In July 2009, the leaders of the European Union and the G8 announced an objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. In October 2009 the European Council set the appropriate abatement objective for Europe and other developed economies at 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050. In support of this objective, the European Climate Foundation (ECF) initiated a study to establish a fact base behind this goal and derive the implications for European industry, particularly in the electricity sector. The result is Roadmap 2050: a practical guide to a prosperous, low-carbon Europe, a discussion of the feasibility and challenges of realizing an 80% GHG reduction objective for Europe, including urgent policy imperatives over the coming five years.
Developed consortium of experts funded by the ECF, the report is divided into three volumes: a Technical and Economic Analysis, a Policy Report and a Graphic Narrative.
Edited extract from the preface.