OMA: roadmap 2050
apr 13, 2010
OMA: roadmap 2050


diagram showcasing decarbonized grid power distribution

OMA, the research based think tank within the office for metropolitan architecture,
has extended its expertise in planning the design of the future energy infrastructure
of the EU as part of ‘roadmap 2050: a practical guide to a prosperous, low-carbon europe’
the project, proposing an EU-wide decarbonized power grid by 2050, debuts in brussels
today to an audience of european leaders.

‘roadmap 2050′ is commissioned by the european climate foundation and is based on
extensive technical, economic and policy analyses conducted by five leading consultancies:
imperial college london, kema, mckinsey & company, oxford economics and AMO, a dutch
based design and research studio and an architectural counterpart practice to OMA.


according to the ‘roadmap 2050′, 80% CO2 reduction overall implies 90-95% reduction in power, road transport and buildings.
this could be achieved by maximum abatement within and across sectors. the most influential sector will be power and vehicle transportation.
this level of decarbonization is dependent on achieving aggressive 2% year on year energy efficiency savings, without which this level of
abatement is not possible in this model.

the project is based on european leaders’ commitment to a 80-95% reduction in co2
emissions by 2050. the technical and economic analyses outline why a zero-carbon
power sector is required to meet this commitment and illustrate its feasibility by 2050
given current technology. the project then aims to chart a policy roadmap for the next
5-10 years based on the near-term implications of this commitment. through the complete
integration and synchronization of the EU’s energy infrastructure, europe can take
maximum advantage of its geographical diversity. the report’s findings show that by 2050,
the simultaneous presence of various renewable energy sources within the EU can create a complementary system of energy provision ensuring energy security for future generations.

EU-27 total GHG emissions in decarbonized pathway, GtCO2e per year

AMO contributed to the content development through the production of a graphic narrative
which conceptualizes and visualizes the geographic, political, and cultural implications
of the integrated, decarbonized european power sector.


chart showcasing billion barrels of oil equivalent per year

reinier de graaf, OMA’s partner in charge of the project, said ‘in our profession there
is a lot of talk about sustainability, but it is generally only dealt with at the scale of buildings.
this project allowed us to address the issue at an entirely different scale. in the end,
the planning of a trans-national renewable energy grid has a much larger impact and more
widely shared benefits.’
 
the project builds on two foundational AMO projects: the image of europe exhibitions,
commissioned by the dutch EU presidency in 2004 (which included the proposal for
a composite ‘barcode’ EU flag), and zeekracht, a plan made in 2008 for a ring of offshore
wind farms in the north sea.

‘roadmap 2050′ will launch mid-day 13 april in brussels.


comparative chart between existing capacity (2010) and projected capacity (2050) of total transmission requirements
assuming 80% RES & 20% DR


overview of yearly energy balance, 80% RES pathway (TWh per week)

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library