Scenarios about future energy supply are valuable tools for the analysis of global climate protection strategies. Yet many scenarios show substantial differences regarding potentials of renewable energies and energy efficiency measures, their costs and impacts on future energy supply. These differences mainly result from diverging assumptions about potentials and costs of renewables and demand-side efficiency measures. Varying assessments of future options for action substantially hinder the development of internationally agreed climate protection strategies.
This project wants to identify possibilities to harmonise these assessments. Therefore a scientific basis is developed to enable better representation of the application of renewables and energy efficiency measures in global energy scenarios. The Wuppertal Institute will analyse possibilities for energy saving through changed (consumer) behaviour based on existing scenarios.