Europe can reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest. Not only is it technically possible: a net-zero future is likely to be very desirable, with a prosperous economy, a more resilient society, and higher levels of wellbeing.
The roadmap 2050 tool tests possible pathways to net-zero emissions to establish its feasibility. This will help to better understand the systemic impact that different choices may have and to identify some key trade-offs, implications and near-term decisions needed to get to Paris-compatible emission levels.
National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) represent an opportunity for EU Member States to chart their next steps on the road to a climate-secure future and to reap the economic and social benefits which come with that.
If supported by the right policy framework, industries can contribute their share to the net-zero emissions by 2050 and remain competitive. In addition, a more circular economy can cut emissions from heavy industry by 56% by 2050.
Scenarios integrating power, road transport and residential heating sectors across Europe with a wide range of zero-carbon technologies and energy carriers can come with socio-economic benefits.
Agriculture is unique in its ability to both reduce its own emissions, but also increase carbon removals from the atmosphere and contribute to emission reductions in other sectors through the substitution of carbon intensive materials and energy.
Europe requires to rapidly increase the readiness and deployment of the next generation of low-carbon technologies. It also needs to enable business models and customer engagement in sectors which use or produce energy.