How economic and social actors can champion CO2 phase-out

Greenhouse gas emissions need to fall by 80 % between now and 2050. With many low-hanging fruits of decarbonisation having already been collected (e.g. through increases in energy or production efficiency), this will represent a great challenge for the EU economy. Lowering emission caps on, for instance, energy intensive industries, transport and buildings will result in a huge innovation and competition challenge for these sectors and may have a restructuring effect on markets.

Can deep decarbonisation pathways be reconciled with the political objectives of reinvigorating European industries and strengthening economic competitiveness? What does science have to say about the risks and opportunities related to innovation, deployment, financing or public acceptance?

The session is chaired by DG RTD and co-moderated by EASME. It opens with a keynote speech from the Horizon 2020 Commission Expert Group - High-level Panel of the European Decarbonisation Pathways Initiative (EDPI) (E03459). The session features contributions from three EU-funded research projects, followed by a panel discussion:

  • INNOPATHS (Innovation pathways, strategies and policies for the Low-Carbon Transition in Europe)¬†
  • REINVENT (Realising Innovation in Transitions for Decarbonisation)
  • EU-CALC (EU Calculator: trade-offs and pathways towards sustainable and low-carbon European Societies).