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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

 

Changing tides - the clean energy alternative becomes the only alternative

Blog entry by Sven Teske | 24 April, 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 | 27 February, 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...

Google grants over $2 million for energy policy reform

Blog entry by David Pomerantz | 15 January, 2013 2 comments

Google has begun 2013 with announcements of two significant investments to advance the future of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States. Marking a significant new milestone in its clean energy advocacy efforts,...

2013: Boom or bust year for the energy revolution?

Blog entry by Sven Teske | 13 January, 2013 23 comments

For many energy experts around the world, the New Year starts this coming week in Abu Dhabi at the World Future Energy Summit. This year, the summit is coupled with two political conferences dedicated to renewable energy: the...

Climate change is now reality; Doha talks must spark clean energy revolution

Press release | 26 November, 2012 at 7:03

Doha, November 26, 2012 - As governments meet for climate talks in Doha, Greenpeace warned on Monday that they must wake up to the reality that climate change is already gripping the planet and take urgent action to avoid catastrophic global warming.

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