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

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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)

  • Eva Schmid

    (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK))

  • Detlef van Vuuren

    (PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and Utrecht University, Department of Geosciences)

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.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2014.14.

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Keywords: European Climate and Energy Policy; National Renewable Action Plans (Nreaps); Environmental Federalism; Mitigation Scenarios;

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  1. Gawel, Erik & Strunz, Sebastian & Lehmann, Paul, 2014. "Wie viel Europa braucht die Energiewende?," UFZ Discussion Papers 4/2014, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Division of Social Sciences (ÖKUS).
  2. Lion Hirth & Falko Ueckerdt & Ottmar Edenhofer, 2014. "Why Wind Is Not Coal: On the Economics of Electricity," Working Papers 2014.39, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.

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