IIASA researchers are using the GAINS climate model to support the European Commission’s effort to reduce greenhouse gases by 20 percent and significantly increase renewable energy use in Europe by 2020.
In 2008, the European Union has agreed to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent in 2020 compared to 1990. The proposal also set a goal of increasing renewable energy’s share in the overall energy mix to 20 percent by 2020.
In support of that effort, IIASA is using its GAINS model to estimate the costs and potential of further mitigation measures of non-CO2 greenhouse gases, and the co-benefits of climate mitigation strategies on air pollution in Europe.
Inter alia, IIASA analyses have been used to support the following policy proposals of the European Commission:
- The EU Energy and Climate Package
- the EU Roadmap for moving to a low-carbon economy in 2050
- Communication of the European Commission on Options to move beyond 20% greenhouse gas emission reductions
Currently, the GAINS model is used to estimate provide mitigation potentials for non-CO2 gases in the EU Member States to inform the European Commission about the options for further emission reductions in Europe.