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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 ...

    02 September 2015

  3. Building a resilient Europe in a globalised world

    30 Sep 2015 Resilience determines the capacity to successfully deal with difficult events and to adapt and overcome adversity, and in a changing world creates stability, which in turn promotes job creation, economic growth and environmental sustainability ...

    28 October 2015

  4. Commission helps regions join forces to invest in industrial modernisation

    02 Jun 2016 On 2 June during the Smart Regions conference, the European Commission launched the Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation. This new initiative offers hands-on support to regions to foster interregional cooperation based on ...

    02 June 2016

  5. An integrated EU policy for the Arctic adopted

    27 Apr 2016 The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have today adopted a policy proposal that will guide the actions of the European Union in the Arctic region. The European Union will step up its existi ...

    27 April 2016

  6. AfriGEOSS Symposium 2016 "Earth Observations for the Africa We Want"

    27 Apr 2016 to 29 Apr 2016 The objectives of the AfriGEOSS Symposium 2016 "Earth Observations for the Africa We Want" are to understand the role of Earth Observations in the implementation of African policies for sustainable development and to i ...

    14 March 2016

  7. 5th Meeting of the International Forum on Life Cycle Assessment Cooperation

    14 Mar 2016 to 16 Mar 2016 5th Meeting of the International Forum on LCA Cooperation is co-organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Brazilian Institute for Information in Science and Technology (IBICT). The first two days will ...

    11 March 2016

  8. Arctic Council Workshop on Resilience

    13 Mar 2016 to 15 Mar 2016 As part of this year's Arctic Science Summit Week (12-18 March 2016), IES scientist Julian Wilson will participate in the Arctic Council Workshop on Resilience as a nominated member of the workshop steering committee.   Fur ...

    11 March 2016

  9. 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

  10. Assessing eco-innovations in green chemistry:Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of a cosmetic product with a bio-based ingredient

    Due to the growing interest in assessing the environmental impacts of cosmetic products, research and development activities try enhancing and promoting eco-innovation solutions in cosmetic industry. This study is aimed at comparing the environmental prof ...

    12 June 2016

  11. Consumers and their behavior: state of the art in behavioral science supporting use phase modeling in LCA and ecodesign

    Purpose Life cycle thinking and assessment require a holistic approach to the evaluation of product supply chains. An assessment from raw material extraction to end of life of any products is based on modeling a wide number of aspects and options, e.g., a ...

    10 June 2016

  12. 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

  13. Smart Stories- Implementing Smart Specialisation across Europe

    The insight that this booklet provides- thanks to the precious contribution of national and regional authorities- shows that smart specialisation has gone far beyond the mere fulfilment of the ex-ante conditionality criteria linked to Cohesion policy allo ...

    02 June 2016

  14. 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

  15. New habitat model allows dynamic and smart management of Atlantic bluefin tuna

    26 Feb 2016 A new habitat model, developed by the JRC and partner scientists, detects areas and periods where Atlantic bluefin tuna prefers to feed and spawn. Covering most of the areas where this species lives and the entire area subject to fisheries, th ...

    26 February 2016

  16. 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

  17. Economics of GHG emissions mitigation via biogas production from Sorghum, maize and dairy farm manure digestion in the Po valley

    The Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and economic feasibility of electricity production from the anaerobic digestion of different substrates are studied in this paper. Three realistic substrate options for the climatic and soil conditions of a modelled farm ...

    25 May 2016

  18. Climate change impacts of power generation from residual biomass

    The European Union relies largely on bioenergy to achieve its climate and energy targets for 2020 and beyond. We assess, using Attributional Life Cycle Assessment (A-LCA), the climate change mitigation potential of three bioenergy power plants fuelled by ...

    25 May 2016

  19. Integrated weed management systems with herbicide-tolerant crops in the European Union: lessons learnt from home and abroad

    Conventionally bred (CHT) and genetically modified herbicide-tolerant (GMHT) crops have changed weed management practices and made an important contribution to the global production of some commodity crops. However, a concern is that farm management pract ...

    15 May 2016

  20. 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

  21. Resource efficiency of biobased industries

    17 Oct 2013 to 18 Oct 2013 Introduction The aim of this expert workshop was to set the scene for biomass resource efficiency in terms of definitions for biomass and standardisation for biobased products; capacities in market volumes, policy research and J ...

    14 October 2015

  22. Bioeconomy Information System and Observatory (BISO) – Environmental Sustainability

    21 Nov 2014 Introduction This workshop aimed to present and discuss with selected key stakeholders: The proposed methodology for environmental sustainability assessment of bioeconomy chains; The progress achieved in the environmental sustainability assess ...

    14 October 2015

  23. Sustainability Issues for the Deployment of Bioeconomy

    20 Nov 2014 Introduction The aim of this workshop, which took place within the scope of the 7FP project S2Biom, http://www.s2biom.eu/, was twofold:     To present the adaptation of the EU Environmental Footprint methodology to the specifics of non-food bi ...

    14 October 2015

  24. Assessing water ecosystem services for water resource management

    Ecosystem service concepts can offer a valuable approach for linking human and nature, and arguments for the conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems. Despite an increasing interest in the topic, the application for water resource management has ...

    04 May 2016

  25. Using pan-tropical biomass maps to improve IPCC Tier 1 default level emission factors – a case study for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

    The IPCC proposes three Tier levels for greenhouse gas emission monitoring with a hierarchical order in terms of accuracy as well as data requirements/complexity. While Tier 1 provides default above-ground biomass (AGB) values per ecological zone and cont ...

    01 May 2016