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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Wind - directly to the consumer

Image | 29 January, 2009 at 12:30

While it might seem less evident for wind than solar, local production of power with wind turbines is also possible. Here, a winery in Australia is powered by a single wind turbine - in fact, it produces 200% of their needs.

Energy [R]evolution vs. IEA World Energy Outlook

Publication | 12 November, 2008 at 0:00

World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2008 for the first time takes the climate crisis really into account and develops two alternative scenarios. While Greenpeace welcomes this approach, the scenarios lack a long-term projection to 2050 and beyond. Both...

Energy Revolution Now!

Feature story | 27 October, 2008 at 15:04

Greenpeace has published the second edition of the Energy [R]evolution scenario, updated with the latest economic, technical and population data. The Energy [R]evolution is the only energy scenario which shows how the world can cut emissions,...

JFK Calls for a Revolution

Video | 27 October, 2008 at 11:29

The Energy [R]evolution is Greenpeace's plan to save the planet from catastrophic climate change.

Energy Revolution 2008 - Executive Summary

Publication | 27 October, 2008 at 0:00

This is a 16 page summary of the report that provides a blueprint showing how to apply existing technologies to halve global CO2 emissions by 2050, whilst allowing for an increase in energy consumption. The report is divided into 10 regional...

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