Climate change and energy

Protecting the planet is a core Green value. The way we currently consume and produce energy is changing our global climate, and poisoning the planet for future generations. We are committed to change the way we produce energy to an environmentally friendly alternative, and transitioning Europe's energy towards a sustainable, climate-friendly model.

The Fifth Assessment Report of the United Nations shows how serious the need for action is. Sea levels are rising, storms and droughts are becoming more frequent. Arctic ice and glaciers are melting worldwide. If we don't make drastic changes, climate change will affect us all. The world faces a loss of biodiversity, especially in those ecosystems that have a difficult time adapting to climatic shifts. As temperatures rise, deserts will likely spread. Water, already a scarce resource in some parts of the world, will become even more scarce. Extreme weather events like droughts, storms, and heavy rainfall will increase. While it's bad news for all of us, those in the developing world who have contributed least to climate change, are likely to be affected the most.

The Greens have already succeeded in bringing environmental concerns to the forefront of  European political debate. Now, we have to translate those concerns into lasting and meaningful change. We want a Europe that gets 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. We want to see binding 2030 targets for carbon emissions agreed to, and for Europe to rely fully on renewable energies by 2050. We want to see the European Emissions Trading Scheme made fit for purpose, so that it makes carbon emissions financially punative. We want Europe to be a global leader in international climate diplomacy, advocating for a robust global emissions regime in Paris in 2015.

Nuclear power is not the solution. It is risky and unpredictable. Fukushima and Chernobyl are global catastrophes that must never again be allowed happen. Nuclear energy leaves a legacy of toxic waste for thousands of years.

Fracking for shale gas isn't the answer either. Fracking destroys local water resources, and can increase chances of earthquakes. It's a harmful way to extract fossil fuels. We'll continue to fight against it, and try to ban it across the EU.

Green representatives like Satu Hassi, Bas Eickhout and Yannick Jadot are working to make a climate-friendly Europe a reality.

How can we effectively raise awareness on the issue of climate change? Which local and regional alternatives to our current energy production methods can be used? What can European countries learn from each other to advance their usage of renewable energy?


Recent articles on this theme

COP21: Interview with Christoph Bals


Christoph Bals speaks to us about his expectations for COP21. He is the Policy Director of Germanwatch, a leading German NGO analysing the COP21 process.


COP21: Interview with Åsa Romson


Åsa Romson speaks to us about her expectations for COP21. She is the Green Minister for the Environment and the Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden. 


Dutch NGO Urgenda walks over 500km from Utrecht to Paris for COP21

Green MEPs showed support by meeting the NGO in Brussels and promising to mobilise the necessary political energy.


A handy guide to COP 21 and climate change

Whilst waiting for the Lyon Council, let’s talk about the climate at one of its plenary sessions. 


Co-Chair Monica Frassoni Comments on the EU Ratification of the Paris Agreement


The European Parliament today voted to give its consent to the ratification of the historic Paris Climate Agreement by the European Union


Divest / Invest Conference: The Transition of the Financial Sector Towards a Low-Carbon Economy

In a low-carbon economy money must be invested in Green assets. How would this transition work? A report from the Divest / Invest Conference held in Frankfurt


The #FossilFree2016 campaign at the Green Summer Universities​

The European Green Party and its member parties don’t stop working on a better future just because it’s summer. This calmer time of less day-to-day business is perfect for discussing long-term Green policies and for learning and debating intensively. Therefore, many EGP member parties organise annual “Summer universities” in which all of this is possible. This year, we focused on our Fossil Free 2016 campaign to divest from fossil fuels, with EGP material and staff being present at several member parties’ events.


The EU Must Reset or it Will Stagnate

The Co-Chairs of the European Green Party comment on today’s State of the Union address by the European Commission President 


The Carbon Bubble’s Recognition in EU Law: A Divestment Movement’s Victory


This week we can celebrate a victory: for the first time ever, the EU has recognised the ‘carbon bubble’ issue in its laws, and this has come about thanks to the Greens


Norway's capital votes to reduce climate emissions by 95%

The Norwegian capital of Oslo has voted for a new plan to reduce climate emissions in the city by 95 % by 2030, creating one of the most ambitious climate policies in the world


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