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Renewable energy will be cheapest electricity in G20 countries by 2030

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 luglio 2017

amburgoHamburg. Wind energy and solar power will be the cheapest form of power generation in every G20 country by the year 2030 at the latest, a new Greenpeace Germany report has found.Ahead of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, the Greenpeace Germany-commissioned study also found that in about half of the G20 countries, renewable energy has been cheaper or equal in price to electricity generated from dirty coal or hazardous nuclear power plants since 2015.”There can be no excuses anymore. Climate protection increasingly makes economic sense across the G20 as renewable energy becomes cheaper than dirty coal and nuclear,” Greenpeace Germany energy expert Tobias Austrup said.“Any G20 country that is still investing in coal and nuclear power plants is wasting their money on technology that will not be competitive in coming years. The G20 now has a responsibility to send a clear signal that accelerating the clean energy transition is not only the right thing to do for the climate, but also for the economy.”The Finnish Lappeenranta University of Technology study, commissioned by Greenpeace, calculates the electricity generation costs in all G20 countries for the years 2015 and 2030.The study found that wind farms already generate the cheapest form of electricity in 2015 in large parts of Europe, South America, the US, China and Australia. Due to rapid technical progress and falling price, in 2030 solar energy will be so cheap that it will be even cheaper than wind power in many G20 countries. Global investments mirror the results of the Greenpeace study. UN figures reveal that in 2016 investments in renewables were double that of investments in conventional power stations. About 55 percent of the added electricity capacities were based on renewable energies last year – a record figure.
US President Trump, however, is mistakenly promoting coal and nuclear power.”Trump’s energy policy is simply a bad deal,” Austrup added. “The US has excellent conditions for expanding its wind and solar energy capabilities and states like California, Texas or Iowa will not miss this chance.”

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Greenpeace activists in Global Day of Action for future based on renewable energy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 settembre 2015

GP01XT2London. From the waters of the Arctic to the beaches of Indonesia, thousands have been (are) taking part in a Global Day of Action to demand the phasing out of fossil fuels and nuclear energy, and the transition to 100% renewables.
To mark the day, two crew members of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, unfurled a huge banner saying “Act for Climate, Go 100% Renewable”, not far from a seismic vessel which is mapping the Arctic Sea bed looking for more oil. Thousands of miles away, Greenpeace activists in Indonesia held a renewable energy celebration in a village in Jogjakarta, in the shadow of coal-fired power stations.
In France, where the UN climate summit will take place later this year, Greenpeace supporters were in Paris to welcome the arrival of Alternatiba, the grassroots movement for energy transition, whose members have been cycling across France, spreading the message about renewable energy. And in Ungersheim, a village in Alsace, Greenpeace activists from France and Switzerland showed 20 teenagers how to set up a solar PV installation which will supply power for a communal kitchen. Julian Gretsch, Head of Climate Mobilisation at Greenpeace, said: “This Global Day of Action is another demonstration of people power, showing the solution to climate change”. In Chile, a demonstration is due to take place (16 GMT) against a coal-fired power plant at Limache, in the centre off the country, and outside the capital, Santiago. Glaciers in Chile are retreating at a faster and faster rate, because of global warming. “The global climate movement is on the rise. Across the world, people are demanding a just transition to 100% renewable energy for all the middle of the century. It’s time for our political leaders to hear their call and take action,” added Gretsch.Greenpeace activists and supporters in more than 30 countries joined the action, with demonstrations, street theatres and special screenings of Naomi Klein’s new film, “This Changes Everything”. In the Netherlands, the film is being projected on to the side of a coal-fired power plant.The Global Day of Action, under the banner of Actions for Climate, is supported by more than 100 environmental groups across the world, including Coalition Climat 21, CAN, 350.org and Avaaz. It is part of several days of activities inspired by the UN summit on the Sustainable Development Goals, one of which is the need to protect the planet from catastrophic climate change. The way to achieve this is by moving to 100% renewable energy for all by mid-century.This is the second of three Global Days of Action this year, setting the spotlight on Paris, where the UN climate summit will discuss a new climate treaty in two months’ time. Thousands around the world are demanding that the summit agree concrete steps to phase out fossil fuels, and put in a place a mechanism to ratchet up national emissions targets with enhanced commitments every five years. A third Global Day of Action will take place on the eve of the Paris summit, when tens of thousands are expected to march in Paris and other cities around the world, to call for the phase out of fossil fuels by mid-century and the transition to 100% renewable energy for all.

