Low Carbon Economy in 2050 (Communication)

In order to limit global climate change to a global warming of below 2°C, the EU is to move towards a “competitive low carbon economy” in 2050. To this end, the Commission presents a roadmap for possible action up to 2050 which could enable the EU to meet its climate protection target for 2050. The roadmap is based on analysis of alternative scenarios.


An overview of the different possible scenarios for significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the EU by 2050 could help make the debate on how to set the course of climate policy more objective. However, one cannot plan the future of climate protection policy over the next forty years in advance. Essential assumptions of the “roadmap” could soon force a revision. This applies in particular to the use of nuclear power and global climate protection efforts.