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This report aims at identifying effective technical measures for mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the EU, particularly in view of complying with the Kyoto Protocol commitments. Fossil fuel combustion is the largest single contributor to the greenhouse effect, and technological measures to reduce emissions from power generation have the greatest impact, both in terms of their efficiency and of the volume of the reduction potential. These measures aim at increasing the thermal efficiency, through the use of clean combustion technologies and combined cycle operation. In order to quantify CO2 emission reduction costs for a number of thermal power generation technologies, a spreadsheet programme has been developed that allows calculation of the levelised electricity generation and the specific CO2 reduction costs. In combination with quantitative assessments of the emission reduction potential offered by different technology options, a marginal cost abatement curve for the energy supply sector in the EU has been established and compared to projections from other studies.

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Authors: STEEN M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Advanced Materials, Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19754 EN (2001), pp.61. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
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