EU’s Low carbon road map published

Posted on April 28, 2011 by


The European Commission recently published its road map for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050. This roadmap is a non binding target aimed at an 80 to 95 percent reduction (compared to 1990 levels) in the emission by 2050.

The key points raised in the report are summarized below;

  • The commission anticipates reductions of 40 and 60 percent by 2030 and 2040. This means that there would be an annual reduction of 1 percent up to 2020, 1.5 percent between 2020 and 2030 and subsequently 2 percent for the remaining years.
  • With the full implementation of the revised European Energy Efficiency Plan, the commission anticipates that the EU will achieve its established targets even though these targets are non-binding and non-official.
  • To achieve the ‘bottom line’ domestic emission target, the commission emphasizes the need for implementation of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan(October 2009) which encompasses the funding of research and development of low carbon technology.
  • Reliance on ‘decarbonised” power sector and the use of alternative clean fuel for transportation and heating has been give priority. The electricity generated from low carbon sources is predicted to rise from the current 45 percent to 100 percent by 2050. Tools like the EU emission trading system(ETS), energy taxation, etc, are crucial to meeting these targets. Furthermore, the commission identifies the need for considerable investment in renewable electricity networks, including in smart grid technology.
  • Other points of priority are:
    • Technological innovation in the transport sector
    • Strict energy performance standards for new buildings
    • Greater energy efficiency in industrial processes
    • Focused land  use policies
    • Carbon capture and storage
    • Improved waste management
    • Change in public behavior

With this initiative, the Commission envisages the evolution of more sector specific and specialized policies and initiatives. Participation of member states in the development of national low carbon strategies has also been given due importance.

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