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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Vincent Van Roy is a research fellow at the Digital Economy Unit (B6) of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of Seville since March 2016. His policy-oriented research mainly focuses on the analysis of framework conditions for digital entrepreneurship, innovation and artificial intelligence. He has a master degree in economics and information management and a PhD in applied economics from the KU Leuven (Belgium).
The Joint Research Centre (JRC)'s expertise in Photovoltaics (PV) is based on the work carried out, since more than 35 years, at the European Solar Test Installation (ESTI). This independent European reference laboratory validates electrical performance and lifetime (power and energy generation) of photovoltaic devices. A new technical report supports the EU political objective of increasing the share of renewable energy in the market.
A Clean Planet for all: European strategic long-term vision
According to the March 2019 issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin, which was published today, winter crops are advanced and in good shape in most of Europe, following a mild winter.
Cold spells have been rare and have not caused significant damage.
In February and early March, the whole of Europe experienced milder-than-usual conditions, with the strongest anomalies observed in the Baltic countries, eastern Poland, Belarus and western Ukraine.
A groundbreaking web-based platform to monitor global freshwater ecosystems was endorsed at last weekend's United Nations Science-Policy-Business forum in Nairobi, ahead of the Fourth UN Environment Assembly, the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment.
In 2015 the operation of the European energy sector required about 74 billion m3 of fresh water, an important natural resource which will become scarcer around the world due to the effects of climate change. A recent JRC report estimates that the European energy industry will considerably decrease its water use in the future, mainly thanks to the increasing share of renewable energy sources – whose water needs are much smaller than those of nuclear and coal power plants.
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