Solutions to climate change

Imagine a world where energy was clean, safe, and secure. A world free of oil spills, coal pollution and risky nuclear power. A world where we did everything possible to prevent further climate change. The good news is this world lies within our reach, thanks to renewable energy. Greenpeace is working to accelerate the leap to a 100 percent renewable energy future — the key to our security and wellbeing.

Why we need 100% renewable energy

Burning fossil fuels — coal, oil and gas — is causing climate change, making us sick, and destroying the lands and oceans we love.

We must completely stop using these dirty and polluting fuels and rapidly shift the planet to energy provided entirely by the sun, wind, and other clean, safe renewable sources.

We know we can do it. Greenpeace's well-known and respected Energy [R]evolution analysis shows a 100 percent renewable energy future is possible.

An efficient, smart energy future

To get to 100 percent renewable energy, we'll also need to do more with less. Greenpeace’s philosophy on energy efficiency is all about intelligent use, to squeeze more out of every bit of energy.

Sustainable, renewable transport to cut out oil

Today about one-quarter of the world’s energy — almost all of it oil products — is used to power transport by road, rail, air and sea. A shift to renewably powered, smart transport is essential to reach our 100 percent renewable energy future.

Renewably powered internet

As more of our economy shifts online, it’s critical to power the internet with renewable energy. We — as informed digital citizens — have the power to demand IT move away from dirty energy sources, and embrace clean, renewable energy instead. The good news is the shift has already begun; find out how!

Let's finance the future we all want

Today, the flow of money to fossil fuel and nuclear projects stands in the way of a clean, safe and secure future for all. Greenpeace's work on finance strives to ensure investors avoid or withdraw from risky, polluting coal mining and oil drilling projects. Instead, we support investment in the secure, clean renewable energy future we all want.

Support climate-friendly refrigeration solutions

F-gases (fluorine gases) are a serious threat to our climate. These synthetic chemicals used to cool our drinks, food, cars, supermarkets and office buildings are extremely potent greenhouse gases. Greenpeace is working to phase them out completely and promote climate-friendly refrigeration solutions.

All we need is political action

Every year more scientists, engineers and activists agree 100 percent renewable energy is not only achievable, it's essential. The barriers holding us back are purely political — not technical or economic. Find out about Greenpeace campaigns for climate solutions in your country and our work to support global agreements for climate action.

False solutions we must avoid

Nuclear power is dangerous, polluting and expensive. Greenpeace was born out of protests to halt nuclear weapons testing, and we've been fighting nuclear weapons and nuclear power ever since. Carbon capture and storage is another false solution to climate change. This costly and unproven technology could undermine efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions. It also diverts precious public funding and investment away from clean, safe renewable energy.

What can you do?

Climate change is a huge global problem, but you can still take important steps to tackle it in your daily life. Choose solutions to suit your lifestyle and your home. You'll save money, energy and time, and make your home more healthy and comfortable.

The latest updates

 

Could 2016 be the year we break free from coal?

Blog entry by Kelly Mitchell | 15 January, 2016 2 comments

We've barely entered 2016, but China and the US the world's largest coal producers have already embarked on sweeping changes to cut out coal. Could 2016 be the year we break free from this dirty fossil fuel? It's the centuries...

Giant sun surrounds Arc de Triomphe as climate talks approach end

Press release | 11 December, 2015 at 13:31

Paris, 11 December 2015 - As the Paris climate conference enters the closing stretch, thirty climate change campaigners have taken to the top of the Arc de Triomphe to push for a renewable energy future. On the traffic circle and the streets...

Greenpeace reacts to new draft deal at Paris climate summit

Press release | 10 December, 2015 at 23:04

Paris, 10 December 2015 - Commenting on the publication at COP21 of a new draft deal, Martin Kaiser, head of international climate politics at Greenpeace, said:

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...

Greenpeace Director: 'India could play an heroic role at the Paris talks.'

Press release | 4 December, 2015 at 9:59

Paris, 4 December 2015 - Kumi Naidoo, the Greenpeace International Executive Director, has published an open letter to Prime Minister Modi expressing sympathy with those affected by the floods in Chennai, and saying the Indian leader could play a...

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