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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Oily People: Leafleting in Brussels

Image | 16 July, 2010 at 18:01

Oily activists provide leaflets to people passing by the location of a meeting between 18 CEOs from some of the world’s biggest oil companies in Brussels. © Eric De Mildt / Greenpeace

Competitor Comparison: How Google Out-Lobbies Microsoft on Climate

Blog entry by Jodie Van Horn | 16 July, 2010

Can Competition Between IT Companies Stop Climate Change? Competition in the tech industry is notoriously intense. It’s what has driven unparalleled iteration and innovation, spectacular feats of design and function, and the...

Sleeping through the wake-up call

Blog entry by JulietteH | 23 June, 2010 1 comment

As I saw the news this morning that a judge in Louisiana has overturned the moratorium on deepwater drilling, I had the distinct feeling I live on a different planet from that judge. He called the moratorium “arbitrary and capricious”.

Energy Revolution Blueprint Needs IT to Build Sustainable Foundation

Blog entry by Jodie Van Horn | 23 June, 2010 2 comments

On June 9th, Greenpeace and the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) released Energy [R]evolution , a blueprint detailing how we can phase out fossil fuels and transition to a renewable energy...

The energy of the future

Blog entry by JulietteH | 11 June, 2010 1 comment

Make no mistake: the oil spills happening everywhere on this planet, whether in the Gulf of Mexico or in the Niger Delta are symptoms, not the disease. The disease that we're facing is a fossil fuel addiction - an addiction so...

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