The first weekly guest post on Clean Break comes today from green energy advocate Keith Stewart, a former climate campaigner with WWF-Canada and co-author of a recent Greenpeace Canada report on how to dramatically transition the country’s economy from fossil fuels to clean energy.
Want an Energy Revolution? There’s an app for that.
It won’t come as a surprise to anyone reading this blog that renewable energy technology is moving into the mainstream. Or that a rapid transition to a more efficient economy powered by renewable energy can create good, green jobs while helping stop global warming.
But just how fast can we make this transition? This is a question that Greenpeace and the world’s largest industry association for renewable energy, the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), have been working on for the last five years in collaboration with the Institute of Theoretical Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Centre and dozens of renewable energy industry experts.
The third edition of the global Energy [R]evolution came out in June, and Greenpeace Canada published the second edition of a Canadian Energy [R]evolution last week, just as the debate on developing a national energy strategy in this country started heating up.
The Canadian report makes the case for pursuing an energy revolution in Canada that would cut our primary energy demand in half, and get three quarters of that energy from renewable sources by 2050 (up from 15 per cent today), while cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 95 per cent. This stands in stark contrast to the federal government’s Energy Superpower strategy, anchored in what Prime Minister Harper has called “an ocean of oil-soaked sand.”
In releasing the report, Christine Lins, Secretary-General of the European Renewable Energy Council said: “Canada has vast renewable energy potential that can replace expensive and unsustainable fossil fuels and nuclear. The renewable industry is ready and able to deliver the needed capacity to make the energy revolution a reality. There is no technical impediment, only political barriers to rebuilding the global energy sector.”
But if you don’t want to wade through the hundreds of pages of thrilling technical data, there’s always the Energy [R]evolution iPhone app (iTunes required) that will show you how the world can get from where we are today to where we need to be in the future in terms of phasing out fossil fuels, cutting CO2 emissions while ensuring energy security, bringing energy to an extra 2 billion people who currently have no access to electricity, and creating millions of green collar jobs. And make Canada a better place for our kids.
Co-author of Greenpeace Canada’s Energy [R]evolution report