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.

The latest updates


Tired of climate doom and gloom? Read this.

Blog entry by Kaisa Kosonen | 7 April, 2014 2 comments

I bet you read the "news" last week. Climate change impacts are now everywhere and it's going to get much worse if we continue polluting our way into the future. It's frustrating. It's infuriating. And it makes you want to switch...

Philipines storm is writing on the wall for climate talk politicians - Greenpeace

Press release | 11 November, 2013 at 10:45

Warsaw, 11 November 2013 – Following the deadly storm which ripped through the Philippines as Governments and NGOs met in Warsaw for the UN Climate Summit, Head of Greenpeace Delegation, Martin Kaiser said:

Greenpeace protests at six coal plants across Poland

Press release | 9 November, 2013 at 20:00

Warsaw, 9 November 2013 – Before the UN climate conference in Warsaw begins, Greenpeace has projected, until early Sunday morning, messages on six coal power plants in Poland to urge the world’s governments to phase out fossil fuels which cause...

Missing a clear road map: thoughts on 'A new global partnership'

Blog entry by Patricia Lerner | 3 June, 2013

I was at the Vienna Energy Forum when the long awaited High Level Panel Report (HLP) on the Post-2015 development agenda was released. In Vienna, one of the sessions was on "Energy in the Post-2015 Agenda" and was moderated by...

Cisco, Google tie for first in latest Greenpeace ranking of IT sector climate leadership

Blog entry by David Pomerantz | 24 April, 2013 5 comments

Can the same people who brought us search engines, Internet-powered smart phones, and the cloud also help us save the planet from climate change? At Greenpeace, we think so, which is why we’ve been pushing the technology sector to...

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