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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Copenhagen Climate Summit
Greenpeace Demands

Publication | 27 May, 2009 at 12:58

2009 will see an intensive round of international negotiations, culminating in the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in December as governments thrash out a deal to combat climate change. This represents the best chance we have of reversing...

The Greenpeace Climate Vision
Background Note No. 1 - The Energy Sector

Publication | 27 May, 2009 at 0:00

Background documentation supporting the Greenpeace Climate Vision.

Andasol Solar Power Station in Spain

Image | 7 May, 2009 at 11:30

Concentrated solar power can also be stored long enough to produce electricity at night, like the Andasol plant does in Spain.

Concentrated solar power

Image | 7 May, 2009 at 11:00

Concentrated solar power, less known can also provide power for large communities. By concentrating the solar heat on one point with large mirrors, it heats the top of the tower to temperatures hot enough to melt steel. The heat is then used for...

Power to 2 billion people

Image | 31 March, 2009 at 15:00

The Energy [R]evolution can bring quick access to power for the two billion people our current energy system leaves behind. Greenpeace provided solar panels for a school in India that was without power. These young girls' class was supposed to be...

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