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We connect state, regional, provincial and subnational governments from around the world.

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States, regions and provinces

The Under2 Coalition is made up of 178 states and regions leading on climate action. 

Africa

IVORY COAST

  • L’Assemblée des Régions de Côte d’Ivoire (ARDCI) (signatory)

MOROCCO

Association of Regions of Morocco:

  • Béni Mellal-Khénifra (member)
  • Casablanca-Settat (member)
  • Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab (member)
  • Drâa-Tafilalet (member)
  • Fès-Meknès (member)
  • Guelmim-Oued Noun (member)
  • Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra (member)
  • Marrakesh-Safi (member)
  • Oriental (member)
  • Rabat-Salé-Kénitra (member)
  • Souss-Massa (member)
  • Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima (member)

NIGERIA

  • Cross River State (signatory)
  • Taraba State (member)

SENEGAL

  • Gossas (signatory)

SOUTH AFRICA

  • Gauteng (member)
  • KwaZulu-Natal (member)
  • Western Cape (member)

THE GAMBIA

  • North Bank Region (signatory)

Asia-Pacific

ARMENIA

  • Ararat (inactive)
  • Kotayk (inactive)
  • Shirak (inactive)

AUSTRALIA

  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT) (member)
  • New South Wales (member)
  • Northern Territory (signatory)
  • Queensland (member)
  • South Australia (member)
  • Victoria (member)

CHINA

  • Jiangsu Province (signatory)  
  • Sichuan Province (signatory)    

INDIA

  • Chhattisgarh (signatory)  
  • Jammu and Kashmir (signatory)  
  • Maharashtra (signatory)  
  • Meghalaya (signatory)
  • Punjab (signatory)  
  • Telangana (signatory)  
  • Tripura (signatory)  
  • West Bengal (signatory)  

INDONESIA

  • East Kalimantan (signatory)  
  • North Kalimantan (signatory)  
  • Papua (signatory)  
  • South Sumatra (signatory)  
  • West Kalimantan (signatory)     

JAPAN

  • Gifu (signatory)  

NEPAL

  • Kathmandu Valley (inactive)  

SOUTH KOREA

  • Chungcheongnam-Do (member)
  • Jeju (member)

Europe

AUSTRIA

  • Lower Austria (signatory)  
  • Upper Austria (signatory)

BELGIUM

  • Wallonia (member)

FRANCE

  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (previously Rhône-Alpes) (signatory)  
  • Brittany (signatory)  
  • Grand Est (signatory)  
  • La Réunion (signatory)  
  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine (previously Aquitaine) (signatory)  
  • Occitanie (signatory)  
  • Pays de la Loire (signatory)  

GERMANY

  • Baden-Württemberg (*) (member)
  • Bavaria (signatory)  
  • Hessen (signatory)  
  • Lower Saxony (signatory)  
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (member)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate (signatory)  
  • Schleswig-Holstein (signatory)  
  • Thuringia (member)  

GREECE

  • Attica (signatory)  

ITALY

  • Abruzzo (signatory)  
  • Basilicata (signatory)  
  • Emilia-Romagna (member)
  • Lombardy (member)
  • Piedmont (signatory)  
  • Sardinia (signatory)  
  • Veneto (signatory)  

THE NETHERLANDS

  • Drenthe (signatory)  
  • North Brabant (signatory)  
  • North Holland (signatory)  
  • South Holland (signatory)  

NORWAY

  • Viken (previously Akershus County) (signatory)  

PORTUGAL

  • Azores (signatory)  
  • Madeira (signatory)  

SPAIN

  • Andalucia (member)  
  • Basque Country (member)
  • Catalonia (*) (member)
  • Comunidad de Madrid (signatory)  
  • Galicia (signatory)  
  • Navarra (member)

SWEDEN

  • Västra Götaland (signatory)  
  • Jämtland Härjedalen (signatory)  

SWITZERLAND

  • Basel-Landschaft (signatory)  
  • Basel-Stadt (signatory)  

UNITED KINGDOM

  • Isle of Man (member)
  • Northern Ireland (member)
  • Scotland (member)
  • Wales (*) (member)

Latin America

ARGENTINA

  • Jujuy (signatory)
  • Santa Fe (signatory)
  • Tucumán (signatory)

BRAZIL

  • Acre (*) (signatory)
  • Amapá (signatory)
  • Amazonas (signatory)
  • Bahia (member)
  • Ceará (signatory)
  • Espírito Santo (member)
  • Federal District (signatory)
  • Goiás (member)
  • Mato Grosso (signatory)
  • Mato Grosso do Sul (member)
  • Minas Gerais (signatory)
  • Pará (signatory)
  • Paraná (signatory)
  • Pernambuco (member)
  • Piauí (member)
  • Rio de Janeiro (signatory)
  • Rio Grande do Sul (signatory)
  • Rondônia (signatory)
  • São Paulo State (member)
  • Tocantins (signatory)

