Cover of the 4i-TRACTION policy brief: Transformative change to achieve  1.5°C: an EU member state  assessment

4i-TRACTION (2022): Transformative change to achieve 1.5°C: an EU member state assessment. 4i-TRACTION Policy Brief. Climate Analytics, Berlin.

Transformative Change to Achieve 1.5°C: An EU Member State Assessment

This 4i-TRACTION policy brief assesses 1.5°C compatible pathways for seven selected EU member states and compares them with current national plans and targets.

For selected EU member states (Germany, Finland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain), the assessment finds that:

  1. All selected member states can cut their greenhouse gas emissions to at least 50% below 1990 levels by 2030 (excluding LULUCF), and in some countries up to 77%. Of the seven member states assessed, none have legislated 2030 targets that align with domestic mitigation pathways derived from globally cost-effective 1.5°C pathways.
  2. In national 1.5°C-consistent pathways, rapid deployment of wind and solar enables the power sector to reach near-zero emissions in the 2030s. In all seven member states, coal is phased out of the power sector by 2030. In the most ambitious pathways, fossil gas is phased out between 2028 and 2041.
  3. Widespread electrification is a central component of decarbonisation. Electricity provides 52-73% of final energy in the seven countries in 2050. Electrification allows renewables to displace fossil fuels in the energy mix, but also strongly reduces final energy demand, due to the greater efficiency of electric technologies.
  4. Member states can achieve strong reductions in final energy demand via electrification, efficiency improvements and societal change. Demand-side policies can help accelerate emissions reductions and reduce supply-side challenges, thereby acting as an ‘enabler’ of the 1.5°C energy-system transformation. In the seven selected countries, final energy demand falls by up to 58% in 2050, relative to 2019 levels.
  5. Renewables provide 40-47% of the countries’ final energy demand in 2030, rising to above 90% by 2050. Residual fossil fuel demand is largely concentrated in aviation and nonenergy use, where synthetic fuels and renewable feedstocks represent the main source of competition.


Key milestones in 1.5°C aligned pathways


The policy brief is available for download.

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