Joint Research Centre of the European Commission - Institute for Energy and Transport (JRC)

The Institute for Energy and Transport (IET) is part of the Directorate General Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. Its mission is to provide scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of community policies related to energy. Special emphasis is given to the security of energy supply and sustainable and safe energy production.

The Institute for Energy and Transport supports EU actions by executing its specific research programmes in the fields of clean and sustainable energy spanning both nuclear and non-nuclear domains. Typical activities encompass nuclear safety in the enlarged EU, including support to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia via the TACIS and PHARE programmes; safety of new nuclear energy systems; clean, efficient waste incineration, waste to energy and biomass combustion; harmonisation and validation of safety and performance assessment of fuel cells and hydrogen storage technology. The Institute concentrates on S&T reference systems for policy support at European level, networking, especially in areas where integrated action at the Community level in support to policies is needed, and finally on mobility of scientific skills, in line with the Commission’s proposal to develop a European Research Area, ERA. It also performs contractual work co-financed by the indirect actions, including new instruments of the Framework Programme (FP) and work for third parties. Only research projects triggered by customer request, in line with the Institute Mission and Strategy and providing added value to the institutional work are accepted. Finally IET also performs work outside the Framework Programme at the direct request of Commission Directorate Generals.

 Under the framework agreement between the European Community and the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking for the provision of services by the Joint Research Centre to the FCH Joint Undertaking, the JRC supports individual FCH JU projects in the role of reference laboratory.