COLOMBIA

  • Antioquia (signatory)
  • Bolívar (signatory)
  • Boyacá (signatory)
  • Caquéta (signatory)
  • Cundinamarca (signatory)
  • Nariño (signatory)

ECUADOR

  • Azuay (signatory)
  • Pastaza (signatory)

MEXICO

  • Aguascalientes (signatory)
  • Baja California (*) (signatory)
  • Baja California Sur (signatory)
  • Campeche (signatory)
  • Chiapas (signatory)
  • Chihuahua (signatory)
  • Colima (signatory)
  • Guanajuato (member)
  • Hidalgo (signatory)
  • Jalisco (*) (member)
  • Mexico State (signatory)
  • Michoacán (signatory)
  • Nuevo León (signatory)
  • Oaxaca (signatory)
  • Querétaro (member)
  • Quintana Roo (signatory)
  • Sonora (signatory)
  • Tabasco (signatory)
  • Yucatán (member)

PERU

  • Amazonas (signatory)
  • Huánuco (signatory)
  • Loreto (signatory)
  • Madre de Dios (signatory)
  • Piura (signatory)
  • San Martín (signatory)
  • Ucayali (signatory)

North America

CANADA

  • British Columbia (*) (member)
  • Northwest Territories (signatory)
  • Ontario (*) (signatory)
  • Québec (member)

UNITED STATES

  • California (*) (member)
  • Colorado (signatory)
  • Connecticut (signatory)
  • Hawaii (signatory)
  • Maine (signatory)
  • Maryland (signatory)
  • Massachusetts (signatory)
  • Minnesota (signatory)
  • Nevada (signatory)
  • New Hampshire (signatory)
  • New York State (signatory)
  • Oregon (*) (signatory)
  • Rhode Island (signatory)
  • Vermont (*) (signatory)
  • Virginia (signatory)
  • Washington (*) (member)
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Under2 Ambition Tracker

In line with their 2021 Under2 Memorandum of Understanding commitments, members report long-term emissions reduction targets and future plans to the Under2 Ambition Tracker.

The Tracker is reviewed periodically, so we encourage governments to review their data on a regular basis to ensure it is up to date. This information will then be used for analysis, typically running from April – May every year.

Net zero targets are a vital part of efforts to keep global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees. However, these targets alone are not enough. It is vital that they are accompanied by thorough planning and short-term targets to ensure both progress and government transparency.

Under2 Coalition global members map

We bring together subnational governments from around the world to drive climate action, fast. Explore our members map to discover more about our global network and each member's work and climate commitments.

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KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal

South Africa
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2021
Net zero government

State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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NPC: Pathways for a Just Transition, KwaZulu-Natal Workshop (imgix.net): Purpose of this report This report provides a summary of the inputs and discussions that took place at the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial workshop on 16 April 2019. This workshop was part of a series of provincial workshops that the National Planning Commission (NPC) is undertaking to engage with key stakeholders across the country regarding a just energy transition for South Africa. The aim of these dialogues is to build a consensus on a vision and pathways for an equitable and sustainable South Africa in 2050.

Governance and Leadership: The Under2 Coalition is led by a group of co-chairs and supported by a Steering Group to ensure the coalition is diverse and globally representative. Co-chairs, Africa: Hon Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Premier of KwaZulu-Natal

South African province of KwaZulu-Natal leads with community-focused climate adaptation: Transformative River Management Programme (TRMP) - this is our flagship project which we would like to showcase as it has a huge impact in terms of adaptation whilst also addressing uneployment in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.
 

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Gauteng

Gauteng

South Africa
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2021
Net zero government

State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

Climate leadership showcase

The Gauteng Industrial Symbiosis Programme: Over the past 8 years, the National Cleaner Production Center South Africa, a programme of the Department of Trade Industry and Competition (the dtic) in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) have been implementing the Gauteng Industrial Symbiosis (GISP) to promote and facilitate the implementation of identified waste synergy opportunities to achieve resource efficiency and diversion of waste from landfill.

The programme drives industrial symbiosis awareness across the manufacturing sectors in the province to embed the industrial symbiosis application/practices for GHG emissions reduction.

Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, and Environment (GDARDE) hosted the Gauteng Climate Change Summit in collaboration with the Thabo Mbeki African School of Public and International Affairs.

The two-day summit, held under the theme "Towards Decarbonization of the Economy and Building a Climate-Resilient Society," highlighted innovative initiatives companies undertake, primarily focusing on minimising greenhouse gas emissions and embracing environmentally friendly practices. 

