Technology Network on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction", based on a Communication from the European Commission to the Council and the Parliament. It ...

    13 April 2016

  14. Seasonal forecasting of fire over Kalimantan, Indonesia

    Large-scale fires occur frequently across Indonesia, particularly in the southern region of Kalimantan and eastern Sumatra. They have considerable impacts on carbon emissions, haze production, biodiversity, health, and economic activities. In this study, ...

    01 April 2016

  15. EU Development Days

    03 Jun 2015 to 04 Jun 2015 This, the ninth edition of European Development Days, will be held in Brussels from 3-4 June 2015. 2015 is the European Year for Development (EYD2015) and European Development Days (EDD15) will be its flagship event. The focus f ...

    07 May 2015

  16. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2015

    12 Apr 2015 to 17 Apr 2015 The EGU General Assembly 2015 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especi ...

    03 March 2015

  17. GeoTHERM Expo & Congress

    05 Mar 2015 to 06 Mar 2015 The ninth GeoTHERM will be taking place in its meanwhile successfully established form at 5th + 6th March 2015. Within eight years the combination of trade fair and congress has become Europe's leading event for geothermal ...

    03 March 2015

  18. Does the water footprint concept provide relevant information to address the water–food–energy–ecosystem nexus?

    This paper is a perspective paper, which investigates whether the water footprint (WF) concept addresses the water–food–energy–ecosystem nexus. First, the nexus links between (1) the planetary boundary freshwater resources (green and blue water resources) ...

    04 March 2016

  19. Life Cycle Data Network

    LCDN http://ilcd.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ILCDRegistry/pages/home.xhtml The Life Cycle Data Network is a web-based infrastructure giving access to quality assured data for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) provided by different actors, such as industry, national LCA pr ...

    30 April 2014

  20. The New Partnership for Africa's Development Water Centres of Excellence

    NEPAD Water CoE http://nepadwatercoe.org/ The network of NEPAD Water Centres of Excellence (NEPAD Water CoE) is a network of Higher Education- and Research institutions who conduct high-end scientific research on water and related sectors, in order to pro ...

    30 April 2014

  21. Building a consensus model for assessing impacts of water use in LCA – First results of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative working group

    While the general methodology for water footprinting has been harmonized by means of ISO 14046, a harmonized impact assessment model which promotes a commonly agreed and consistent application of water footprinting is still lacking. This work presents the ...

    07 February 2016

  22. European reference Life Cycle Database

    ELCD European reference Life Cycle Database The European reference Life Cycle Database (ECLD) comprises Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) data from front-running EU-level business associations and other sources for key materials, energy carriers, transport, and ...

    30 April 2014

  23. Hierarchical object-based mapping of riverscape units and in-stream mesohabitats using LiDAR and VHR imagery

    In this paper, we present a new, semi-automated methodology for mapping hydromorphological indicators of rivers at a regional scale using multisource remote sensing (RS) data. This novel approach is based on the integration of spectral and topographic inf ...

    31 January 2016

  24. European Platform on Life Cycle Assessment

    EPLCA European Platform on Life Cycle Assessment The European Life Cycle thinking Database consists of life cycle emission and resource consumption data from front-running EU-level business associations and other sources for key materials, energy carriers ...

    30 April 2014

  25. Digital Observatory for Protected Areas

    DOPA http://dopa.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ DOPA is a biodiversity information system developed by the JRC that functions as a tool for assessing, monitoring and forecasting biodiversity status and trends. It is made up of a set of interoperable web services devel ...

    15 January 2015