Europe Can Achieve 80% Emissions Reduction

Europe can achieve an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on 1990 levels by 2050, according to a recent report.

The Roadmap 2050 study claimed that "radical transformation" will be required to achieve these cuts, but that they are possible using technologies that are already commercially available or in the late stages of development.

"Aggressive" energy efficiency measures will also be required across almost all sectors.

In order to fully decarbonise the power sector, the report recommends relying on renewables, nuclear and carbon capture and storage in order to create an almost-zero emissions industry.

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."

He added: "Roadmap 2050 has found all of these assertions to be untrue."

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