Gautrain Rapid Rail Link: Signalling Johannesburg’s Ambition: The expansion of Gautrain includes an investment of around 110 billion Rand on track, with 19 new stations, while a further 24.4 billion rand will be allocated to improving existing parts of the network to extend its reach to underserved areas.  This will see an additional two million township residents gain access to the network, in turn unlocking more employment and education opportunities, as well as a safer and more sustainable mode of transport. It also will increase black-owned companies’ participation in the rail sector

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Isle of Man

Europe
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2021
Net zero government

State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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CLIMATE CHANGE (SINGLE USE PLASTICS) REGULATIONS 2022: The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, having complied with the requirements of section 351 of the Climate Change Act 2021, makes the following Regulations under sections 29 and 30 of that Act. These Regulations are the Climate Change (Single Use Plastics) Regulations 2022.

CLIMATE CHANGE (PUBLIC BODIES' REPORTING REQUIREMENTS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 2023: Amendment of the Climate Change (Public Bodies’ Reporting Requirements) Regulations 2022 The Climate Change (Public Bodies’ Reporting Requirements) Regulations 20222 are amended in accordance with regulations 4 and 5.

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Espírito Santo

Brazil
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2022
Net zero government

State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

Climate leadership showcase

The Government of Estado do Espírito Santo have launched The Program for Environmental Sustainability and Support to Municipalities, including the conservation and revitalization of hydrographic basins and the reforestation programme.

Espírito Santo joined the Race to Zero and Race to Resilience campaign: Espírito Santo has officially joined the United Nations 'Race to Zero' and "Race to Resilience" campaigns, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate resilience. Of the commitments made by Espírito Santo are in the decree published in the Official Gazette of the State. Within 12 months the State Plan for Climate Change, commits to updating the Greenhouse Gas Inventory (GHG) and the Strategic Plan for Emergency Actions (PeAE). Within 24 months, the Public Emissions Registry will be established, with measurable criteria for measures to mitigate and absorb greenhouse gases, following the Kyoto Protocol, for the years 2030 to 2040, and the neutralization of net emissions by 2050.

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Australian Capital Territory

Australia

Shane Rattenbury
Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability

Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2016
Net zero government

State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

Climate leadership showcase

Increasing Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEVs) is crucial to cutting our total emissions in the ACT. ZEV uptake plays an important part in helping us meet our emission targets. ZEVs include battery electric vehicles and hydrogen powered vehicles. Transport contributes more than 60% of the ACT's greenhouse gas emissions, making it the single largest contributor to emissions in the ACT.

Financial Incentives:
> first time ZEV buyers are eligible for a full stamp duty exemption
> two years of free registration are available for ZEVs registered in the ACT.
> the sustainable household scheme provides zero-interest loans between $2,000 and $15,000 to eligible ACT households to help with upfront costs of investing in energy efficient home upgrades.

Public Charging
> The ACT Government is installing 50 new publicly accessible chargers. The rollout of infrastructure will be guided by the ZEV Public Charging Masterplan.

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Piauí

Brazil
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2023
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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DECREE NO. 22,128, OF JUNE 05, 2023 "Establishes the Environmental Agenda in the Public Administration of the State of Piauí, THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF PIAUÍ, in the exercise of the powers conferred upon him by article 102....of the Federal Constitution, which ensures the right to an ecologically balanced environment and imposes on the Government the duty to preserve it for present and future generations..."

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Paraná

Brazil
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2022
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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DECREE 8937 - OCTOBER 04, 2021: "This Decree provides for the adhesion of the State of Paraná to the "Race to Zero" and "Race to Resilience" campaigns, within the scope of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, aiming at the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and climate resilience ... 2050 Climate Action Plan, within 12 (twelve) months, which shall include intermediate targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions defined by the Paris Agreement for the years 2030 and 2040 and the neutralization of net emissions by 2050..."
 
Guaraqueçaba Climate Action Project in traditional communities in Paraná, Brazil: The Guaraqueçaba Climate Action Project is a nearly 19,000 hectares forest conservation project in the Brazilian State of Paraná. Initiated by the NGOs The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Sociedade de Pesquisa em Vida Selvagem e Educação Ambiental (SPVS) in 2001, it is one of the world’s first forest carbon offset projects.

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Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

United Kingdom
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2021
Net zero government

State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

Climate leadership showcase

The Northern Ireland Executives 'New Decade New Approach' which was published in January 2020 called on Northern Ireland to take action to tackle climate change head on through the development of a strategy and the progression of NI specific climate change legislation (previously only covered under the UK wide Climate Change Act 2008).

