The Energy [R]evolution offers a sustainable path to quit dirty, dangerous fuels by transitioning to renewable energy and energy efficiency.
"The Energy [R]evolution 2012 provides a consistent fundamental pathway for protecting our climate through investment in renewable energy. It's about getting the world from where we are now to where we need to be by phasing out fossil fuels and cutting CO2 emissions while ensuring energy security."
"The expert consensus is that this fundamental shift in the way we consume and generate energy must begin immediately and be well underway within the next ten years in order to avert the worst impacts of climate change. The scale of the challenge requires a complete transformation of the way we produce, consume and distribute energy, while maintaining economic growth."
Policy change demands:Phase out all subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear energy.Internalise the external (social and environmental) costs of energy production through ‘cap and trade’ emissions trading.Mandate strict efficiency standards for all energy consuming appliances, buildings and vehicles.Establish legally binding targets for renewable energy and combined heat and power generation.Reform the electricity markets by guaranteeing priority access to the grid for renewable power generators.Provide defined and stable returns for investors, for example by feed-in tariff programmes.Implement better labelling and disclosure mechanisms to provide more environmental product information.Increase research and development budgets for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
“will we look into the eyes
of our children and confess
that we had the opportunity,
but lacked the courage?
that we had the technology,
but lacked the vision?”