The Energy [R]evolution
The Energy [R]evolution is the practical solution to our energy needs. It offers a sustainable path to quit dirty, dangerous fuels by transitioning to renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The Energy [R]evolution is based on five founding principles:
- Increase human well-being without fossil fuels.
- Fair energy access for all, including the 2 billion people that are left without power in our current fossil-fuel based energy system.
- Respect for natural limits: use no more resources the Earth can provide us and don’t emit more than the Earth and the atmosphere can take back (in particular CO2 emissions).
- Phase out dirty, dangerous fuels like coal and nuclear.
- Use proven, existing renewable energy. Every technology described in the scenario already exists and has been proven to work.
In this scenario, an ambitious energy efficiency program along with massive development of renewable energy happen in parallel, so that by 2050, the global energy system is 95% powered by renewable energy. Energy will move towards a decentralised system using local renewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal.
Click on the image to see how decentralised energy can function.
Click on the image to see how CO2 emissions can be lowered with an Energy [R]evolution.
If governments apply the Energy [R]evolution scenario, it becomes possible to reduce CO2 emissions sufficiently to stop dangerous climate change. It also gives access to electricity to communities who currently don’t have any, ensuring a just and sustainable transition for developing countries. It also provides secure and affordable energy supply to take into account economic growth.
The Energy [R]evolution is also creating a green jobs revolution.
- By 2015 the global power supply sector under the Energy [R]evolution scenario could create up to 4.5 million more jobs than if business continues as usual.
- By 2020 over 8 million jobs in the renewables sector would be created due a much faster uptake of renewables - four-times more than today.
- By 2030 the Energy [R]evolution scenario will create about 12 million jobs - 8.5 million in the renewables sector alone. Without this fast growth in the renewable sector global power jobs would be a mere 2.4 million. By implementing the Energy [R]evolution, there will be 3.2 million more jobs by 2030 in the global power supply sector.
The potential for renewable energy is far beyond what we need. Click on the image to know more.
In the business as usual scenario, electricity supply costs will nearly double by 2020. Unchecked growth in energy demand increases in fossil fuel prices and the cost of CO2 emissions result in total electricity supply costs rising from today’s US$1,450 billion per year to more than US$2,800 billion in 2020, and US$5,300 billion by 2050.
By moving away from fossil fuels and reducing carbon emissions, we can stabilise energy costs for consumers. Between 2015 and 2020, most renewable energy sources become cheaper than coal.
- No more dirty energy: all plans for dirty energy power plants should be scrapped. The world simply cannot afford to go in the wrong direction anymore
- Stop fossil fuel subsidies: coal and nuclear should no longer be encouraged by governments with interest-free loans and massive subsidies.
- Implement feed-in-tariffs: these tariffs should help renewable energy to compete with dirty energy for the first few years they are on the market. After a few years, the feed-in tariffs can end.
- Join the Energy [R]evolutionaries: join the crew of the virtual ship sailing towards a clean energy future
- Spread the word: tell the people you know that a fossil-fuel free future is possible. You can do this any way you want, from tweeting to presenting the full energy [r]evolution to them.
- Implement it: change your light blubs to the energy efficient type, insulate your home better, switch to a green energy supplier if they’re available in your country.
- If you own your roof, install solar panels on it. Research which panels and which orientation are the most efficient to get the most out of your solar panels.
- Ask you politician to follow. Research your representative’s position on energy. If they support coal and/or nuclear as energy sources, write to them (most representatives have their emails on their website) and ask them if they know about the energy revolution. Keep asking them to support renewable energy.