How Can Germany Achieve Net-Zero Emissions? Scenarios for Conversion of Technology, Reduction of Consumption and Carbon Management
In the statement “How can Germany achieve net-zero emissions?” (in German), experts from the Academies project ESYS discuss potential pathways in the transformation to climate neutrality and highlight 22 courses of action for bringing about this change. The analysis at hand elucidates the underlying data, compares important studies on climate neutrality and presents the results of their own modelling.
The meta-analysis focuses, for one, on the possible impact of negative emissions and of the transformation of industry. The ESYS scenarios also calculate the effect that reduced demand for energy services would have on potential pathways to transformation: an important factor that was largely neglected in previous studies. In addition, the calculations show what effect a faster ramping-up of the technology could have on potential pathways in the transformation and what would be required to achieve climate neutrality in the energy sector as early as 2040 or even 2035.
Ragwitz M./ Weidlich, A. et al.: Szenarien für ein klimaneutrales Deutschland. Technologieumbau, Verbrauchsreduktion und Kohlenstoffmanagement (Schriftenreihe Energiesysteme der Zukunft), 2023.