In line with those commitments Northern Ireland progressed the Climate Change Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 which received Royal Assent on 6th June 2022. The Act will now provide the legal basis to drive forward action to tackle climate change in Northern Ireland through placing a legal requirement on all Government Departments to exercise their functions in a way which contributes to emissions reductions.

Net Zero Consultation Plan: The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) on behalf of the Northern Ireland Executive have published a consultation on Northern Ireland’s 2030 & 2040 Emissions Reduction Targets & First Three Carbon Budgets & Seeking views on Climate Change Committee (CCC) Advice Report: The path to a Net Zero Northern Ireland and welcome the views of everyone across Northern Ireland.

To support delivery across all Departments a draft Green Growth Strategy has been developed which sets out 10 key commitments and a number of guiding principles.

The delivery of both the deliverables of the Act and Strategy are overseen by a Green Growth Strategic Oversight Group which is comprises of senior Official representatives from all Northern Ireland Government Departments. Additionally engagement with senior Council representatives and civil society is ongoing through a number of working groups such as the Green Growth Forum.

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Navarra

Spain
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2015
Net zero government

State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

Projects and partnerships

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Thuringia

Germany
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2021
Net zero government

State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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TH2Eco Erfurt: The development of a regionally oriented hydrogen infrastructure has an impact on essential areas of industry and everyday life. 

Core areas include:
Generation; by means of wind, photovoltaics and water electrolysis, Green Wind Innovation, BOREAS Energie and TEAG generate green hydrogen - as a basis for the development of a sustainable and regionally oriented energy industry in Thuringia.

Transport, distribution and storage; Ferngas Netzgesellschaft, SWE Netz and Thüringer Energienetze are building a pipeline-based hydrogen infrastructure to ensure the reliable and secure transport and distribution of hydrogen. To this end, existing gas pipelines are being converted to hydrogen at comparatively low cost and new pipelines are being built where necessary. We store hydrogen to make it available regardless of seasonal fluctuations. This includes the conversion of an underground natural gas storage facility to H2 by Thüringer Energie Speichergesellschaft.
 

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Yucatán

Mexico
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2019
Net zero government

State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

Climate leadership showcase

Community Monitoring Biodiversity in Yucatan Case Study Database A compilation of good practices and lessons learned to contribute innovative subnational solutions to global problems: The Secretariat of Sustainable Development has promoted the involvement of rural communities in the climate action agenda, as it is collaborating with communities to certify part of their territory as Areas Voluntarily Designated for Conservation (ADVC, in Spanish) before the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP). Through the ADVC we seek to promote the conservation and care of the forest and biodiversity, through the promotion of more sustainable exploitation practices and the involvement of communities in their protection. Currently, 8,621 hectares are in the final stages of the certification process under this conservation mechanism. Likewise, Payment for Environmental Services (PSA) has been managed, in collaboration with the National Forestry Commission, under a Concurrent Funds scheme for the conservation of 6,500 hectares of the Yucatan forest.
We have worked hand in hand with citizens on multiple sustainable mobility projects, such as the acquisition of 350 efficient buses that make up the Va y Vén transportation system, as well as progress in the new 100% electric transportation project IE-TRAM.

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Washington

United States of America
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2015
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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Western Cape

South Africa
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2017
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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Western Cape Government's Growth for Jobs Strategy : This is the Western Cape Government's Growth for Jobs Strategy (previously attached), which defines the strategic economic direction for the Western Cape and includes a focus on energy security and a transition to net-zero emissions by 2050. This is a transversal programme that includes a number of departments working on different aspects. The energy component has got approximately 45 projects currently underway to achieve energy security and shift to a net zero future by 2050. The programme has just started, so there are limited case studies available, but this is very exciting development for the Western Cape as most of the key / strategic projects implemented over the next few years will be aligned with this Strategy

Western Cape is well positioned to produce GH2 for local offtake, bunkers & exports: 1.Hydrogen will play a significant role in the transition to a net-zero energy system. 2. It will establish SA as a future energy market global trader, securing foreign direct investment, earning foreign income and creating economic growth and development
3. Import Markets for GH to 2050 will be the EU (2050: 11-15 Mt GHpa); Japan (2050: 5 to 10 Mt GHpa); South Korea (2050: 1.0 to 1.2 Mt GHpa) and the United Kingdom (2050: 0.5 to 0.7 Mt GHpa). 4. REPowerEU sets a target of 10mt domestic renewable H2 production & 10mt H2 imports by 2030

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Wallonia

Belguim
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2017
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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Wales

United Kingdom
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2015
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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Wales’ Global Climate Change Response: Showcasing Wales’ leading climate action since 2010 after becoming the first Fair Trade Nation. The Senedd Cymru Welsh Parliament have agreed a set of seven well-being goals to achieve Wales’ biodiversity targets.

