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DOI 10.1029/2021EF002324
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Title (Primary) Net-zero CO2 Germany - A retrospect from the year 2050
Author Mengis, N.; Kalhori, A.; Simon, S.; Harpprecht, C.; Baetcke, L.; Prats, E.; Schmidt-Hattenberger, C.; Stevenson, A.; Dold, C.; El Zohbi, J.; Borchers, M.; Thrän, D.; Korte, K. ORCID logo ; Gawel, E.; Dolch, T.; Heß, D.; Yeates, C.; Thoni, T.; Markus, T.; Schill, E.; Xiao, M.; Köhnke, F.; Oschlies, A.; Förster, J.; Görl, K.; Dornheim, M.; Brinkmann, T.; Beck, S.; Bruhn, D.; Li, Z.; Steuri, B.; Herbst, M.; Sachs, T.; Monnerie, N.; Pregger, T.; Jacob, D.; Dittmeyer, R.
Source Titel Earth's Future
Year 2022
Volume 10
Issue 2
Page From e2021EF002324
Language englisch
Topic T5 Future Landscapes
Keywords Net-Zero; Carbon dioxide removal; Negative emissions; Mitigation; Nature-based solutions; Geological storage
Abstract Germany 2050For the first time Germany reached a balance between its sources of anthropogenic CO2 to the atmosphere and newly created anthropogenic sinks. This backcasting study presents a fictional future in which this goal was achieved by avoiding (∼645 Mt CO2), reducing (∼50 Mt CO2) and removing (∼60 Mt CO2) carbon emissions. This meant substantial transformation of the energy system, increasing energy efficiency, sector coupling and electrification, energy storage solutions including synthetic energy carriers, sector-specific solutions for industry, transport and agriculture, as well as nature-based and technological carbon dioxide removal. All of the above was necessary to achieve a net-zero CO2 system for Germany by 2050.
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Mengis, N., Kalhori, A., Simon, S., Harpprecht, C., Baetcke, L., Prats, E., Schmidt-Hattenberger, C., Stevenson, A., Dold, C., El Zohbi, J., Borchers, M., Thrän, D., Korte, K., Gawel, E., Dolch, T., Heß, D., Yeates, C., Thoni, T., Markus, T., Schill, E., Xiao, M., Köhnke, F., Oschlies, A., Förster, J., Görl, K., Dornheim, M., Brinkmann, T., Beck, S., Bruhn, D., Li, Z., Steuri, B., Herbst, M., Sachs, T., Monnerie, N., Pregger, T., Jacob, D., Dittmeyer, R. (2022):
Net-zero CO2 Germany - A retrospect from the year 2050
Earth Future 10 (2), e2021EF002324 10.1029/2021EF002324