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The Energy [R]evolution 2012

The Energy [R]evolution Scenario has become a well known and well respected energy analysis since it was first published for Europe in 2005. In 2012, the fourth Global Energy [R]evolution scenario was published; earlier editions were published in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

The Energy [R]evolution 2012 provides a consistent fundamental pathway for protecting our climate through investment in renewable energy. It's about getting the world from where we are now to where we need to be by phasing out fossil fuels and cutting CO2 emissions while ensuring energy security.

The expert consensus is that this fundamental shift in the way we consume and generate energy must begin immediately and be well underway within the next ten years in order to avert the worst impacts of climate change. The scale of the challenge requires a complete transformation of the way we produce, consume and distribute energy, while maintaining economic growth.

Policy changes

To make the Energy [R]evolution real and to avoid dangerous climate change, Greenpeace, GWEC and EREC demand that the following policies and actions are implemented in the energy sector:

  1. Phase out all subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear energy.
  2. Internalise the external (social and environmental) costs of energy production through ‘cap and trade’ emissions trading.
  3. Mandate strict efficiency standards for all energy consuming appliances, buildings and vehicles.
  4. Establish legally binding targets for renewable energy and combined heat and power generation.
  5. Reform the electricity markets by guaranteeing priority access to the grid for renewable power generators.
  6. Provide defined and stable returns for investors, for example by feed-in tariff programmes.
  7. Implement better labelling and disclosure mechanisms to provide more environmental product information.
  8. Increase research and development budgets for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Energy Revolution is produced together with our partners EREC and GWEC

The latest updates

 

Greenpeace protests at six coal plants across Poland

Press release | November 9, 2013 at 20:00

Warsaw, 9 November 2013 – Before the UN climate conference in Warsaw begins, Greenpeace has projected, until early Sunday morning, messages on six coal power plants in Poland to urge the world’s governments to phase out fossil fuels which cause...

Missing a clear road map: thoughts on 'A new global partnership'

Blog entry by Patricia Lerner | June 3, 2013

I was at the Vienna Energy Forum when the long awaited High Level Panel Report (HLP) on the Post-2015 development agenda was released. In Vienna, one of the sessions was on "Energy in the Post-2015 Agenda" and was moderated by...

Cisco, Google tie for first in latest Greenpeace ranking of IT sector climate leadership

Blog entry by David Pomerantz | April 24, 2013 4 comments

Can the same people who brought us search engines, Internet-powered smart phones, and the cloud also help us save the planet from climate change? At Greenpeace, we think so, which is why we’ve been pushing the technology sector to...

Changing tides - the clean energy alternative becomes the only alternative

Blog entry by Sven Teske | April 24, 2013 2 comments

© Sonja Stark / flickr / CC-BY-SA-2.0 For the first time, we have released an edition of the Energy [R]evolution scenario for Israel that shows how it can move from a marginal player in renewable energy to a more important one. We...

Is wind energy going viral?

Blog entry by Pat C | February 27, 2013 3 comments

February has so far been filled with exceptionally positive news for the wind energy sector. At the beginning of the month, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) released data showing that wind power capacity globally grew 20% in...

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