In November 2020 Wales hosted their first digital Climate Week: In November 2020 we held the first digital Wales Climate Week marking a year until COP 26 and the publication of our next Low Carbon Delivery Plan. The week consisted of free digital events covering a range of climate related issues and topics. The response was extremely positive, with all aspects of Welsh society engaging and over 2000 people actively participating in the platform website. 

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Victoria

Australia
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2016
Net zero government

State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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How the VEU program works: Victorian Energy Upgrades is a government energy efficiency program. Households and businesses can receive rebates or discounts on energy-saving products. This helps cut power bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Every upgrade allows businesses under the Victorian Energy Upgrades program to generate Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates (VEECs). Each certificate represents one tonne of greenhouse gas prevented from entering our atmosphere. Accredited providers then sell these certificates to energy retailers.

Victorian Renewable Energy Target: The Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) is a legislated target of 50% renewable electricity by 2030. Victoria met its 2020 target and is on track to meet the 2025 target of 40% renewable generation. To help achieve the targets the Victorian Government is making significant investments, including $540 million for renewable energy zones, and conducting reverse auctions to bring online renewable energy capacity. The first VRET auction has delivered a combined 928 MW of new renewable capacity and has generated $1.1 billion of investment in Victoria.
The forthcoming second VRET reverse auction is expected to bring online at least 600 MW of new renewable energy capacity. The result of this process will make Victoria the first state in Australia to a to power all government operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2025, including all metropolitan trains and trams.


Solar Homes: The Victorian Government’s Solar Homes program will support 778,500 households to make the change to renewable energy and help build a decarbonised energy system. This $1.3 billion program offers rebates and interest free loans to households for solar panels, batteries and solar hot water systems. The ten year program was launched in August 2018 and in the period to March 2021 more than 785MW of solar panel capacity have been installed and 130,000 homes have been supported.


Household Energy Savings Program: The Victorian Government is investing $515 million to help make homes more energy efficient and support the transition to a smart, distributed energy system. This includes improving the energy efficiency of 35,000 social housing properties, providing energy efficient heating and cooling systems for 250,000 low income and vulnerable households, introducing minimum energy efficiency standards for rented homes, and expanding the Victorian Energy Upgrades program. Energy efficiency and demand management are vital to reducing emissions and building a smarter energy system. These and other measures will further accelerate the pace of change and will provide the important co-benefit of supporting low-income households who will save on energy bills.

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South Australia

South Australia
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2015
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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The Regional Climate Partnerships are a network of eleven regional, cross-sectoral groups delivering practical action to strengthen the climate resilience of their communities, economies and natural and built environments. The eleven partnerships are: Adapting Northern Adelaide, AdaptWest, Barossa, Eyre Peninsula, Far North, Limestone Coast, Murraylands & Riverland, Northern and Yorke, Resilient East, Resilient Hills & Coasts and Resilient South.

Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Act: The Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Act 2023  introduces a ‘one window to government’ licencing and regulatory system for the lifecycle of large-scale hydrogen and renewable energy projects in South Australia.

South Australia’s Electric Vehicle Action Plan: The South Australian Government is committed to delivering a cleaner environment and more productive power grid by bringing forward the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).

 

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Scotland

United Kingdom
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2015
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

Climate leadership showcase

Acorn CCS is a catalyst for industrial decarbonisation in Scotland, providing the critical infrastructure for the decarbonisation of the Scottish Cluster. Acorn has received some funding from the UK and Scottish governments, as well as the European Commission.

Energy Transition Plan and Climate Change 2021-2024

ZEV Community: Scotland confirmed over £40 million of new funding to support bus operators replace old diesel buses with new electric models, and today announced the establishment of a new academic and industry network for zero emission mobility solutions in collaboration with the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP).

A world-first green hydrogen gas network in the heart of Fife: Scottish Government have provided £6.9 million funded support towards the cost of a world first £27.7 million demonstration of an end-to-end 100% hydrogen energy system.

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São Paulo State

Brazil
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2015
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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Sustainable Cities Programme and UN Environment, with the Cities Institute, at the Federal University of São Paulo: The project aims to pilot innovations through a “neighbourhood [community] approach” that could eventually be scaled up at city and even national levels. Innovation, integration and replication are key words in the approach, where a community addresses multiple environmental issues at a community scale. It capitalizes on inhabitants’ perceptions of these problems, and then replicates the solutions through city planning. The participation of local residents ensures challenges can be identified and solved alongside technical experts within and outside the local governments.

