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The Energy Roadmap 2050, published on the 15 December 2011, goes beyond the 2020 goals set out in the Energy 2020 communication and provides an analysis of the long term energy policy orientations. The Energy roadmap follows on the Roadmap for moving to a low-carbon economy in 2050, which is part of the EU2020 Resource Efficient Europe flagship initiative. The Low-carbon roadmap shows the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. 

The Energy roadmap received mixed reactions, from welcoming the strong emphasis on renewables and energy efficiency to the insistence that milestones and interim 2030 targets to decarbonise the energy sector must be included. More explicit references to 2030 milestones in an earlier version of the Roadmap were removed in the final text. The Roadmap has also been…

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