négaWatt is working with a network of key European organisations on the construction of a European energy and climate scenario that evaluates all potentials for energy demand reduction (sufficiency and efficiency) and renewable energy development. This vision will be as ambitious as possible, targeting carbon neutrality and a 100% renewable energy mix by at least 2050 at the European level.
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The implementation of the Paris Agreement is calling for reinforced action in all member States. At the European level, reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 will require an ambitious and coordinated energy transition strategy.
The Energy Union initiative and the recent Green Deal announced by European Commission’s president Ursula Von der Leyen are great opportunities to do so. However, EU’s energy and climate policies remain limited by the absence of a shared vision between member States and the European Commission (EC) on energy transition. Dialogue between member States and the EC has to be reinforced to build a common energy strategy that takes into account national specificities. In order to stay within the target of 1,5°C, the EU will also have to develop an ambitious action plan that looks at all sustainability potentials and not solely technology issues.
To support such progress, négaWatt is working with a network of key European organisations on the construction of a European energy and climate scenario that evaluates all potentials for energy demand reduction (sufficiency and efficiency) and renewable energy development. This vision will be as ambitious as possible, targeting carbon neutrality and a 100% renewable energy mix by at least 2050 at the European level.
The project aims at developing one the most ambitious decarbonisation pathway for Europe. It will propose an action plan to reach carbon neutrality and a 100% renewable mix at the European level by 2050 at the latest, ruling out any use of carbon capture and storage technologies.
This scenario will focus on the question of energy sufficiency : how can we rethink and redesign individual and collective practices to favour activities and services that are intrinsically low on energy use ? The sufficiency potential is enormous at the European level, but is rarely considered at its full scale in European decarbonisation pathways. With this work, we hope to show that a comprehensive policy articulating sufficiency, efficiency and renewable development is key to reach the 1,5°C climate goal.
This project is based on a unique approach : The European scenario will be developed through a dialogue with national scenario makers in order to aggregate national visions into a European one. We will promote a European strategy that fully takes into account national specificities while also looking at optimisation gains of a coordinated action at the European level.
A European network of technical partners
This project is led in collaboration with a network of national and European organisations. Since 2018, partners are engaged in technical dialogue to ensure the collective development of this project.
This dialogue has allowed partners to question their work and modelling approaches, and share best practices, which results in built-up capacity and raised ambition. Thematic working groups and methodological meetings are also regularly organised. Through this network, partners have been able to share information on the ways policies or actions are supported in different member States, and how setting conditions may vary from one region to another.
The network includes 18 partners, covering 15 European countries. Additional organisations may join the network during the project.
More information on the network of partners on this webpage (in French only).
The budget covers main activities of the project : coordination of the project, animation of the network of partners, participation of members to main technical meetings, development of modelling tools, technical work on the reinforcement of national scenarios, development of the European trajectory, and dissemination activities.
négaWatt and its network of partners are looking for additional funding to complete this budget as well as to extend it in order to support a more active implication of national partners in the project. Additional funds allocated to the network of partners would reinforce our collaborative approach by supporting a more in-depth input from national partners in thematic groups and throughout the modelling steps of the project.
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To support the project, please contact Charline DUFOURNET - Project manager - charline.dufournet///at///negawatt.org - +33750363072
Up to date on 16/12/2019
négaWatt scenario 2017-2050