Future Energy Systems in Europe
In progress from 01-04-2007 to 01-01-2009
Project manager: Gy Larsen
Energy technology, Environment, Environmental technology, Expert-based, Governance, Parliament involvement, Sustainability, TA-methodology
In 2007-09 The Danish Board of Technology has carried out a project on Future Energy Systems in Europe - scenarios towards 2030- for the European Parliament.
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The project has been commissioned by STOA (Scientific Technology Options Assessment) in the European Parliament. By use of a cross-European scenario modelling tool provided for the project the scenario work has examined how the EU goals on improved security of supply and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can be fulfilled in an economically efficient way. Moreover, the project has provided a common understanding of the challenges, barriers and opportunities for the energy sector among EU parliamentarians and industrial stakeholders. 3 workshops with MEPīs, researchers and stakeholders in the energy field have been arranged with a dialogue on the scenario work during the project period.
The final report describes the scenario work for EU 27 on the overall energy system, showing how different elements in the European energy systems interact with each other and how different combinations of technology choices and policies lead to different overall results.
The project explores two essentially different developments of the European energy systems through a so-called Small-Tech scenario and a Big-Tech scenario. Both scenarios aim at achieving two concrete goals for 2030: reducing CO2 emissions by 50 per cent compared to the 1990 level and reducing oil consumption by 50 per cent compared to the present level.