Energy

Energy - heat and power - underpins our modern way of life, but the world still depends on conventional fossil fuels - oil and gas - which are largely responsible for climate change.

The Green New Deal requires a massive switch to more sustainable energy production, with ambitious targets for the use of renewable energy sources, including 100% use of renewable energy in Europe by 2050.

Nuclear energy is not an answer, as it poses unforeseeable risks and leaves a lasting legacy of toxic waste which will remain a health threat for thousands of years to come.

The Green New Deal advocates a renewable energy revolution which not only dramatically cuts pollution, but would also create new jobs, promote technological change, boost energy security, and protect European industries against future global energy price shocks.

   

The Green New Deal calls, amongst other things, for:

  • strict adherence to the agreed 20% renewable energy share by 2020 and 45% by 2030 as a minimum, and a 100% use of renewable energy by 2050 at the latest;
  • the creation of a European super grid to carry renewable electricity across Europe from where it is generated to where it is needed, and decentralised smart grids to integrate the electricity that people generate at home;
  • strict adherence to the 20% EU energy efficiency target, the adoption of a 40% binding energy savings target to be met by 2030 and a large programme for buildings renovation so that the energy consumption in that sector is divided by 4 in 2050 at the latest;
  • strict EU standards for power plants, so that by 2020 no new coal-fired power plants can be built.