Research at EMF

EMF 28: The Effects of Technology Choices on EU Climate Policy


John P. Weyant - Stanford University

The EMF 28 study is a companion study to the global and US model comparison studies and it focuses on the effect of technology choices and technology availability on climate policy. The EMF 28 study will focus on the European policy context in particular the EU 2020 and 2050 climate targets.

Potential key research questions are:

  • What would the EU energy system transition look like to meet EU emissions reductions goals in 2020 and 2050, as laid out in the EU climate and energy package (20% emissions reductions, 20% renewable energy; 20% PE demand reduction) and the 2050 roadmap of the EC? What is the interplay between the 2020 and 2050 targets? 
  • What are the implications and interactions of the mix of economic and regulatory instruments that are proposed to achieve the emissions targets?
  • How might technological improvements and technological availability influence the answers to both of the above questions? 

The study is also motivated by a desire to more clearly articulate the technology assumptions in models as one means to understand differences in model behavior.