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Emilia Romagna

Italy
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2015
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

Projects and partnerships

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Emilia-Romagna: Working with government and the public to deliver a new Climate Pact: While managing the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, Emilia-Romagna has committed itself as a region to placing social, economic and environmental sustainability at the heart of government policies. In practice this is intended to build a better approach to climate action in line with the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

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Québec

Canada
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2015
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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2030 Plan for Green Economy: The government is releasing the 2030 Plan for a Green Economy, signalling the start of an ambitious project to electrify the economy and fight climate change. Thereby, it lays the foundations of a green and prosperous economy by 2030. With the 2030 Plan for a Green Economy, the government is charting a roadmap for the next 10 years. It is also reiterating its target for 2030: to reduce Québec’s greenhouse gas emissions by 37.5% below 1990 levels by 2030. Achieving this target will require substantial effort from everyone. However, it will also offer new opportunities to improve Quebecers’ lives and enrich Québec as a whole

The Québec government has released its energy policy for 2030, L'énergie des Québécois — Source de croissance, a policy that puts the consumer at the centre of future actions

Critical & Strategic Minerals: Québec's subsoil is rich in various critical and strategic minerals (CSMs) such as copper, graphite, niobium, zinc, cobalt, nickel, titanium and lithium. These minerals are essential in our daily lives and in Québec's energy transition by contributing to the decarbonization of the economy.

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Pernambuco

Brazil
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2021
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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North Rhine-Westphalia

Germany
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2022
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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Climate protection in North Rhine-Westphalia: development of greenhouse gas emissions, goals and strategies, instruments and perspectives.

Ministry od Economy, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia report on climate protection policy. The report outlines the path to green gas neutrality, identifying the main emitters of GHGs, being the energy sector, industry, transport and buildings. The government has pledged to decouple the economic growth- GHG emissions nexus. The climate priorities include a strong energy policy, investing in climate-friendly technologies and phasing out coal and nuclear energy power generation. Three main fields have been selected for targeted action: energy industry, mobility and buildings, municipalities and state administration and research and development. 

Rheinisches revier project (IN4climate.RR)
Structural transformation for local industries in the affected regions after coal phase-out. The project is dedicated to create a network for innovation, knowledge transfer and cooperation between the industries, government and academia. In addition to defossilising the industries, a just transition which ensures regional economic competitiveness and job opportunities is also a main goal of this project.

Coal phase-out and the expansion of renewable energy
Since 2022, the state government has set its ambition for coal-exit in year 2030 (previously: 2038) and accelerate the decarbonization of the electricity sector. A massive expansion of renewables are planned through a variety of policy measures.

Support for the municipalities for heating transition and adaptation
Transforming the heating sector from municipal level has been prioritized to reduce emissions. NRW launched its competence center to provide municipalities with free counseling, information and events for their heating transition at the local level.
Many municipalities are faced with the extreme weathers induced by climate change. The state government of NRW support them with the information and guidelines for funding applications at the EU level.

 

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New South Wales

Australia
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2021
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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Building back greener - New South Wales: Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap

Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap:
The Roadmap is the government's plan, enabled by the Electricity Infrastructure Investment Act (2020), to begin the shift towards renewable energy resources. The Roadmap coordinates investment in transmission, generation, storage and firming infrastructure as ageing coal-fire generation plants retire. The Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap is expected to: attract up to $32 billion in private investment for regional energy infrastructure by 2030, support 6,300 construction jobs and 2,800 ongoing jobs mostly in NSW, save around $130 on the average NSW household bill and around $430 a year on the average small business electricity bill between 2023 and 2040 compared to if the map is not implemented, and  help reduce NSW electricity emissions by 90 million tonnes by 2030 and support NSW to deliver on its net zero by 2050 ambitions.

NSW's circular economy target:
New South Wales is transitioning to a circular economy over the next 20 years as part of their waste and sustainable materials strategy. The aim is to end up with less waste, less emissions, less harm on the environment and more jobs 

New South Wales Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program: The Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program is the NSW government's plan to support and partner with industry to reduce emissions and help NSW businesses prosper in a low carbon world. 

New South Wales Electric Vehicle Strategy: 
The NSW Electric Vehicle Strategy is the NSW Government's plan to accelerate the State's vehicle fleet of the future. The strategy is intended to increase EV sales to 52% by 2030-31 and help NSW achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

 

 

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Minas Gerais

Brazil
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2021
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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Development of the ‘Clima Gerais’ search tool which provides a platform for municipal public bodies to access to basic concepts of climate change, as well as the vulnerability index of their municipality, aiding towards the implementation of public policies to combat climate change. 

