JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
The European Commission's in-house science service
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-petroleum society, EU's poorly connected forests hinder biodiversity, and the development of new car emission test procedure.
The newsletter also includes briefs on reduced meat consumption to tackle GHG emissions and the JRC's synthesised silver nanoparticles, which can be used to address safety concerns for cosmetic products.
The document provides a detailed overview of a five session conference organised and hosted by the JRC in May 2012. The discussions sought to address where scientific support and new standards are needed in the key sectors of eco-industries: water resources, air quality, waste management, renewable energies and energy efficiency.
Article detailing the proposal of a new methodological framework for sustainable production and consumption with regards to tourism Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).
As the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners.