Decarbonisation of electricity

30 October 2018
Decarbonisation
Renewable energy
Grid flexibility
Curtailment
Storage
MAGIC

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Title: Decarbonisation of electricity: Is a deep decarbonisation of the EU’s electricity system by 2050 feasible and viable?

Authors: Louisa Jane Di Felice, Maddalena Ripa, Mario Giampietro (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Date: October 2018

Full study available in: Di Felice L.J., Ripa M., Giampietro M. (2018). Deep Decarbonisation from a Biophysical Perspective: GHG Emissions of a Renewable Electricity Transformation in the EU. Sustainability, vol. 10, no. 3685. Available in open access: https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103685

 

Overview

 

The EU has set ambitious decarbonisation targets for 2030 and 2050. The power sector is expected to reach almost zero GHG emissions by 2050. In MAGIC, we take a biophysical approach to model the decarbonisation of the power sector, by considering the GHG emissions associated to infrastructural changes. Our results show that the EU’s decarbonisation scenarios are optimistic and miss key questions related to grid flexibility and associated emissions.

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