4/14/2010

AMO presents vision for a decarbonized European power grid to EU leaders

A quick post just to share what I am reading: AMO presents vision for a decarbonized European power grid to EU leaders.
You will get further information in OMA's website. I will only sum up the content of this news.
Brussels, 13 April, 2010 – AMO, the think tank within the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), has extended its expertise in planning into the design of the future energy infrastructure of the EU as part of Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe. The project, proposing an EU-wide decarbonized power grid by 2050, launches in Brussels today to an audience of European leaders.
 Roadmap 2050 is a project commissioned by the European Climate Foundation. It is based on extensive technical, economic and policy analyses conducted by 5 leading consultanciesImperial College London, KEMA, McKinsey & Company, Oxford Economics and AMO.
What ? 
The project is based on European leaders' commitment to an 80-95 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. The report outlines why a zero-carbon power sector is required to meet this commitment and illustrates its feasibility by 2050, given existing technology. The project then aims to chart a policy roadmap for the next 5-10 years based on the near-term implications of this commitment. Through the complete integration and synchronization of the EU's energy infrastructure, Europe can take maximum advantage of its geographic diversity: by 2050, the simultaneous presence of various renewable energy sources within the EU can create a complementary system of energy provision ensuring energy security for future generations. 
And AMO's contribution is…
AMO contributed to the content development through the production of a graphic narrative which conceptualizes and visualizes the geographic, political, and cultural implications of the integrated, decarbonized European power sector. 
AMO's contribution is based on 2 projects: the first one is the image of Europe exhibition commissioned by the Dutch EU Presidency in 2004. And the second one is Zeekracht a plan that OMA made in 2008 for a ring of offshore wind farms in the North Sea. 
I checked the link roadmap2050 to get further information. You can find information, booklets and video on this project. And you can download OMA's contribution in collaboration with the ECF.

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