Europe’s energy crossroads

Europe's energy policy is at a crossroads. Its grid infrastructure and many power stations are ageing and major investment decisions are being taken. Important issues are at stake; energy security, stability of supply, growing demand, the risks of nuclear power, employment opportunities for thousands and the urgent need to cut emissions and head off climate change. An answer delivering sustainable, cost-effective and secure energy is within reach: energy savings and renewable power.

An offshore windfarm in Danish waters. With the right power grid, Europe could efficiently channel large amounts of wind power south and solar power north to balance supply and demand.

An increasing number of European businesses, organisations, politicians, cities and regions subscribe to the vision of a 100 percent renewable energy supply by 2050. The Energy [R]evolution study demonstrates how Europe can achieve the necessary transition. However, its realisation relies on political decisions at European and member state level. Greenpeace is focussing on the following policy fields:

A 100 percent renewables pathway
The EU is developing an energy roadmap leading to 2050. Greenpeace urges decision-makers to strive for an efficient and fully renewable energy supply, one that would enable Europe to achieve its emissions reduction target of 80-95 percent by 2050, while supporting a flourishing economy and delivering affordable energy to its people.

A 21st century electricity system
Europe's electricity networks and market rules suit large, centralised fossil and nuclear power stations. The system is inefficient, inflexible and threatens the climate. To enable the cost-effective integration of increasing shares of renewable energy and to reap efficiency and cost benefits from market integration, Europe has to upgrade and smarten its electricity infrastructure and the way it is operated. As the EU is developing different policy initiatives and an upcoming infrastructure regulation, Greenpeace’s Battle of the Grids report demonstrates what infrastructure improvements are necessary.

 

Phasing out fossil and nuclear energy
Dirty and dangerous nuclear and fossil fuel power sources are not compatible with a safe, secure and climate-friendly energy system and should be phased out. This is why Greenpeace is working to make the nuclear industry reduce its risks and pay its own costs in full. The EU should draw lessons from the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters, cease subsidies for nuclear energy and tailor its proposed nuclear waste directive to discourage the production of more radioactive waste while properly taking care of existing wastes.

Greenpeace opposes all fossil fuel subsidies, including those for experimental carbon capture and storage technology, a highly expensive distraction from investment into proven renewable technologies.

The latest updates

 

Europe must reconnect with its people and values

Press release | June 28, 2016 at 11:36

Brussels - Solidarity, sustainability and peace are the answers to today’s challenges, said Greenpeace as EU leaders meet in Brussels today to discuss the aftermath of the UK referendum.

Greenpeace comment on Commission’s proposal to fund nuclear research

Press release | May 17, 2016 at 10:30

Brussels – Following 'Der Spiegel' article [1] about a leaked new EU proposal to fund nuclear energy research, Greenpeace EU energy policy adviser Bram Claeys said:

Flawed Commission analysis backs new subsidies for obsolete power plants

Press release | April 13, 2016 at 14:13

Brussels – The European Commission today published preliminary findings of its inquiry into public funding schemes for power plants, known as “capacity mechanisms”. The seriously flawed analysis backs these subsidies, which use taxpayers’ money...

Environment ministers surprise Commission with support for higher EU 2030 carbon target

Press release | March 4, 2016 at 14:46

Brussels, 4 March 2016 – Environment ministers meeting in Brussels today have joined calls for the EU to increase its 2030 carbon target. On Wednesday, the European Commission failed to recommend a review of the EU’s target to match commitments...

CETA: fake new approach on investment protection

Press release | February 29, 2016 at 18:00

Brussels – Today, the European Commission and Canadian government agreed to include a new approach on investment protection and investment dispute settlement in the EU-Canada comprehensive economic and trade agreement (CETA).

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