Policy Actions

Our Policy Actions work aims to accelerate the pace of climate policy development and adoption at the state and regional level. It is part of the Under2 Coalition, for which The Climate Group is Secretariat.

We do this through our peer-to-peer learning initiative, the Energy Transition Platform and providing member governments with technical support and targeted research.

According to the UNFCCC, current national plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are expected to limit temperature rise in this century to about 2.7°C if perfectly implemented – pointing to a need for both great execution, and even greater ambition in the coming years.

But this responsibility does not lie solely with national governments. Due to their legal authority over critical aspects of climate policy, the Paris Agreement itself identifies the need for sub-national governments – including states and regions – to “scale up their climate actions” and to “cooperate in facilitating the implementation of policies” in order for the Agreement to be successful. 

We support ambitious state and regional governments around the world to “scale up their climate actions” to help meet, and go beyond, current national climate targets, while delivering clear economic, health and environmental benefits to local communities.

We do this by supporting state and regional governments through:

  • Peer learning: Thematic ‘Peer Forums’ and ‘Innovation Labs’ facilitate best practice sharing, policy evaluation and partnership development between state and regional governments in different parts of the world. One example is the Energy Transition Platform.
  • Technical support: Provides state and regional governments with technical assistance to design and implement complex climate policies, through partnerships with policy experts and organizations, such as through the Under2 Coalition partnership with the Clean Energy Solutions Center.
  • Research and analytics: Targeted research on global state and regional climate action, including state and regional legal authorities over climate policy, innovative climate policy models and global best practices. 

Targeted initiatives, such as the Energy Transition Platform, and thematic “Peer Forums” facilitate best practice sharing, policy evaluation and partnership development between state and regional governments in different parts of the world through regular webinars, in-person meetings and workshops.

Previous Peer Forums include the Energy Efficiency Finance Peer Forum, the Electric Vehicle Policy Initiative, Adaptation Peer Forum and the Clean Tech Innovation Peer Forum. 

The Energy Transition Platform supports governments from highly industrialized states and regions to innovate and learn from each other’s energy transition policies. Participants include: Alberta, the Basque Country, California, Hauts-de-France, Lombardy, Minnesota, North Rhine-Westphalia, Silesia, South Australia, Upper Austria and Wales.

Partnerships with policy experts and organizations provide state and regional governments with technical assistance to design and implement complex climate policies.

A current partnership with the Clean Energy Solutions Center provides states and regions in developing countries with free one-on-one advice from policy experts through the Center’s Ask an Expert service, as well as technical policy guidance through joint webinars. 

Policy Actions

For more info – or to be part of this work – contact:
Evan Juska, Head of US Policy, The Climate Group
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