The Energy [R]evolution 2015

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 2015, the fifth Global Energy [R]evolution scenario was published; earlier editions were published in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012.

This is the year when the fight against climate change could take a dramatic turn. The conference in Paris in December presents political and business leaders with the opportunity to take the critical decisions needed if we are to keep average temperature rises to no more than 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius. According to the IPCC, humankind cannot emit more than 1,000 giga-tonnes of CO2 from now, if we are to stay within this limit. At the current and projected rate of consumption, this entire carbon budget will be used by 2040.

Dynamic change is happening in energy supply, but the change needs to happen faster. this Energy [R]evolution scenario proposes a pathway to a 100% sustainable energy supply, ending CO2 emissions and phasing out nuclear energy, and making redundant new oil exploration in the arctic and deep sea waters such as off the coast of Brazil. It also demonstrates that this transformation increases employment in the energy sector.

What is required is for the political will to be there.

Greenpeace has been publishing its Energy [R]evolution scenarios since 2005, more recently in collaboration with the scientific community, in particular the German Aerospace Centre (DLr). While our predictions on the potential and market growth of renewable energy may once have seemed fanciful or unrealistic, they have proved to be accurate. the US-based Meister Consultants Group concluded earlier this year that "the world's biggest energy agencies, financial institutions and fossil fuel companies for the most part seriously under-estimated just how fast the clean power sector could and would grow". It wasn't the IEA, Goldman Sachs or the US Department of Energy who got it right. It was Greenpeace's market scenario which was the most accurate.

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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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