The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) is a collaborative global research initiative convened under the auspices of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

Its goal is to understand how individual countries can transition to a low-carbon economy consistent with the internationally agreed goal of limiting anthropogenic warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (°C). Staying within this limit requires global net emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) to approach zero in the second half of this century. This will entail, more than any other factor, a profound transformation of energy systems, through steep declines in carbon intensity across all sectors, a transition we call “deep decarbonization”.

The DDPP consists of research teams from 16 countries representing 74% of current global CO2 emissions from energy: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, United Kingdom, and United States. The teams consist of scholars from leading research institutions in their respective countries, who are acting independently and do not represent the official positions of their national governments.

The research for the Country Report for Italy “Pathways to deep decarbonization in Italy” was conducted jointly by teams at the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) and the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM).

Pathways to deep decarbonization in Italy” contributes to the national debate on climate-change mitigation, and the importance of deep decarbonization, by examining three alternative pathways that could reduce Italian CO2 emissions by at least 40% in 2030 and 80% in 2050, compared to 1990. It analyzes the challenges the Italian energy system faces, and possible future technological developments that will need to be pursued, and answers four key questions:

  • What are the key challenges and uncertainties that Italy needs to address and overcome to foster a deep decarbonization process?
  • What will the impacts of deep decarbonization be on the energy system, the economy, and society? What will the related investment costs be? What will the impacts be on income and employment?
  • Are currently available technology options sufficient to achieve this target?
  • What policy support will need to be established to successfully achieve deep decarbonization?

Find out more about the report here.

In the run up of the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21), on October 26th, 2015, the report “Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in Italy” will be presented at the Enea headquarters in Rome.


If you would like to attend, given the limited availability of seats, we kindly ask you to confirm your presence here.