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

 

Greenpeace urges G8 to take a safe bet on renewable energy instead of gambling with...

Press release | 25 May, 2011 at 11:36

Deauville, France, 25 May 2011 -- Greenpeace urged heads of state attending this week’s G8 summit to choose public health over private profit by backing a secure future powered by renewable energy. The international environmental organisation is...

Solar photovoltaic on the brink of economic breakthrough

Press release | 2 February, 2011 at 10:38

Brussels, Belgium, 2 February 2011: Global investments in solar photovoltaic (PV) technology could double from €35-40 billion today to over €70 billion in 2015, according to a study published today by the European Photovoltaic Industry...

G20: Seoul consensus fails to commit to energy revolution

Press release | 12 November, 2010 at 10:16

Seoul—12 November 2010—The G20 has once again failed to take the path of green development that the world economy and the environment desperately needs, Greenpeace said today.

Energy [R]evolution release

Press release | 7 June, 2010 at 12:06

Berlin, 7 June 2010 – The renewable power industry could support 8.5 million jobs by 2030 (1), if governments seize the opportunity to invest in a greener future, according to one of the most comprehensive plans for future sustainable energy...

Greenpeace: 'Smart Grids' – climate infrastructure for the 21st century

Press release | 4 February, 2010 at 0:00

There's no need to worry that renewable energy can't keep the lights on, concludes a new study by Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC).

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