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


How India’s capital switched on the sun

Blog entry by Ruhie Kumar and Madhulika Varma | 10 June, 2016

Today in Delhi we are celebrating something big! Usually in May and June Delhiites complain of scorching heat and how we are cursed with bad weather, water shortages and power blackouts. The same is true for other big crowded metro...

Three solar power projects where women are taking the lead

Blog entry by Georgie Johnson | 9 December, 2015 1 comment

Forget international climate talks – women around the world are already taking the clean energy transition into their own hands in ways only women can. Yesterday was the third ever 'gender day' at the UN climate talks in Paris...

Shell's not so beautiful relationship

Blog entry by Jess Miller | 30 November, 2015 3 comments

By now, not much that oil companies say or do to profit off outdated fuel sources surprises me. But even if they aren’t surprising, it is still entertaining to watch just how wrong they can get it.   Around the world, renewables are...

100% Renewable Energy by 2050? Why wait?

Blog entry | 29 September, 2015 6 comments

A new Greenpeace report shows how the world can move to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The bad news? It needs political will. The good news? It's already happening! Climate change deniers and investors take note. Renewable...

Renewable energy for all. Is it possible?

Blog entry by Shuk-Wah Chung | 21 September, 2015 1 comment

A world powered 100% by renewables seems like a faraway fantasy. But is it actually possible? "100% renewables!" It's a buzz-phrase that loves being thrown around by environmentalists, passionate protesters and science...

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