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World energy, technology and climate policy outlook 2030 (published in May 2003) – Foreword of Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin
This World Energy, Technology and climate policy Outlook (WETO) link 1 is a clear example of a fruitful collaboration between European researchers (ENERDATA and IEPE in France, BFP in Belgium and IPTS) helping decision-makers to define their long-term policies.
Starting from a set of clear key assumptions on economic activity, population and hydrocarbon resources, WETO describes in detail scenarios for the evolution of World and European energy systems, power generation technologies and impacts of climate change policy in the main world regions or countries. It presents a coherent framework to analyse the energy, technology and environment trends and issues over the period to 2030, focusing on Europe in a world context.
I would like to highlight three of the key results of this work:
The analysis of long-term scenarios and a particular attention to the energy world context, is an important element for efficient energy, technology and environment policies towards a sustainable world.