The "Clima Gerais" Platform, developed in 2015, supports Minas Gerais municipalities in low-carbon development and territorial adaptation to the effects of climate change. The platform has 4 modules, in which it is possible for the municipal manager to have access to basic concepts related to climate change, learn about the degree of vulnerability of their municipality through the Climate Vulnerability Index of Minas Gerais, update themselves with best practices and identify the funding funds are available for your climate actions.

The recently launched fourth module (2020), provides a methodology to support the development and implementation of municipal public policies to combat climate change.

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Mato Grosso do Sul

Brazil
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2021
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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Mato Grosso have launched their PSA program to protect areas of natural beauty: Standardising payment for environmental services that conserve rivers of scenic beauty

With the signing of agreements, producers can now receive the 1st installment of the PSA of Jardim e Bonito – Institute of Environment of Mato Grosso do Sul (imasul.ms.gov.br): Campo Grande (MS) – The owners of properties located in the basins of the Formoso and Prata rivers, in Bonito and Jardim, who were selected to participate in the first Payment for Environmental Services Program (PES) of the government of the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, signed the agreements in an act held this Friday morning (July 1) and are able to receive the initial installment of the resources.

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Mato Grosso

Brazil
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2015
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) is pleased to announce completion of the Decarbonization Pathway for Mato Grosso, Brazil, which offers actionable steps towards the state race to net zero by mid-century. The Pathway is a result of intensive collaboration and assessment with the government and local stakeholders supported by international expertise and assistance from CCS, Winrock International, The Climate Group and GCF Task Force.

Carbono Neutro MT (sema.mt.gov.br) To achieve the goal of neutralizing carbon emissions by 2035, through the promotion of sustainable development, Mato Grosso implemented the MT Carbon Neutral program. The program's interim goal is to achieve an 80% reduction in emissions by 2030.

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Lombardy

Italy
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2015
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The Lombardy Region in Italy launched the "Biodiversity and Climate" (BioClima) call in 2022 to test public-private financing instruments for supporting collaboration on regional projects aiming at biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and enhancement of ecosystem services. Specifically, the Lombardy Region allocated €3.5 million of the regional budget to the beneficiaries of these projects (public administration, managing bodies of Natura 2000 sites, entities managing protected areas pursuant to regional law 86/83)

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Jalisco

Mexico
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2015
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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Galicia

Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2021
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Catalonia

Spain
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2015
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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Energy Transition In Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP): The Catalan Water Agency (ACA, from the acronym in Catalan) has 530 Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs) in service that require high energy consumption to treat the wastewater that arrives there. Only 14% of this demand comes from their own renewable sources. The Energy Saving and Efficiency Plan that ACA is following right now aims to decarbonise sanitation (maximum possible level of energy self-consumption with renewables, energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions) focusing efforts on the 137 WWTPs that consume in an aggregate manner the 93% of the total energy.

A spotlight on Catalonia's ambitious climate targets: Salvador Samitier i Martí, Head of the Catalan Office for Climate Change, the Government of Catalonia

Catalonia: Carbon Tax: The Catalan regional government first introduced a carbon tax on cars, vans and motorcycles in 2010 and developed it further in 2019: making Catalonia the first region in Spain to ask owners of fossil-fuel vehicles to pay a premium. Taxation is to be introduced retroactively for 2019 in November.

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California

United States
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2015
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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The next chapter of California’s advanced clean cars regulations: A leader among states in the realm of climate ambition, California has paved the way in setting both zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) rules and low-emission vehicle (LEV) standards since the California Air and Resources Board (CARB) adopted the first LEV regulation in 1990

California’s 2022 Building Energy Efficiency Standards: Natural gas currently makes up about half of building energy demand, to transition the building sector away from natural gas by mid-century and to support the carbon neutrality goal, California recently proposed the 2022 Building Energy Efficiency Standards which require new homes to be equipped with circuits and panels that support all-electric appliances for heating, cooking and drying clothes.

California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program: California’s effort on decarbonizing the electricity sector can be seen through the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program. The RPS mandates that 60% of electricity retail sales must be served by renewable resources by 2030.
 

California Climate Investments program funded with proceeds from the State’s Cap-and-Trade GHG emissions reduction program aims to benefit the most environmentally impacted communities and support low-income Californians invest in green technology.

The Cap-and-Trade Program is a key element of California’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Oil and Natural Gas Production, Processing, and Storage

Stationary Hydrofluorocarbon Reduction Measures

Governor Newsom Takes Action to Phase Out Oil Extraction in California
 

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British Columbia

Canada
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2015
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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CleanBC Better Homes Better Buildings: To help British Columbians save energy and switch to clean electricity, the Province created the CleanBC Better Homes and CleanBC Better Buildings programs. These two programs offer a suite of incentives including rebates for heat pumps, envelope upgrades and new windows. These programs are important steps to continue reducing emissions in our current buildings, which have long life spans.

