100% Renewable Energy is Reality Today

The Global 100% RE Platform is the first global initiative that advocates 100% renewable energy (RE). It steers the global discourse on renewable energy towards 100% RE as the new normal. It was established to build on projects and activities already taking place on national, regional and local levels, helping to raise awareness and draw attention to these. The Platform was established as a non-governmental organization (NGO) by several other NGOs, research institutes and associations of renewable energy, it is a unique global alliance that stimulates cooperation.

Context  

100% renewable energy for the world – implemented in close conjunction with energy efficiency and energy conservation –is technically doable, economically an advantage and socially a better path. Communities, regions, islands and countries across the world are celebrating their recent transition to 100% renewable energy (RE) in energy supply.  Global 100% RE was founded by partners from civil society, industry, science and policy and was launched in April 2013 in San Francisco, US. Registered as a new NGO in 2018, it now has its seat in Bonn, Germany.

 

The Platform’s approach

Global 100% RE is the first global platform advocating 100% renewable energy. It connects the fragmented dots of renewable energy advocates to build a global alliance, proving that being powered by 100% sustainable renewable energy is urgent and achievable. The platform carries out the “Global 100% RE Campaign” building on initiatives that already take place on national, regional and local level and steers the global discourse on renewable energy towards 100% RE as the new normal.

The goal is to initiate dialogue about 100% RE, but also to build capacity and educate policymakers about the opportunities, case studies and stories that are happening all over the world. For this purpose the platform aims to establish a global network of 100% RE regions.

The platform presents success stories, pioneers, good practices and policies from all over the world –  see how 100% Renewable Energy is already reality today.

 

Members and supporters

The overall goal of the platform is to brand 100% renewable energy and to build a global alliance for 100% renewable energy. Therefore the platform seeks to attract governmental, non-governmental, profit and non-profit organizations from all parts of the world to support this unique initiative.

Members of the Global 100% RE Platform significantly contribute in achieving the platform goals and developing its strategy. They are active in their own right, but agree to cooperate also within this alliance of like-minded organizations. Members elect the Executive Committee every two years and consult regularly in conference calls.

Supporters include organizations and entities from different sectors from across the world. They share the vision of the platform and help building a global momentum toward achieving 100% RE in jurisdictions across the world. Supporters share the Global 100% RE logo in their networks and hereby help branding 100% RE as the new normal.

Examples of supporters:

  • Communities that lead by example – Any country, regions, city or community that is curious about, striving for, or has achieved the 100% goal.
  • Organizations that can help build momentum toward achieving 100% RE targets – Non-profit organizations, scientific institutions, private sector companies, and intergovernmental organizations.
  • Individuals and other institutions that support and back the vision

 

Ambassadors carry the word

The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is inevitable. It will happen whether we take action or not. Fossil fuels are—by definition–finite. They are a one-time gift to humanity. Long before they are economically exhausted, we will have turned away from them toward renewable sources of energy simply on the basis of cost. The question, then, is do we make this transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy on our own terms, in ways that maximize the benefits to us today and to future generations, or do we turn our heads away and suffer the economic and social shocks that rising prices and market volatility will create—as it has done so often in the past.

Ambassadors are selected to carry this message, beyond the partners and supporters – to mobilize many more. These are respected individuals who have been engaged in renewables over decades. An example is Hans-Josef Fell. After 15 years in the German Parliament (1998 – 2013) as a member of the Green group, Hans-Josef Fell is an internationally known political advocate for 100% Renewable Energy. He is President of Energy Watch Group (EWG) and Senior Advisor at DWR eco GmbH. Together with Hermann Scheer, Fell is the father of the German Renewable Energy legislation (EEG) which has been a model policy for more than 60 countries worldwide.

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