Europe's Share of the Climate Challenge: An Assessment of Domestic Actions and International Obligations to Protect the Planet.

Staff: Heaps, C. ; Erickson, P. ; Kartha, S. ; Kemp-Benedict, E.
Date: 2009
Client/Funder: Friends of the Earth (FoE)

Research Area(s): Energy Modeling ; Climate Equity ; Sustainable Futures

Description: This project, conducted in partnership with Friends of the Earth (FoE), examined the possibility of achieving 40% cuts in GHG emissions by 2020 and 90% cuts by 2050 across all 27 EU nations. FOE has asked SEI to examine a case where these reductions would be achieved through a massive deployment of energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy sources whilst also considering lifestyle changes across different sectors such as transport and food consumption and production. FOE has also asked SEI to constrain its analysis to include the phase out of nuclear power, no use of coal with carbon capture and storage, and to avoid the large-scale use of biofuels. The study is also quantifying the EU's historical responsibility using the Greenhouse Development Rights (GDR) framework and defining the financial support that needs to be given to developing countries for adaption and mitigation to climate change.

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Europe's Share of the Climate Challenge