States & Regions Alliance
The Climate Group States & Regions brings together sub-national government leaders from around the world in a powerful, high-profile network that shares expertise, demonstrates impact and influences the international climate dialogue.
Our 31 members represent some of the most economically powerful regions in the world and include governments from across Europe, the Americas, South Asia, Australia and Africa. States & Regions members collectively account for 331 million people, 11% of global GDP and 2.6 Gigatons CO2 emissions.
State and regional governments are setting standards for impactful global climate action. Our members are phasing out coal, committing to 100% renewables, investing in clean tech infrastructure and start-ups, linking emissions trading systems, developing new financing mechanisms and making ambitious emissions reductions commitments. Around the world, they are setting ambitious climate targets and developing a new generation of climate policy models which reflect a new reality less motivated by overarching global goals and more by local needs.
The Climate Group States & Regions was created in 2005 with the signing of the Montreal Declaration of Federated States & Regions. In July 2014, The Climate Group supported the launch of the China Regional Low Carbon Alliance, our first Chinese affiliate network.
See our States & Regions infographic for 4 critical reasons why states and regions are driving a global clean revolution.
For more information contact Libby Ferguson, States & Regions Director, The Climate Group
States & Regions members
The States & Regions Alliance is member-driven with high-level political engagement and ownership. The Climate Group States & Regions currently brings together 31 members: Australian Capital Territory, Baden-Württemberg, Basque Country, Bavaria, Brittany, California, Catalonia, Connecticut, Gujarat, Ile-de-France, Jalisco, KwaZulu-Natal, La Réunion, Lombardy, Manitoba, New York State, New South Wales, North Rhine Westphalia, Ontario, Quebec, Quintana Roo, Rhone-Alpes, Rio de Janeiro State, Sao Paulo State, Scotland, South Australia, Upper Austria, Vermont, Victoria, Wales and Wallonia.
In July 2014, The Climate Group together with Gui’an New Area Government supported the launch of the China Regional Low Carbon Alliance. This brings together nine Chinese new area governments focused on fostering learning and collaboration on green growth and innovation, both within China and globally. The China Regional Low Carbon Alliance is an affiliate network of the The Climate Group States & Regions.
Co-chairs and Steering Group
Co-chairs are the ambassadors of The Climate Group States and Regions. They represent and promote its vision and goals. Our co-chairs for 2015/16 are:
- Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec
- Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia
- Iñigo Urkullu, President of the Basque Country
The Steering Group determines and oversees the strategic direction. Steering Group member governments include: Brittany, Catalonia, KwaZulu-Natal, Lombardy, North Rhine-Westphalia, Ontario and Rio de Janeiro State.
- You can benefit from access to our global communications channels, media reach and events to profile your climate achievements and actions.
- You will become part of a network of like-minded global peers to learn, collaborate, share best practice and benefit from our policy innovation work, reports and case studies.
- You will have access to a unique global leadership platform and be invited to participate in our world renowned global events and exclusive high-level meetings.
- You will join a strong, global alliance with fellow states and regions such as California, Scotland, North Rhine-Westphalia, Québec, South Australia, Rio de Janeiro State and Gujarat, together demonstrating your commitment to global climate action.
If you want to learn more about The Climate Group States & Regions, please contact Libby Ferguson, Director of States & Regions.
Commitments and declarations
Since its foundation the Alliance has continuously affirmed its leadership in a series of declarations committing members to domestic ambitious actions and formulating their expectations from national and international decision takers:
MAY 2015: The UNDER2MOU
The Alliance worked closely with members Baden-Württemberg and California, to lead to the Under2MOU, an agreement to commit to either reducing their GHG emissions between 80 and 95% below 1990 levels by 2050, or achieving a per capita emissions target of less than 2 metric tons by the same date.
The Climate Group States & Regions also took part in two critical events, The World Summit Climate & Territories in Lyon, France and the Climate Summit of the Americas in Ontario, Canada.
SEPTEMBER 2014: COMPACT OF STATES AND REGIONS AND POLICY INNOVATION PROGRAM
The Compact of States and Regions, the first ever single, global account of GHG reduction targets made by state and regional governments was announced at the UN Climate Summit in New York. The Compact is supported by the UN and is a partnership between The Climate Group, CDP, R20 and nrg4SD.
JULY 2014: CHINA REGIONAL LOW CARBON ALLIANCE
The Climate Group together with Gui’an New Area Government supported the launch of the China Regional Low Carbon Alliance, which brings together nine Chinese new area governments focused on fostering learning and collaboration on green growth and innovation.
