Greenpeace today released an updated study on sustainable energy that outlines a blueprint for developing a 100 per cent renewable energy supply for the world.
The report, Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook, also shows global CO² emissions can be brought under control and peak by 2015 and help put the world on a path to avoiding catastrophic climate change.
The report was released in Berlin by Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council, with support from the International Trade Union Confederation, in conjunction with the UN climate conference being held in Bonn now. Specialists from the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), the Dutch Institute Ecofys and more than 40 scientists and engineers from universities, institutes and the renewable energy industry around the world developed the report.
The report was released at the UN climate conference in Berlin by Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council, with support from the International Trade Union Confederation. in conjunction with specialists from the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), the Dutch Institute Ecofys and more than 40 scientists and engineers from universities, institutes and the renewable energy industry around the world.
Greenpeace Canada has used the report to develop a briefing note that shows how implementing the Energy [R]evolution could eliminate the need for dirty oil from the Alberta tar sands.
Statement on the Energy [R]evolution and dirty oil by Dave Martin, Greenpeace Canada policy adviser on climate and energy:
"The oil industry keeps telling us that we can't live without the tar sands or deep sea drilling. The Greenpeace Energy Revolution report shows that we have the vision and the technology to break our addiction to dirty oil. We just need the political will to finish the job.
“Our briefing note discusses the point that the International Energy Agency has identified investments in the Canadian tar sands as the most vulnerable to reductions in demand for oil from the business as usual scenario. Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy and energy efficiency along the lines laid out in the Energy [R]evolution scenarios would reduce global oil consumption to a point where there would be no market for high-cost oil from the tar sands.
“There is no future for the tar sands in a world that is taking action on global warming," said Martin. "The good news for Canada, with its wealth of renewable energy resources, is that there are a lot more jobs in stopping global warming than in fueling it."
-- Dave Martin, Greenpeace climate and energy policy advisor.
Download the Greenpeace Canada briefing note
Download The Energy [R]evolution report
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