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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100% Renewable Energy for all

Press release | 21 September, 2015 at 5:06

Berlin, 21 September 2015 – The investment necessary to move toward 100% renewable energy by 2050 would be more than covered by future savings in fuel costs, according to a ground-breaking new report from Greenpeace, researched in collaboration...

Nationwide demonstrations in Italy join Greenpeace oil rig occupation in Sicily

Press release | 15 October, 2014 at 15:55

Rome, 15 October 2104 - After more than 36 hours of peaceful protest, activists have today ended their occupation of ENI’s oil platform, Prezioso in Sicily where they have been since early yesterday morning. With the banner 'Stop Fossils, Go...

Solar power could supply more than half of global electricity capacity by 2050, says IEA

Press release | 29 September, 2014 at 15:10

Amsterdam, 29 September 2014 - The International Energy Agency has concluded that the various forms of solar power could provide more than half of the world's electricity capacity by 2050, according to a new publication released today. (1) Solar...

­­­­Greenpeace supports solar power energy independence for village in India

Press release | 20 July, 2014 at 9:00

Dharnai/Jehanabad, 20 July 2014 - Today, at a ceremony attended by thousands in a small village in Bihar, India, Greenpeace India and partners BASIX and CEED launched a solar-powered micro-grid that could be a game-changing model for bringing...

UN climate panel says beating climate change is possible and affordable

Press release | 13 April, 2014 at 11:02

Berlin, 13 April 2014 – Fifteen Greenpeace Germany activists demonstrated at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate today urging governments and businesses to deliver “Power to the People – Clean Energy Now” as the world´s leading climate and energy...

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