The European Commission has released its latest outlook – the EU Reference Scenario 2016 - which projects energy, transport and greenhouse gas emissions trends in the EU up until 2050.
The Reference Scenario is a projection of where our current set of policies coupled with market trends are likely to lead. The EU has set ambitious objectives for 2020, 2030 and 2050 on climate and energy, so the Reference Scenario allows policy makers to analyse the long-term economic, energy, climate and transport outlook based on the current policy framework.
The Reference Scenario is not designed as a forecast of what is likely to happen in the future. Rather, it provides a benchmark against which new policy proposals can be assessed.
A new feature for 2016 – interactive graphs – can help you to explore the energy, transport and greenhouse gas emissions outlook for the years ahead.