University of Twente Student Theses


Emission reduction in the European electricity sector

Gosch, M.P.I. (2011) Emission reduction in the European electricity sector.

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Abstract:Climate change has become a major concern in the European Union. CO2 reduction in the electricity sector has been incorporated in the European climate protection policy to decrease global warming. In 2007 the Council of the European Union decided to implement the legally binding triple 20 targets to be met by 2020. These include a CO2 emission reduction by at least 20% compared to 1990 levels, an increase of renewable energies up to 20% and a raise of CO2 efficiency to 20%. The first part of this research examines the translation process of European climate protection targets into national legislation and the resulting requirements for the companies. Therefore, the thesis looks at Germany and Sweden and their requirements for big electricity companies like E.ON and Vattenfall to reduce their CO2 emissions. The second part of the research investigates the emission reduction efforts of the German E.ON and Swedish Vattenfall. To do so an Emission Reduction Scheme was developed for this thesis to evaluate on the sufficient or insufficient efforts of the two companies. This thesis concludes that E.ON shows a slightly insufficient and Vattenfall an insufficient effort to reduce CO2 emissions. It also reveals the limits of the European climate protection policy to make the companies pay for their negative externalities.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
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