The EU Roadmap for moving to a low-carbon economy in 2050

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The issue

With its "Roadmap for moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in 2050" the European Commission is looking beyond the 2020 objectives for climate and energy and sets out a plan to meet the long-term target of reducing domestic emissions by 80 to 95% by mid-century. It shows how the sectors responsible for Europe's emissions - power generation, industry, transport, buildings and construction, as well as agriculture - can make the transition to a low-carbon economy over the coming decades. (COM (2011) 112: A Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050)


Contribution of the EC4MACS project

The EC4MACS model toolbox provided quantitative technical analyses to the proposal of the European Commission. The PRIMES, CAPRI, GAINS and TREMOVE models have been used to develop scenarios until 2050 that would result in deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union. EC4MACS estimated the potentials for emission reductions from energy, agriculture and land use for CO2 and the other greenhouse gases and calculated c-benefits of such low-carbon development paths on local air quality.

The results of these EC4MACS analyses have been incorporated into