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

Hinkley subsidy: Outgoing European Commission grants nuclear lobby major victory

European Green Party Co-Chair Reinhard Bütikofer comments on the decision by the European Commission to allow the British government to provide state aid for a new nuclear reactor at Hinkley: “This is an extremely unfortunate decision, and goes in the face of the Commission's own guidelines on state aid to energy companies."


Open Letter to Croatian President Josipović


European Green Party Co-Chair Reinhard Bütikofer, and Green MEP Davor Škrlec (ORaH) have signed an open letter to Croatian President Ivo Josipović, calling project Plomin C, a thermal power plant, to be stopped before irretrievable economical and ecological damage is done in Croatia.


European and Canadian Greens write joint letter on CETA

Together with the Canadian Green Party, European Green Party Co-Chairs Monica Frassoni and Reinhard Bütikofer express their serious concerns over provisions in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) that could undermine the environment, worker's rights, public services and consumer standards, and the democratic fabric upon which our countries are based.


Green Group writes letter of complaint over new commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete

Serious questions have been raised concerning Miguel Arias Cañete’s suitability for the role of commissioner and, in particular, for the Energy and Climate Action portfolio for which he has been proposed.

Press Release

UN Climate Summit: Pledges aren’t enough - we need Europe to take concrete action

Today, more than 120 world leaders are expected to attend the United Nations Climate Summit, aiming to convince governments around the globe to actively work to reduce climate emissions.


Shale Gas

Event date 
Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 09:30 to 17:30

Outline of the conference on Shale Gas, organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Istanbul, Turkey, taking place on 9 November, 2014.


European Greens join the People’s Climate March

The European Green Party supports the People’s Climate March, which will take place in New York and around the world ahead of the UN Climate Summit. This mass movement underscores the need for global action to fight climate change. Simultaneous events are taking place between 19th and 21st September in cities around the world, including most European countries. The European Greens march for the climate, and are joining together with the wider Green family in a common effort to change climate policies.


European Commissions’ energy efficiency targets a weak option

The current European Commission has called for Members States to work towards non-binding 2030 energy efficiency targets of 30%. These unambitious goals are a mistake.


Michael Cramer appointed chair of European Parliament transport committee

The European Parliament has started the process of appointing its leaders. This week, the European Parliament's committees voted to appoint their chairs and vice-chairs.


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