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

A future without nuclear energy! No further nuclear plants in Switzerland

Every nuclear power plant produces highly radioactive waste that keeps radiating for up to a million years. Human beings have no grasp of such time spans and as of today, no solution for safe disposal of these hazardous wastes has been identified.

European Greens say “No thanks” to Finnish nuclear energy

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The European Greens condemn plans for new nuclear reactors in Finland and give their support to the Finnish Greens in their work for providing more sustainable and responsible energy solutions. The European Greens say "Yes" to renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency, but "No" to outdated, expensive and risky nuclear energy.

The construction of a nuclear power plant in Turkey

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Climate change, targets of CO2 emissions reductions and energy problems are giving an alibi to some countries to recourse to nuclear energy.

The Black Sea Ecosystem is in Danger!

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The Black Sea region is suffering from continuing anthropogenic stress. The intense pollution by the surrounding countries that has now being going on for many decades has taken a heavy toll on the whole ecosystem including quality of the water and the sea-life. Under the current bad environmental conditions more than 160 million people in Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russian Federation, Romania and Turkey are exposed to danger.  Level of the sea water pollution exceeds the ecosystem’s assimilation capability.

Protection of the cave system Križna jama in Slovenia

Subject: Križna jama near Lož, Nova Križna jama and both carstic surface and underground in their hinterland 

“Evropski Zeleni” on the initiative of SMS – “Stranka mladih Slovenije” propound the acceptance of the Resolution of Križna jama cave system protection. The government of the republic of Slovenia has been given a warning to solve the issue.

1. DESCRIPTION OF THE CAVE SYSTEM

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency are to be priorities in National Energy Strategy in Ukraine

Energy Strategy of Ukraine up to the period of 2030 adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on March 15th, 2006, provides intensive development of national nuclear energy sector. The main arguments are so-called “alternativeness” of nuclear power to the fossil fuel (oil and natural gas) technologies and thus strengthening the energy independence of the country.

Biodiversity for life

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We all depend on nature and its variable ecosystems, on the richness of our planet to provide us with goods and services that sustain our lives. The diversity of all living things and their interaction with each other has made our planet a unique and habitable place for humans. This natural diversity has intrinsic value and matters for pleasure, inspiration, or recreation. The extinction of plants and animals is an irreversible loss to humanity.

Arguments for stopping the Gold Corporation of Rosia Montana project

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Economical and social aspects: It is expected that the exploitation of gold and silver is to be carried out for 17 years. That means that at the end of the exploitation period people of this area are to be made jobless again, with many unemployed (and a seriously damaged environment), social problems won’t be solved in the long term.

EU Heads of State and Government undermine efforts to combat climate change

The Conclusions of the European Council which was held in Brussels on 8-9 March 2007 are not enough to save the climate. The EU Heads of State and Governments acknowledge that climate change is a crucial challenge for our society but in practice we risk that they pay this no more than lip service. Both the 2020 unilateral commitment to reduce our emissions in the EU-27 and the package of weak measures in response fail to offer a credible solution to this threat that humanity is facing.

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