The Climate Group, alongside the initiative’s lead government and member of States & Regions Alliance, North Rhine-Westphalia, launched the Energy Transition Platform in early 2016 with the aim to connect highly industrialized, carbon intensive states and regions to:
The Energy Transition Platform facilitates the adoption of emerging innovative policy models by states and regions, but also demonstrates the need for scaled-up action at the national and international level. Read our Energy Transition Platform Overview to learn more.
The Energy Transition Platform has two main phases:
Thematic areas that are being discussed include stakeholder engagement and community based renewables, mobilizing energy-intensive industries, grid integration of renewables and emissions reductions from the heating sector.
This graphic shows the detailed timeline, aims and tools that are used to succeed:
The Energy Transition Platform connects a select group of state and regional governments across some of the most highly industrialized territories in the world. As the partner regions share structural economic similarities, they are able to effectively learn about their peers’ activities and policy initiatives in areas relating to their own energy transition challenges.
Partner regions of the Energy Transition Platform include: Alberta, the Basque Country, California, Hauts-de-France, Lombardy, Minnesota, North Rhine-Westphalia, Silesia, South Australia, Upper Austria and Wales.
Together, the 11 partner regions have a combined GDP of US$4.5 trillion, about the same as Japan, and represent about 12.9% of the GHG emissions of their three world regions – North America, Europe and Australia.
The Government of North Rhine-Westphalia is the lead government of the Energy Transition Platform. Contributing to over 30% of German GHG emissions and producing one third of German energy, North Rhine-Westphalia is a prime example of how the energy transition can work.
The briefing “An industrial region in transition – Energy and Climate policy in North Rhine-Westphalia” was written by the Wuppertal Institute and summarizes the main findings of their research on the North Rhine-Westphalian energy transition experience. The briefing is available in English and in German.
For a more detailed overview of North Rhine-Westphalia’s industry background and policies, please see here.
Knowledge partners, such as research institutes and think tanks, support the Energy Transition Platform with scientific background analysis and data collection. During the Innovation Lab phase, the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment provides technical knowledge as well as policy and economic expertise to the governments through its extended network of researchers.
Expert partners and stakeholders, such as companies and interest groups, join meetings where relevant for the specific topic of the discussion. They are also decisive when developing and testing opportunities for the adoption of emerging solutions.
The Energy Transition Platform is funded by Stiftung Mercator.
Through its Peer Forums, the Energy Transition Platform identifies innovative policies implemented by state and regional governments that have the potential to accelerate the global transition to a clean energy future.
Find out more about these promising policy models by reading our case studies: