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

 

VW exercises its darkside at car industry meeting

Video | December 5, 2011 at 17:21

The chief executives of Europe’s biggest car companies being confronted by Greenpeace activists as they gathered for a meeting to decide their EU lobbying strategy.

Greenpeace blocks Europe's premier business summit to climate laggards

Video | May 19, 2011 at 10:42

Over 170 Greenpeace activists blocked business representatives from entering a European Business Summit: 'Europe in the world: leading or lagging?'. The activists locked themselves to doors, denying entry to delegates from companies that oppose...

Radioactive waste delivered to European Parliament

Video | October 7, 2010 at 16:32

Two qualified Greenpeace radiation specialists delivered four radioactive samples in two concrete and lead-lined containers to Parliament’s twin entrances on Rue Wiertz. Dozens of trained Greenpeace volunteers zoned off areas with tape before...

Radioactive waste delivered to European Parliament

Video | October 7, 2010 at 16:22

Together with two radiation specialists they have delivered samples of radioactive waste in two concrete and lead-lined containers collected from unsecured public locations in UK, France, Belgium and Niger to the door of EU Parliament to remind...

Spoof newspaper sees rosy climate future

Video | June 27, 2009 at 15:04

It is an optimistic fairy tale of how at the United Nations’ Climate Change Summit next December in Copenhagen, leaders set aside their national interests and work together to save the climate, a story made of satire and hope, about how civil...

1 - 5 of 8 results.

Categories