D3.9 Report on decarbonisation in the transport sector

Summary

The INNOPATHS project is using an intensive process of stakeholder engagement and co-design in order to inform the development of technologically-detailed decarbonisation pathways for Europe out to 2050. Building on the stakeholder-developed narratives, state-of-the-art energy-economy-transport models will develop quantitative scenarios leading towards low-carbon transformation pathways. In addition, sector-specific tasks focus on improving the model representations of the transition dynamics in specific energy demand and supply sectors, including technology parameterization, demand evolution and enrichment of representation of sector-specific policies and measures.

This deliverable presents a series of research papers which provide insights on how the overall EU transport sector can drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) until 2050 and analyse the influence of technological progress and specific transport policies for decarbonising passenger and freight transport. The analysis is not limited to the long-term developments, but also considers the mid-term developments (up to 2030) that need to take place to pave the way towards the restructuring of the transport sector towards decarbonisation (for instance technology development, infrastructure building and setting policies). In this respect, we present case studies in which we explore how the transition towards low-carbon transport technologies can take place, already in the decade 2020-2030. Finally, the research papers present new model enhancements, which allow an improved representation of policies and new technologies and fuels (as well as their impacts) in the context of drastically reducing transport CO2 emissions by 2050.