JRC

The Joint Research Centre supports EU Member States in implementing environmental policies and participates in international efforts to promote the sustainable use of resources and improve land-use management. This report describes the work of the JRC in support of sustainable development. It shows how its tools, methods, analyses and activities contribute to a better understanding, monitoring and anticipation of the complex interactions between human activity and the natural environment.

By 2030, more energy will be saved than the amount of energy consumed deriving from oil, according to a JRC analysis. Energy savings can thus be considered as "an energy source in its own right", in line with the European Commission strategy for a resilient energy union. As Europe is likely to miss the intermediary 2020 target of 20% of energy saved, the authors recommend scaling up private investments and introducing a guarantee fund to remove the perceived risk by investors.