Energy Transition Platform

The Energy Transition Platform is part of The Climate Group's States & Regions Policy Innovation program. It is designed to support state and regional governments in developing and implementing innovative clean energy policies. Read our Energy Transition Platform Overview to learn more.

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:

  • Analyze energy transition experiences;
  • Enable in-depth global peer learning on energy transition policies and initiatives;
  • Overcome barriers to energy transition challenges and adopt innovative models.

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:

1. During the Peer Forum phase, energy transition experiences were analyzed and participating governments exchanged and learned about successful models and shared challenges. Thematic areas that were discussed included stakeholder engagement, community-based renewables, emissions reduction from the heating sector and energy storage. Please refer to the ‘Case Studies’ tab to read about specific policy models that were presented.

2. The project is currently in the Innovation Lab phase, during which the governments work closely together to spread the most promising energy transition innovations and initiatives through adoption, scale-up and solution-finding for overcoming barriers. Three Innovation Labs have been created around these topics: community-based renewable energy, energy efficiency in buildings and industry engagement.

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:

For an overview of our partner regions' energy systems and policies, discover their individual profiles:

Energy Transition Platform

For more info on this initiative, contact:
Leah Good, States & Regions Policy Manager (Energy Transition), The Climate Group
+44(0)20 7960 2977
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