lunedì 19 aprile 2010

Europe and North Africa 100% powered by renewable electricity by 2050

On 26th March 2010 the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) published the report “100% Renewable Electricity-
A roadmap to 2050 for Europe and North Africa".
The study, realized in collaboration with Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the European Climate Forum, shows how it is possible to power Europe and North Africa exclusively by renewable electricity by 2050, providing a policy roadmap...
Currently the European power system depends on fossil fuel (55%) and nuclear (30%) electricity, while only 15% of Europe’s power demand is met with renewable sources. A rapid decarbonisation of electricity and more in general of energy sector is necessary if the world wants to limit the effects of global warming. PWC affirms that Europe can face these challenges by developing a regional power system based on a SuperSmart Grid with 100% of electricity coming from renewable sources, in combination with countries in North Africa. A roadmap has been set out to outline the major activities and policies that have to be put in place to achieve this scenario by 2050. The main areas where it is necessary to operate are: Government policy, Investment, Market structure and Infrastructure.

According to the report the technological capability for achieving the 2050 vision is already available: what is needed is political, regulatory and economical efforts. Moreover the most recent economic models show that the costs of transforming the power system may not be as large as previously thought and are expected to decrease. Indeed, once a renewable power system has established, it will provide cost- competitive electricity to Europe and North Africa and decrease their dependency from energy imports.

Francesca Sau
Climate Change Researcher
British Consulate General Milan

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