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

European Union should live up to the Nobel Peace Prize by leading on climate change


The Green Party of Ireland has welcomed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union and called on the Irish Government to put climate change at the heart of our Presidency agenda.


Nuclear power referendum Bulgaria

Event date 
Sunday, January 27, 2013 (All day)

Bulgarians go to the polls on January 27, to answer the question, "Should Bulgaria develop nuclear energy through the construction of a new nuclear power plant?”. You can now send your message of support to the Bulgarians, to show that Europe stands besides them.


Referendum Bulgaria on Belene nuclear power plant

Event date 
Friday, January 27, 2012 (All day)

Today, the Bulgarian people will be asked to answer the question in a referendum: “Should Bulgaria develop nuclear energy through the construction of a new nuclear power plant?”.

Transport policy in the Alps

Last October, 19-20, an Ecologists’ Convention on Alpine Crossings was held in Chambéry, France. This event was organised by the European Green Party and three affiliated national parties: “Europe Écologie – Les Verts” (France), “Ecologisti et reti civiche” (Italy), “Les Verts – Die Grüne – I Verdi” (Switzerland). It was supported by the Ecologist group in the European Parliament (“The Greens – European Free Alliance”), and the Ecologist group in the Rhône-Alpes’ Regional Council.


COP 18 - Doha, Qatar

Event date 
Monday, November 26, 2012 (All day) to Friday, December 7, 2012 (All day)

EGP protests detention of anti nuclear activists in Belarus

The EGP has written to Presidents Putin and Lukashenko to protest the treatment of anti-nuclear activists in Belarus.

New Energy Efficiency directive could be significant step


The European Parliament Energy Committee (ITRE) last week endorsed a deal on new EU legislation on energy efficiency and savings. The legislation includes a number of crucial measures that will deliver concrete energy savings. Member states will have to set out a roadmap for achieving energy savings of 80% in the buildings sector by 2050. Energy companies will also be tasked with delivering 1.5% in annual savings across all end-use sectors, even if this obligation was regrettably watered-down by EU governments. Binding financial instruments and better consumer information (such as through the use of smart meters) are among the other detailed measures included, as are demand response measures that will potentially reduce costs of balancing energy and reduce energy bills.

Polish anti-nuclear bus visits Brussels to talk energy


Green and Anti-Nuclear activists from the Baltic coast who had travelled across Europe for the past two weeks arrived in Brussels last week to meet with the various elements of the European Green family and discuss common approaches on energy, and specifically on resisting the use of nuclear power. On Wednesday 11th July they met with Greens/EFA Co-President and long time nuclear campaigner Rebecca Harms, and Green MEP and energy expert Claude Turmes in the European Parliament.

Greens challenging the 'nuclear renaissance' after setbacks in Belgium and Finland


It has been another busy two weeks on the nuclear energy front, as the fallout from the Belgian government's failure to stick to its nuclear phaseout plan continued and the Finnish government faced further costly delays to its proposed expansion of the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant.

FYEG 'celebrate' Rio+20 conference failure


The Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) threw an ironic party for big business interests in front of the Brussels stock exchange in order to "celebrate" the failure of the RIO+20 Environmental Summit. 


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