An 80% carbon-free Europe in 2050, what impacts on the European electric generation technologies uses?

Abstract : Overview Climate change is the focal point of all attentions in Europe and the limit of a 2°C temperature increase above pre-industrial levels is a wildly accepted target. In order to achieve that goal, the European Council confirmed the objective of reducing the greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions in Europe by at least 80% in 2050 compared to the levels of 1990 [1]. One of the most talked-about analyses of this subject is the European Climate Foundation's Roadmap 2050, a practical guide to a prosperous, low-carbon Europe. This report stipulates that the key to decarbonize Europe by 80% was to mitigate the emissions of the power generation sector by 95%, so it focuses on the elaboration of three scenarios dealing with different electric mixes. The scenarios are back-casted to prove their feasibility, so they are not cost-efficient [2]. What kind of electric mix could be cost-efficient to reach the 80% target and what does it imply for the emissions and the technology pathway of the power generation sector? The results in ECF's work are mainly aggregated at EU27 plus Switzerland and Norway scale and the role of each country or region and interconnections between them are tremendous. Estimating more precisely the implications of one of ECF's scenarios on a regional scale is necessary. As an example it could be done for France plus Germany. Such is the aim of this study.
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Adrien Atayi, Nadia Maïzi, Sandrine Selosse. An 80% carbon-free Europe in 2050, what impacts on the European electric generation technologies uses?. International Conference on Carbon Reduction Technologies (Care Tech), Sep 2011, Polish Jurassic Highland, Poland. ⟨hal-01981999⟩

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