The PAC Project - Paris Agreement Compatible Scenarios for Energy Infrastructure

The PAC Project is an RGI-led project aiming to provide a platform for greater involvement of civil society in energy system planning, unite stakeholders around the need for high-RES energy scenarios and produce a Paris Agreement-compatible scenario for European energy infrastructure to guide planning towards a renewables-based energy system.

The transformation of the energy system has an impact on all areas of human life. In addition to personal energy consumption and mobility, natural resources, landscape, flora and fauna are also affected. Building on RGI's work on Future Scenario and Modelling Exchange, the PAC Project aims to provide a platform for a deeper exchange of civil society and energy system experts from industry and academia to think about an energy system for the future and the consequences of choices and preferences. In doing so, it has brought the quality of cross-sectoral engagement, for which the Renewables Grid Initiative stands, to new heights. The project is run by a civil-society based consortium, made up of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), RGI and REN21 and is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Concretely, the PAC Project has four main objectives:

1) Review the TYNDP scenarios and assumptions

2) Develop a Paris Agreement compatible energy scenario for Europe

3) Work with energy modellers to share knowledge and improve capacity

4) Raise global awareness about the importance of grids and collaborative scenario development

The PAC Scenario was published in our virtual launch event on 30 June and is now available online. At this event, we discussed the scenario, how its genesis makes it different from existing scenarios largely based on renewables and what its political implications are in a two-hour interactive virtual event.

Furthermore, on the event of the Scenario launch, a broad coalition of actors from across the European energy landscape signed the ‘Request to Adapt European Energy Planning Scenarios that calls for the inclusion of a scenario into the Ten Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) process with a very high renewable energy share. If you are interested to find out more about the request and potentially sign it, please get in touch with RGI’s Deputy CEO Antina Sander (

This page aims to give an overview of core activities of the project. For more extensive information on the project, its background, TYNDP review process and more, please visit the PAC website.

The PAC Scenario

Under the umbrella of the PAC project and with input from the below-mentioned workshop threads, CAN Europe and the EEB are developing a Paris-Compatible energy scenario for Europe. The PAC Scenario represents the first time that a broad community of European NGOs has agreed on a common energy scenario. It is guided by three goals:

•    100% renewables in Europe by 2040 in all sectors
•    A 65% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
•    Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040

For more information on the PAC Scenario, visit the 'Scenario Development' page on the PAC website.

Workshops and civil society exchange

At the core of the PAC Project are a dual-stream of workshops, which bring together diverse stakeholders from civil society with input from industry representatives and technical experts, with a view to better understand what a Paris compatible energy scenario for Europe could look like. The workshops also act as an important forum for organisations working on energy and climate issues to exchange ideas and to grow our collective knowledge. These workshops and further bilateral exchanges were central in the development of the PAC Scenario, as knowledge gained from the approx. 150 stakeholders involved fed directly into the scenario development.

Scenario workshops allowed participants to discuss assumptions on energy generation mix, consumption patterns, prices, technology development (among others) to develop a robust PAC scenario. The workshops were primarily aimed at civil society representatives with expert inputs from industry, academia and the policy sphere.

Modellers’ exchange workshops brought together experts from the modelling community and stakeholders with a strong interest in modelling. Each workshop focussed on a distinct challenge in modelling a future energy system and discussed how different modellers deal with new complexities in their work.

For more information on these workshop threads, including all presentations from the events, visit the 'Workshops' page of the PAC website.


Antina Sander
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