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More than 60 government​s back 100% reliance on clean, renewable energy

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 giugno 2014

climate_changeBonn. During two weeks of UN climate talks in Bonn more than 60 countries expressed their support for phasing out dependence on coal, oil and gas that are driving global warming, and relying instead entirely on renewable energy by the middle of the century. Backing for a transformation of the world’s energy system away from fossil fuels is the first sign that governments may finally be prepared to act on scientific conclusions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that they accepted in April. Martin Kaiser, Head of International Climate Politics for Greenpeace said, “It’s a major breakthrough that almost one third of the world’s governments acknowledge that we have to switch from fossil fuels to clean energy in the space of one human generation. It is achievable – technology isn’t the problem. Governments can and must now act at the national level while they continue to hammer out the details of a binding new international climate treaty.” Despite the growing international enthusiasm for clean energy the Bonn talks ended with little detailed progress being achieved, despite an announcement by the United States that they will limit carbon emissions from coal burning and hopes that China will shortly toughen up its restrictions on coal use. China and the US are the leading carbon polluters. It is now up to Heads of State who have been invited by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for a one-day Climate Summit in New York, in September, to deliver concrete measures against carbon pollution by supporting the drive for clean energy. “In New York, Heads of State must cement the objective that the world´s energy needs must be met by clean, renewable energy by the middle of this century, and give the green light to an action plan,” said Martin Kaiser. “It’s time they stopped subsidising coal, oil and gas companies with taxpayers’ money and instead backed the booming clean energy industry. That’s where new jobs and prosperity will come from.” “France, Germany, Japan, South Korea and other OECD countries must also stop financing foreign coal-fired power plants through development banks and export credits and shift these investments towards renewable energies,” said Kaiser. “Burning fossil fuels not only causes serious air pollution and health problems but is also accelerating global warming. The world`s ice sheets are melting at an alarming rate. Yet Australia, Canada, Japan and Poland want to rely on highly polluting coal-fired power plants and oil for the next few decades,” said Kaiser. “This is madness.”Kaiser said: “If the US, the EU and other rich nations provide the Green Climate Fund with around $15 billion, this will help unlock the climate negotiations.(2) Ensuring that all major carbon polluters including the US, China, India and Brazil table tough medium-term targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by the promised date of March 2015 is also an essential part of the equation.”During the meeting in Bonn, civil society groups criticised the EU’s climate negotiations in Brussels. Martin Kaiser said, “It is ridiculous that leaders like Merkel, Hollande, Tusk and Cameron are proposing weak climate and renewable energy targets while at the same time complaining about Europe’s dependence on imported fossil fuels. Ambitious cuts in carbon emissions based on ramping up renewable energy supply and greater energy efficiency are the key to energy security for Europe, and point the way internationally.”

 

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Climate dialogue

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 luglio 2011

Berlin. After Greenpeace activists unfurled a banner with the words ‘Take leadership to save the climate! Yes, YOU can!’ outside the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Bonn, Germany, Head of Climate Politics with Greenpeace Germany, Martin Kaiser said: “The 35 climate and environment ministers at Petersberg Climate Dialogue today must not be satisfied with simply talking – they need take home inspiration from Germany’s historic decision to phase out nuclear power and embrace renewable energy, and they must take strong leadership before this December’s UN climate meeting in Durban”. “Chancellor Merkel has shown real vision and leadership by taking Germany towards a renewable energy future, but unfortunately, other countries are failing in their responsibilities to prevent catastrophic climate change. The ministers gathered here must listen to Ms. Merkel and come to Durban with strong and lasting commitments which will ensure a radical cut in emissions, and climate financing, which has been long promised for countries on the frontline of climate change”.

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