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COWI will support the EU in meeting CO₂ reduction goal

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​If the EU is to meet its ambitious target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80-95 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050, we need to speed up the development of low-carbon technologies. COWI together with partners will do numerous pre-studies to support the production and promotion of energy from renewable sources.

​As a step towards the 2050 target, the EU set the aim that by 2020 20 per cent of its energy consumption must be met by renewable sources.

Meeting this target while at the same time ensuring a reliable energy supply and securing competitiveness poses a huge challenge. The EU needs to accelerate innovation in cutting-edge low-carbon technologies and innovative solutions, thereby reducing costs rapidly and speeding up the introduction of new technologies on the market.

Together with European partners, COWI has been awarded a framework contract that will support the Energy Directorate of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation in developing policies and programmes to support technological innovation of renewable energy in the EU.

COWI will undertake 15 different studies over a four-year period. The studies will focus on the following specific technologies:

  • Wind power
  • Solar power
  • Bio-energy
  • Geothermal energy
  • Wave energy
  • Smart grid
  • District heating and cooling
  • Alternative propellants
  • CCS (carbon capture and storage).

Looking into strategies and policies that can support innovation within the different technologies is also part of the scope.

Anne Berggren, Chief Market Manager in Bioenergy, explains: "COWI's tasks will mainly be within the field of renewable energy. We will, for example, undertake studies to assess technical, economic and market related prerequisites for different production techniques."

COWI's long experience in planning and construction of large-scale bioenergy and biofuel production plants will be a useful input during the work to create a sustainable and realistic strategy towards reduction of greenhouse gases in the EU. 

Published 21.12.2015

LAST UPDATED: 17.11.2017