Paris climate-change aim require at least 60% electrification of EU economy

Decisive action on climate change is needed to meet the goals set by the Paris agreement and this requires a major shift to electricity in transport, buildings and industry in the EU.

This is the key finding of “Decarbonisation pathways”, a new study conducted by Eurelectric, the trade body of the European power sector, and published yesterday at its two-day annual conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The study covers 100% of EU final energy consumption and reveals a close connection between electrification and deep decarbonisation.

For the EU to reach 95% emissions reduction by 2050 electricity needs to cover at least 60% of final energy consumption.

Francesco Starace, Eurelectric President and Enel chief executive, commented: “By leveraging  cost-effective renewables and developments in storage, electricity can lead to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across sectors, making the EU economy cleaner and more competitive.

“European institutions play a pivotal role in shaping policies around decarbonisation, so urgent actions must be taken to promote the transition to a more electrified energy scenario.

“Full EU decarbonisation by 2050 would require an electrification share of 63% in transport and buildings respectively and 50% in industrial processes.”

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5 Jun 2018


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