GTFS: Global Trends and Future Scenarios Index

Power Perspectives 2030: On the Road to a Decarbonized Power Section

The ambition of Power Perspectives 2030 is to analyse what is required between 2011 and 2030 to remain on a secure pathway to a decarbonised power sector by 2050. It attempts to identify the challenges and solutions based on today’s knowledge of the options. The Roadmap 2050 report of 2010 showed that the transformation to a decarbonised and secure power sector is technically feasible at similar overall cost to a non-decarbonised power mix, due to a major shift from operational costs (“opex”) to capital investments (“capex”). An increase in upfront investments is recouped over time by substantial reductions in operating costs. While the 2010 report significantly increased confidence in the feasibility of the 2050 end-goal, it also hinted at the challenges Europe will face in implementation. Power Perspectives 2030 brings more detailed insight into these challenges and the solutions at hand to remain on track towards full decarbonisation by 2050.