To ensure that no regions are left behind in the move towards a climate neutral economy, the European Commission launched in December 2017 the ‘Platform on coal regions in transition’. It provides opportunities for national, regional and local representatives to discuss how these regions best can modernise their economies in line with a clean energy transition that also focuses on social fairness, new skills and financing for the real economy. Through the platform and secretariat, local and regional governments are able to source expertise, information and support to help ease their clean energy transition.
Measured, quantitative outcomes / project impact
The ‘Platform on Coal Regions in Transition’ supports coal regions (local and/or regional governments) to take on the challenge of the clean energy transition by building capacity through needs-oriented technical assistance, focusing on key areas of the transition process; developing support materials, toolkits, guidelines, and reports, focusing on issues such as employment, governance, financing, environmental rehabilitation, clean air, and technologies; and connecting stakeholders and facilitating dialogue among regions and the wider stakeholder community. ICLEI aims to build awareness of the Platform and develop a reputation for the Platform as a valuable source of expertise and information among primary target audiences. ICLEI fosters the creation of dynamic knowledge-sharing communities among the Platform’s primary target audiences and encourages participation in cooperation and knowledge-sharing activities.