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Transforming the European Energy System: Member States’ Prospects Within the EU Framework

Brigitte Knopf, Bjørn Bakken, Samuel Carrara, Amit Kanudia, Ilkka Keppo, Tiina Koljonen, Silvana Mima, Eva Schmid () and Detlef van Vuuren
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Brigitte Knopf: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Bjørn Bakken: SINTEF Energy Research
Samuel Carrara: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change
Amit Kanudia: KanORS-EMR
Ilkka Keppo: University College London
Tiina Koljonen: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Silvana Mima: PACTE-EDDEN, CNRS, Université Grenoble Alpes
Detlef van Vuuren: PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and Utrecht University, Department of Geosciences

No 2014.14, Working Papers from Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

Abstract: The Energy Modeling Forum 28 (EMF28) performed a large-scale model comparison exercise to illustrate different technology pathways for cutting European greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Focusing on selected countries (France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and UK), this paper first analyses climate and energy policy objectives and debates in the respective countries. It then compares EMF28 model results to the short-term projections of the National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) and the long-term transformation pathway given in the European Commission’s “Energy Roadmap 2050”. It concludes that there is sufficient agreement with the NREAPs and national policies to accept the model results as conceivable scenarios. The scenarios suggest that in the future a variety of different national energy mixes will continue to reflect the different resource bases and preferences of individual Member States. In order to ensure a cost-efficient transformation, it is important to improve coordination between Member State policies and those at EU level.

Keywords: European Climate and Energy Policy; National Renewable Action Plans (Nreaps); Environmental Federalism; Mitigation Scenarios (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q2 Q4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-02
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