Energy  |  Publications  |  21.06.2011

Roadmap 2050: A practical guide to a prosperous, low-carbon Europe

The Roadmap 2050 project is an initiative of the European Climate Foundation, whose mission is to provide a practical, independent and objective analysis of pathways to achieve a low-carbon economy in Europe, in line with the energy security, environmental and economic goals of the European Union.

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.

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