British Columbia’s low carbon fuel standard (BC-LCFS): The Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Renewable & Low Carbon Fuel Requirements) Act and the Renewable & Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation, known collectively as British Columbia’s low carbon fuel standard (BC-LCFS), was introduced to reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of fuels used in the province


B.C. clean tech company pulls carbon out of the air: Through support from B.C.’s Innovative Clean Energy Fund, technology has been developed by Squamish’s Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE) (a clean-tech company), that pulls carbon emissions out of the air. The carbon then can be safely stored underground or turned into a carbon-neutral fuel that works in any engine. By reusing existing carbon, little or no additional emissions are created when this fuel is burned.

CleanBC Program for Industry: In 2019, B.C. launched the CleanBC Program for Industry to support cleaner, more competitive operations by partnering with industry. The program is expected to lower emissions by 2.5 Mt CO2e per year by 2030. A portion of the carbon taxes paid by industry are directed into two CleanBC initiatives that work together to support cleaner industry, reduce emissions and increase technological innovation

Go Electric Zero Emission Vehicles Program: The CleanBC Go Electric program is intended to encourage and accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in B.C. for their environmental and economic benefits








Under2 Coalition Leadership Awards Winner: Creative Climate Solutions

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Baden Württemberg

Germany
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2015
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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Baden-Württemberg's climate protection act: making photovoltaic panels compulsory from 2022: As co-founder of the Under2 Coalition, Baden-Württemberg is a champion of climate change policy and action. One of the region’s most promising climate actions is the development of its Climate Protection Act, which now includes a mandate to make photovoltaic panels compulsory on all new non-residential buildings and large carparks from 2022. 

Under2 Coalition Leaders: Baden-Württemberg: For the first of our new leaders' series for the Under2 Coalition, we have been speaking to Minister Thekla Walker from Baden-Württemberg about Germany's climate leadership and the state's priorities for climate action this decade

Online Climate Action Register - Climate Protection (baden-wuerttemberg.de): The Climate Action Register. The responsible ministries are responsible for the measures and their implementation. The ministries are also responsible for the information on the measures in the Climate Action Register.

Political cooperation facilitated through the Green-Black Coalition Agreement, "Now for Tomorrow".

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Basque Country

Spain
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2015
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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The Basque Hydrogen Corridor was represented by Petronor, the Energy Cluster and Tecnalia: The Net-Zero Basque Industrial Super Cluster has been one of the ten regional initiatives invited to take part in the project promoted by the World Economic Forum to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

The SPRI Group, Petronor, the Energy Cluster and Tecnalia representing the Net Zero Basque Industrial Super Cluster (NZSC), in Houston at the event on "Technological Alliances for Decarbonization", organised by the World Economic Forum and the Electric Power Research Institute.

The NZSC is one of the ten regional initiatives that has been invited to take part in the project promoted by the World Economic Forum to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

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Amapa

Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2021
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Chungnam

South Korea
Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2021
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State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

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Net zero in South Korea: Leaders gather in Chungnam to drive forward commitment to decarbonisation: On 5th and 6th October 2023, Climate Group participated in the Carbon Neutrality International Conference in Chungnam Province, South Korea. The summit brought together political leaders, industry figures and climate campaigners to take stock of the South Korean and international net zero landscape. Across the two days, attendees shared their expertise on decarbonisation, discussed structural barriers and worked towards solutions that enable decarbonisation and support industrial development. 

Chungcheongnam-do leads the climate change response by implementing an effective greenhouse gas reduction policy: Chungcheongnam-do held international conferences on coal phaseout, unveiled innovative policies, 
and publicized the coal phaseout and energy transition at home and abroad since 2017.
In 2021, the province hosted the first Under 2 Coalition Asia-Pacific Forum to promote carbon neutrality in the Asia-Pacific region. The participants discussed the importance of carbon neutrality leadership and ways of implementing the energy transition under the theme of “Race to Net Zero.” The forum was attended by Ban Ki-moon, the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Nicola Sturjeon, First Minister of Scotland, Helen Clarkson, CEO, Climate Group, and Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, who all stressed the necessity for carbon neutrality and sought the best ways to achieve goals. 

Chungcheongnam-do's Task Order to achieve Net Zero: The Government of Chungcheongnam-do have released their task order and net zero vision in preparation for their net zero by 2050 plan in June 2022. This provides a benchmark for their climate action, showcasing their climate action and progress on the global stage. The government's policies include maintaining transparency of their progress and climate actions as well as learning from innovative climate action taken on by other states and regions.

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