Energy Revolution Now!

Feature story - October 27, 2008
Greenpeace has published the second edition of the Energy [R]evolution scenario, updated with the latest economic, technical, and population data. The Energy [R]evolution is the only energy scenario that shows how the world can cut emissions, phase out nuclear power, save money, and maintain global economic development without fueling catastrophic climate change. All we need to kick start this plan is bold energy policy from world leaders.

That’s why we prepared this video – to show what a bold approach to tackling climate change would really look like.




The Energy [R]evolution demonstrates how the planet can get from where we are now to where we need to be to avert the worst effects of global warming. The new global energy scenario outlines how carbon emissions from the energy and transport sectors alone can peak by 2015 and be cut by over 50% by 2050. Aggressive investment in renewable power and energy efficiency could create an annual $360 billion industry, providing half of the world’s electricity. Meanwhile, we could slash more than $18 trillion in fuel costs. We could fight economic downturn and climate change at the same time!



The Energy [R]evolution uses a three-step approach:

Step 1: Electrical efficiency

• Exploit all technical potential for electrical efficiency via technical standards.

Step 2: Structural changes

• Change the way we produce energy in large centralized power stations and move towards a decentralized energy system that makes use of locally available energy sources such as wind, sun, or geothermal.


• Implement cogeneration technologies, which reuse the huge amounts of thermal energy that is currently wasted by simply allowing it to escape into the atmosphere via cooling towers.


Step 3: Energy-efficient transport

• Build up efficient public transport systems


• Drastically increase the fuel efficiency of cars, trucks, etc.


Global emissions need to return to current levels by 2020. For this to be achieved, industrialized economies such as the USA, the European Community, and Australia have to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30% below 1990 levels. Developing countries like China and India will have to stabilize CO2 emissions by 2020 and start reducing emissions heading towards 2030 and beyond, while providing a secure and affordable energy supply and, most critically, maintaining steady worldwide economic development.



With today’s economic instability, investing in renewable energy technologies is a ‘win-win-win’ scenario: a win for energy security, a win for the economy, and a win for the climate. While ‘business as usual’ energy scenarios come at the cost of the climate and the economy, the Energy [R]evolution makes a clear case for ‘business as unusual’. The renewable industry is ready and able to deliver the needed capacity to make the energy revolution a reality. There is no technical impediment to doing this, just a political barrier to overcome as we rebuild the global energy sector.




YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN- Join the Energy [R]evolution.

The Energy [R]evolution Scenario provides a practical blueprint for the world’s renewable energy future, and was developed in conjunction with specialists from the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and more than 30 scientists and engineers from universities, institutes, and the renewable energy industry around the world.

We've laid out the blueprint, but it will take all of us working together to make this revolution a reality.


Join the Energy [R]evolution today and help us fight for a sustainable future!



Download the blueprint for an Energy [R]evolution:

Summary (16 pages) | Full report (212 pages)