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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

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Quitting oil

Blog entry by JulietteH | 27 May, 2010 5 comments

On the wake of the Deepwater Horizon, there are calls left, right and centre to increase the security of oil rigs, improve oil spill response and whatnot. This is good, but far from sufficient. What we need to address is the world's...

Energy efficiency, renewable energy

Image | 29 March, 2010 at 18:00

Children join in Earth hour. Behind them, a LED sign, powered by renewable energy, spelling out the words "Renewable Energy".

Reasons to Believe: Lightbulbs

Video | 19 March, 2010 at 16:45

The Energy [R]evolution is Greenpeace's plan to save the planet from catastrophic climate change. Susan Sarandon narrates the first of three 'Reasons to Believe'.

Wind power in Gansu province

Image | 26 February, 2010 at 12:00

Guazhou wind farm near Yumen in Gansu province. China has set a target for renewable energy consumption of 15 percent of the market by the year 2020.

A worker stands between wind turbine rotoors

Image | 26 February, 2010 at 0:00

A worker stands between wind turbine rotoors at Gansu Jinfeng Wind Power Equipment Co. Ltd. in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, China. China has set a target for renewable energy consumption of 40 percent of the market by the year 2050.

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