14 Apr 2010 09:04:10
80 percent cuts in carbon emissions possible
Cutting Europe's carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 is possible, but the continent must eradicate carbon-emitting power generation.
This is the conclusion of a new report by the European Climate Foundation, which states that an 80 percent cut on 1990 levels would require a move to an almost zero-carbon power supply.
In the short term, the cost of implementing these policies would be higher than conducting business as usual, but over the longer term it would not lead to higher energy prices, the document stated.
Matt Philips, a spokesman for the European Climate Foundation, said: "When the Roadmap 2050 project began it was assumed that high-renewable energy scenarios would be too unstable to provide sufficient reliability."
It was also thought that they would be uneconomic and that major breakthroughs in technology would be needed to move in this direction.
"Roadmap 2050 has found all of these assertions to be untrue," he said.
According to data from the European Commission, carbon emissions from companies covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme fell by 11.2 percent last year.http://www.roadmap2050.eu/