Cleaner, Smarter, Cheaper: Responding to opportunities in Europe’s changing energy system

At a time when EU policy makers are discussing the blueprint for Europe’s 2030 climate and energy framework, Europe’s energy sector is being shaken up by remarkable reductions in the cost of clean energy technologies, coupled with the emergence of new digital solutions and business models.

This new study, by the European Climate Foundation and Energy Union Choices group partners E3G, RAP, WWF and BPIE made use of state of the art modelling tools provided by Artelys to examine how these changes alter the outlook for Europe’s power sector transition by 2030 and finds that Europe can now aim for deeper emission reductions and higher renewables uptake (up to 61% RES-e), at a reduced cost. Provided it makes the right policy choices in the form of a smart retirement of coal capacity, and a step change in the activation of demand side flexibility.

The report is available for download here.