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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

 

Japan to abandon nuclear plans and embrace renewable energy - who's next?

Blog entry by Jan Beránek | 12 May, 2011 26 comments

On May 10 th , Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan made an incredible announcement – prompted by the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis, Japan, the world’s 3 rd largest economy, is dropping plans to double its nuclear power capacity and...

Choosing safe energy

Blog entry by JulietteH | 27 April, 2011 12 comments

We do not need nuclear energy, coal, or oil to power a modern society. We can actually lead happy, fulfilling lives, in which we don’t ever need to worry about nuclear disasters, the price of gas or climate change. We can switch to...

Hope from Abu Dhabi?

Blog entry by Kaisa Kosonen | 6 April, 2011 2 comments

There’s a new kid in energy town - The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) had its first Assembly in Abu Dhabi this week. When you think of Abu Dhabi you probably think of oil. But this week, the talk of Abu Dhabi was all...

TV Ad for Facebook to Unfriend Coal

Blog entry by Eoin Dubsky | 29 March, 2011 16 comments

Have you seen our new TV ad message to Facebook? We made it using hundreds of photos which supporters posted on our Facebook Unfriend Coal page . Watch the video below, and share it with your friends! This week, it will run...

TEDx: The Energy [R]evolution

Video | 28 February, 2011 at 11:04

Tzeporah Berman, co-head of the climate and energy campaign at Greenpeace International, gives a TEDx talk about the solution to our current and future energy needs.

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