Friday, May 14, 2010

New Report Says Europe Could Achieve 80 Percent GHG Emissions Reduction by 2050 Based on 1990 Baseline

A new report commissioned by the European Climate Foundation concludes that "by deploying technologies already commercial today or in late development stages, Europe could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 compared to 1990 levels and still provide the same level of reliability as the existing energy system."

The report, Roadmap 2050, says that five priorities must be set for the period 2010-2015 in order for the 80 percent reduction goal to be achieved:
  • Energy efficiency must be improved
  • Low carbon technologies should be invested in
  • Grids and integrated market operation mechanisms need to be enhanced
  • Fuel shifts in transport and buildings need to be undertaken
  • Markets for commercial low carbon technologies must be established and allowed to operate in a certain and competitive landscape
The report clearly reflects one point of view -- that of a low carbon future. But one has to wonder when, if ever, the US and other developed countries will match Europe's widespread interest in implementing, rather than just talking about, a low carbon future.

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