A global initiative to help highly industrialised regions to develop innovative policies for a greener transition has been launched.
The Energy Transition Platform will support carbon intensive states and regional governments in implementing clean energy policies to be low carbon.
It will analyse successful models to improve energy systems and will facilitate the adoption of policy models by state and regional governments worldwide.
Some of the regions that have joined the platform so far are Alberta, the Basque Country, California, Hauts-de-France and South Australia.
The initiative has been created by The Climate Group and private foundation Stiftung Mercator.
Libby Ferguson, States & Regions Director at The Climate Group said: “State and regional governments everywhere have and continue to drive clean energy investment and transform the energy mix with affordable, reliable and sustainable energy. They are crucial for delivering the actions needed to fulfil the targets of the Paris Agreement and support pre-2020 climate mitigation efforts.
“The Energy Transition Platform is a way for partner regions to develop and implement the most effective and forward-thinking climate and energy policies. These heavy industry economies with high potential for emissions reduction are pivotal in getting more governments involved in collective low carbon growth and moving us toward achieving net zero emissions by 2050. If they can do it, so can the rest of the world.”