Net-zero 2050

The Net-Zero 2050 is a new initiative of the European Climate Foundation with contributions from a consortium of experts and organisations funded by the ECF.

 

The Paris Agreement commits us to making the net-zero transition, and long-term strategic planning shows that many of the decisions and actions needed to get us on track must be taken imminently.

Reports in the series are intended to create a basis for discussion with stakeholders and policy-makers on net-zero decarbonisation. In particular, they seek to enhance understanding of the implications and opportunities of moving to climate neutrality across the economy; to shed light on some of the near-term choices and actions needed to reach this goal; and to provide thought leadership about the governance arrangements necessary to implement the Paris Agreement.

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Bringing Buildings on Track to Reach Zero-Carbon by 2050

A net-zero economy by 2050 in the EU requires bold action across all sectors, and in none more than buildings. The building sector is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the EU. Read more. 

Climate laws: frameworks to help governments become climate neutral

A new study by Ecologic Institute analyses the national climate laws in European countries and identifies a set of common elements and good practices that can inform national climate laws and the debate on an EU climate law. Read more.

A net-zero emission European society is within reach but getting there starts today

Europe can reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest. Not only is it technically possible: a net-zero future is very desirable, with a prosperous economy, a more resilient society, and higher levels of wellbeing. Read more

What delivering the Paris Agreement means for Europe

The roadmap 2050 tool tests the feasibility of possible pathways to net-zero emissions. This helps 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. Read more

EU countries still have a chance to improve their climate plans

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. Read more

Multiple pathways can take EU industries to a clean and prosperous future

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. Read more

Fossil-free energy systems in Europe are feasible 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. Read more

Possible pathways for low-GHG EU land use, agriculture and forestry

Land use is unique in its ability to both reduce its own emissions and also remove carbon from the atmosphere while contributing to emission reductions in other sectors through the substitution of carbon intensive materials and energy. Read more

Innovation can help deliver EU competitive climate leadership

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. Read more