Study shows EU to fall short of 2050 decarbonisation target

A new study released by the European Commission has found that the EU will fall well below its target for reducing CO2 by 2050.

According to the report entitled, ‘Trends to 2050’ study, the continent is only on track to reduce its emissions by around a third in 2030, and 44 per cent in 2050.

It represents more evidence for green campaigners of the importance of an ambitious 2030 climate and energy framework, with targets for renewable energy and GHG reductions.

Justin Wilkes, the deputy CEO of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) told the Euractive news agency, “Without such targets energy security and a zero-carbon power sector will be impossible.”

Euractiv reports that the ‘Trends’ documents simply present business-as-usual scenarios. It only considered existing CO2 reduction schemes, and assumed no new energy and climate policies after 2020. By that rationale it found that the bloc will only succeed in cutting emissions by half the amount needed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius in 2050

The new paper also predicts that by 2050, gas, wind and nuclear energy will each be providing around a quarter of Europe’s energy supply.

Scientists and EU leaders agree that by mid-century, Europe must ramp up energy savings and green its power generation to slash CO2 emissions by 80-95 per cent compared to 1990 levels, and so avoid catastrophic climate change. 

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