Nordic Clean Energy Scenarios

Nordic Clean Energy Scenarios aimed to identify and help prioritise – through scenario modelling – necessary actions up to 2030 and map potential long-term pathways to carbon neutrality, and thereby support the Nordics joint Declaration on Carbon Neutrality. This work is both timely and important, considering that energy-related emissions make up almost four-fifths of Nordic emissions today.

On January 25th, 2019, the prime ministers of the Nordic countries signed the Declaration on Nordic Carbon Neutrality in which they commit themselves to working towards becoming a carbon neutral region.

This project guides you through the Nordic energy system and illustrates how the Nordic countries can achieve the Nordic Vision 2030, to become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world, and make the green transition towards carbon neutrality a reality.

The project builds on earlier Nordic Energy Research efforts. The Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives reports were published in 2013 and 2016 and drew on the best available knowledge at the time. However, the rapidly changing landscape of the energy sector has seen cost declines for energy technologies that were unimaginable a few years ago, while ambitions to curb climate change have risen around the world. These developments have changed the prospects for certain technologies and the energy system, highlighting the need for an updated analysis.

While previous reports analysed added costs and changes incurred from increased climate ambitions, the three Nordic Clean Energy Scenarios presented here reach carbon neutrality through different technological and societal pathways, illustrating how political choices can shape the future of the Nordic energy system.

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Five solution tracks leading to Nordic carbon neutrality

If the Nordic countries are to reach their climate targets the rate of emission reductions must increase fivefold compared with the previous decade. Stronger grids, increased flexibility, large scale deployment of wind and solar energy, electrification of transport and CCS are all decisive factors to reach Nordic targets.

18 okt 2021

Scientific input to the political debate on a carbon neutral Nordic region

–Our aim is to show how the Nordic countries can become carbon neutral and what that means for different sectors, says Energiforsk´s CEO Markus Wråke, project manager of the Nordic Energy Scenarios 2020 consortium.

4 mar 2020

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