June 2012: Rio Clean Revolution Statement and Summit
States and Regions Alliance members at their General Assembly on June 18th signed the Clean Revolution Statement during the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro with clear joint commitments on energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transport based on their earlier and broader Cancun Statement.
Current signatories of the Statement include the governments of the Baden-Württemberg, Basque Country, Brittany, Catalonia, Ile-de-France, Jämtland, La Reunion, Manitoba, North Rhine-Westphalia, Quebec, Quintana Roo, Rhone-Alpes, Sao Paulo, Scotland, South Australia, Wales and Wallonia. Further members that were not present in Rio are still expected to join the statement.
At the World Summit of States and Regions on June 19th hosted by the State of Rio, The Climate Group and nrg4sd, over 50 sub-national government leaders from around the world convened and confirmed their overall commitment to sustainable development and the Green Economy in the Declaration of Federated States and Regions of Rio de Janeiro.
The TCG Alliance members also reconfirmed their commitment to the Billion Trees Initiative (Copenhagen 2009), with signatories already half-way towards the achievement of their 2015 goal.
December 2011: States and Regions key climate achievements
States and Regions brought to COP 17 in Durban an overview of some of their key climate achievements, providing some inspiring examples for the impact of sub-national leadership for the Clean Revolution and reconfirming their dedication to continuously increasing their ambition.
October 2011: Lyon Declaration
At the European Conference of Regions on Climate Action in October 2011 co-organised by the region of Rhone-Alpes, The Climate Group and nrg4SD, European States and Regions reconfirmed their commitment to climate action and called for the adoption of ambitious emission reduction targets at European and international levels in the Lyon Declaration that was handed over to global decision takers at the COP 17 in Durban.
June 2011: States and Regions call for 30% EU GHG emissions target
Aiming to promote ambitious climate targets also at the European level, the governments of European Alliance members Baden-Württemberg, the Basque Country, Bavaria, Brittany, Catalonia, Cornwall, Ile de France, Rhone-Alpes, Scotland and Wales signed a call for 30% EU GHG emissions reduction target to support the 30% call by 74 major corporations co-organised between The Climate Group, The Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership and WWF Climate Savers.
December 2010: Cancun Statement and Sectoral Framework
At the third Climate Leaders Summit hosted by The Climate Group in Cancun, the sub-national governments in attendance committed to continue to develop low-carbon policies and to regularly report on their progress in the Cancun Statement of Federal States & Regional Governments on Low Carbon & Climate Resilient Development and the accompanying Cancun Sectoral Framework.
June 2010: Bonn Declaration of States and Regional Governments
At the high level conference organised on the side of to the UNFCCC negotiating session in Bonn, Germany, co-hosted by the government of North-Rhine Westphalia and The Climate Group, the States and Regions called for bold action to progress the UN negotiations, highlighted the core role of sub-national governments in global climate action as well as confirmed their own commitments to climate action and to reporting back on their progress at COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico.
March 2010: Paris-Ile-de-France Declaration of Regional Governments to the EU
At a conference co-organised by the government of Ile-de-France and The Climate Group in Paris, the Federated States and Regional Governments and their respective networks gathered confirmed their support for the Copenhagen Accord and their own commitments made in the Copenhagen Statement as well as called for strong climate initiatives at the European level.
December 2009: Copenhagen Statement and Billion Trees commitment
At the second Climate Leaders Summit hosted by The Climate Group at COP 15 in Copenhagen, 60 Leaders, Ministers, State Secretaries and regional leaders committed to take practical actions to expand low carbon technologies and collaborate in addressing climate challenges, called for ambitious GHG reduction targets to meet the 2 degree target and an international climate change agreement, as well as recognized the important leadership role of sub-national governments in meeting the Climate Conventions’ goals. With the publication of "The Real Deal", sub-national governments reported back on their achievements made since the 2008 Poznan Statement of Action
On the initiative of the government of South Australia, leaders also committed to jointly planting a billion trees by 2015.
2008: Poznan Statement of Actions
During the second Climate Leaders Summit in Poznan, the signatories of the Montreal Declaration reported on their progress and agreed a new “action statement” presented to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, in which they committed to setting targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency to accelerate low carbon policies prior to next year's climate change meeting in Copenhagen.
December 2005: Montreal Declaration
Realizing the potential of sub-national levels in driving the Clean Revolution, The Climate Group teamed up with the States of Quebec and Manitoba in 2005 to hold the first Climate Leaders Summit, resulting in the Montreal Declaration of Federated States and Regions signed by sub-national governments from around the world committing to setting targets and implementing climate action in their own jurisdictions. This document continues to be signed by all members and affiliates of the Alliance as the founding basis of its work.