ETC/CME Report 5/2020: A life cycle perspective on the benefits of renewable electricity generation – Methodology and assumptions

16 Dec 2020

This report details the methodology and assumptions for the ETC/CME report: A life cycle perspective on the benefits of renewable electricity generation. In that report, gross avoided potential environmental impacts are estimated for electricity production in the EU-27 in the period 2005-2018. Avoided potential impacts are calculated by comparing the actual data with a counterfactual scenario where electricity production from Renewable Energy Sources is frozen at 2005 levels.

The overall methodological approach to the study is described in this report together with a short  mathematical treatment of the calculation of life cycle indicators and subsequent scaling up to produce the two scenarios required to estimate gross avoided potential impacts. A short overview of data sources used in the study is included as well as a discussion and recommendations for the future.

Prepared by: Evert A. Bouman (Norwegian Institute for Air Research – NILU)

Published by: ETC/CME, December 2020, 25 pp.

Publication number: Eionet report ETC/CME 5/2020