We couldn’t possibly survive without oil, coal and gas, right?
Wrong. Renewable energy sources are a viable alternative, and the world is already turning towards new, clean, sustainable energy sources.
New renewable energy electricity investments have surpassed oil, coal and gas for the first time in history.
Now is the time to consign fossil fuels to the history books.
100% possible: renewables can meet all our energy needs
Clean energy is already here. The technology to produce energy from the sun, the wind and the Earth’s heat is already here. Tomorrow’s energy is here, today.
We commissioned Ecofys – a respected energy consultancy – to assess the potential of renewables to meet the world’s energy needs.
Based on existing technologies and using realistic projections, Ecofys established that, by 2050, we could supply everyone on the planet with the energy they need, with 95% of this energy coming from renewable sources.
Fossil fuels: nearly extinct?
Supplies of cheap, conventional oil and gas are declining while our energy demands continue to increase.
If everyone consumed as much energy as the average Singaporean and U.S. resident, the world’s oil reserves would run out in 9 years. That’s based on estimates of proven oil reserves. Many of these oil reserves are located in the world’s most pristine places such as tropical rainforests and the Arctic.
But fossil fuels are not the only energy in town.
Instead of going to ever greater lengths to extract fuels which pollute our environment and warm our climate, why don’t we begin a complete transition to the clean, sustainable energy sources which are viable today?
Now is the time to shift to renewables
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that approximately $3.7 trillion or more must be invested in renewable energy from 2011-2020 to stay within 2°C, the accepted limit for dangerous climate change.
The numbers are staggering but the total yearly investment needed to move us toward the 2°C threshold represents approximately 1% of the overall annual global energy market.
There’s an estimated gap of $220 billion above business-as-usual-investments in renewable energy needed by 2017.
Renewable energy is gaining ground, but time is short and greater investment in renewables is needed now.
Seize Your Power
You can help tip the balance towards renewable energy.
Sign the pledge and ask governments, financial institutions and investors to stop business-as-usual investments in toxic fossil fuels, and commit to the future of energy.