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1 Some activities in JRC of relevance for Swedish scientists Peter Pärt Advisor to the Director, Institute Environment and Sustainability Serving society Stimulating innovation Supporting legislation

2 Goals and Policy Objectives Europe Resource Efficient Europe, Digital Agenda, Innovation Union, Integrated Industrial Policy, Global Europe, Health, Consumer Protection Eco-design (DG ENTR; DG ENER) Waste directive (DG ENV) Bio-economy (DG ENTR, DG RTD) SCP/SIP Action Plan (DG ENV) EU Marine strategy (DG ENV, MARE) Biodiversity Action Plan (DG ENV) Soil Thematic Strategy (DG ENV) Water Blueprint 2050 (DG ENV) EU Air Policy (DG ENV) UNCCD UNCBD Cohesion funds (DG REGIO) Greening the CAP (DG AGRI) G20 Action Plan Global agri. monitoring (DG AGRI, DEVCO) INSPIRE (DG ENV, ESTAT) GEO (DG RTD) e-government (DG INFSO) GMES (DG ENTR) 20/20/20 targets (DG CLIMA) UNFCCC EU strategy for adaptation to climate change (DG CLIMA, ECHO) REDD Green production & consumption Managing our natural resources Food Security Digital Earth Living with climate change

3 Integrated assessment of climate and air quality policies Coupling of chain of POLES ENERGY PRODUCTION POLLUTANT EMISSIONS models: energy to impacts Scenario analysis with TM5-FASST tool Increase in life expectancy TM5 concentrations and impacts

4 Climate Risk Management MITIGATION TODAY meteorological forecast infrastructure natural resources -VULNERABILITY -ALERTS people floods droughts heat waves

5 MITIGATION TODAY infrastructure natural resources people Climate Risk Management 2050 meteorological forecast -VULNERABILITY -ALERTS -VULNERABILITY - ADAPTATION floods droughts heat waves Supported by Earth Observations and Earth System Modelling

6 Forest Resources and Climate Collecting base parameters: forest cover, species Monitoring Fire: danger mapping, alerts Change: especially deforestation Climate parameters: carbon sinks, sources, emissions Modelling: fragmentation, LULUCF support to policy definition

7 The Water Challenge: JRC supporting the 2012 Impact Assessment Source: 2012 Blueprint, EC

8 From Natural Resource Efficiency towards Sustainable Development EU Strategies 1. EU 2020: Sustainable Growth 1. A Resource Efficient Europe 2. An industrial policy for the globalization era 2. Innovating for Sustainable Growth 3. SCP/SIP Action Plan 4. Sustainable Development Strategy 5. 7 th Environmental Action Plan Platforms for Integrated Sustainability Assessment European Platform on LCA ILCD Handbook, data network LUMP Modelling Platform Results Environmental sustainability assessments for e.g.: raw materials, processes, products, services, shale gas, trade; Research-based methodological support to SCP policies like Ecodesign and Eco-label; Harmonised Environmental Footprint method. Assessment of policy options for regional development. Assessment of resource efficiency measures Resource efficiency - life cycle indicators Economy valuation of ecosystemservices Bio-economy Observatory. Scenario modelling for integrated impact assessment.

9 The challenge of food security Multidisciplinary approach to food security: availability, access (and utilisation) Household income/vulnerability Food prices Crop growth modelling Yield/production forecasts Climate scenarios Economics Agrometeorological modelling Remote sensing Vegetation status indicators Biomass production Cropland mapping For decision making Bulletins, Integrated food security phase classification (IPC)

10 Digital Earth Multi-disciplinary interoperability from standard towards brokering approach Sensor web, citizen science, Future Internet Big data the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity

11 JRC - Institute for Health and Consumer Protection Policy Area: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) - EU Reference Laboratory for GMOs - Capacity building - Impact: Supporting EU legislation on GM food and feed and on official controls JRC is an important partner in international fora on GMO analysis 7 October

12 JRC - Institute for Health and Consumer Protection Policy Area: Alternatives to Animal Testing - EU Reference Laboratory ECVAM - Research towards next-generation toxicity testing - Impact: JRC is a key actor in OECD harmonisation and standardisation activities Supporting EU legislation on cosmetics, chemicals (REACH), consumer products, food Supporting EU strategy on endocrine disrupting substances and chemical mixtures 7 October

13 JRC - Institute for Health and Consumer Protection Policy Area: Nanotechnology - Nanomaterials in consumer products - Safety assessment of nanomaterials - Impact: Providing scientific support and implementation tools to regulators Supporting EU legislation on chemicals (REACH), cosmetics, food and consumer products JRC is an important partner in OECD, ISO and CEN activities and in EU research projects 7 October

14 JRC - Institute for Health and Consumer Protection Policy Area: Food and Consumer Products - EU Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials - Food and consumer products - Impact: Supporting EU legislation on cosmetics, official food control, food contact materials, textiles, wine Active in international harmonisation and standardisation fora, such as OECD and International Cooperation of Cosmetics Regulators 7 October

15 JRC - Institute for Health and Consumer Protection Policy Area: Public Health - Improving cancer care in Europe - Nutrition, health and environment - Impact: Supporting EU legislation on public health, consumer protection, noise and air pollution JRC is a partner of international organisations such as WHO, IARC, nutrition platforms 7 October

16 How is it to work at JRC? Gunilla Boström, technician Institute of Health and Consumer Protection

17 Air quality at sea Here is my measurement station!

18 How is an JRC Institute organized? IES - Institute of Environment and Sustainability

19 Organization of a scientific unit Unit Head of Unit Projects Project leader Project leader Execution, research Staff You! Staff You! 7 October

20 You work and you publish! Total Refereed Publications: 162 Scientific output 2012 from IES

21 Today s problems ask for integrated approaches Project 1 Project 4 Horizontal project building on several competencies Project 2 Project 3 7 October

22 Example of a horizontal activity: Climate change adaptation and health Vector-borne infectious diseases Lyme disease (Borreliosis) TBE tick-borne encephalitis West Nile Virus disease Objective: Develop a modeling platform for a 3-6 month forecast and projections on the potential spread and outbreak of the disease 7 October 2013 Partners: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) WHO-Europe Member State Authorities 22

23 Example: Borrelia Delicate balance: human target vector environment - climate 7 October

24 Thank you for your attention! Serving society Stimulating innovation Supporting legislation

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