Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook

Feature story - January 25, 2007
Renewable energy, combined with efficiencies from the smart use of energy, can deliver half of the world’s energy needs by 2050, according to one of the most comprehensive plans for future sustainable energy provision, launched today. The report: ‘Energy [R]evolution: A sustainable World Energy Outlook’, produced by the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) and Greenpeace, provides a practical blueprint for how to cut global CO2 emissions by almost 50% within the next 43 years, while providing a secure and affordable energy supply and, critically, maintaining steady worldwide economic development.

A Greenpeace volunteer on top of a wind turbine in Ilocos Norte, around 500 kilometers north of Manila. The 25 megawatt wind farm owned and operated by Danish firm Northwind, is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. According to Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council, the Philippines is poised to become the leading wind power producer in Southeast Asia with potential of up 70,000 MW of clean renewable energy from wind. The value of the global market for wind turbines is predicted to expand from the current 8 billion euros to an 80 billion euro market by 2020.

This report provides a blueprint showing how to apply existing technologies to halve global CO2 emissions by 2050, whilst allowing for an increase in energy consumption. The report is divided into 10 regional reports, with a global summary. It demonstrates how a 'business as usual' scenario is not an option if we are to attain secure and stable energy supply.

Within the next three years, major investment in energy infrastructure will be made in countries around the world. A window of opportunity is opening to say farewell to old, climate changing energy sources and to welcome in a new, more efficient and conflict free energy future.

Download the report and summary documents below, or visit the EREC site for more information and downloads.

Global Report

The global report sets out a blueprint for a sustainable energy future, contrasting a 'business as usual' and a 'smart' energy scenario. The Energy [R]evolution shows how a secure energy future is possible with existing technologies.

The report was commissioned by Greenpeace International and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), and produced by the Department of Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).

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Global Report: Foreword, Executive Summary and Introduction

A summary of the full global report.

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Regional Reports

The global reports have been built on a rigorous foundation of 10 detailed regional reports. Each illustrates how the Energy [R]evolution can be achieved in specific regions of the world. Available from the report site.

Images and Graphs

Selected high resolution images and graphs from the report are available for reproduction from the report site.

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