The Energy Transition is happening

Regions tell their stories


30 May 2018


Rue Montoyer 47
1000 Brussels

Many highly industrialized regions have recognized the benefits presented by the shift to a low carbon economy and are pressing ahead to accelerate the energy transition. Through the Energy Transition Platform, 11 leading sub-national governments have shared the opportunities and challenges they face in their jurisdictions, working together to develop and implement tangible solutions.

This event will close this two-year project, presenting its results and discussing what needs to happen, locally and at the European level, to scale up action.

10:00-10:30 - Registration and coffee

10:30-10:35 - Welcome

Hans H. Stein, Head of Representation of North Rhine-Westphalia to EU

10:35-10:40 - Introductory remarks

Lars Grotewold, Director, Centre for Climate Change, Stiftung Mercator

10:40-10:50 - Energy Transition Platform: Outcomes and lessons learnt

Tim Ash Vie, Director, Under2 Coalition Secretariat and Anne-Sophie Dörnbrack, Policy Manager, Energy Transition, The Climate Group

10:50-11:30 - Panel discussion: Regions collaborating to accelerate the low-carbon transition

ModerationHelen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group


  • Piotr Brożek, Head of Unit, International and Regional Cooperation in Environment, Government of Silesia
  • Maria Grazia Pedrana, Assistant Director – International Relations & Cooperation, DG Environment, Energy & Sustainable Development, Government of Lombardy
  • Rhiannon Phillips, Decarbonisation and Energy Division, Department for Energy Planning and Rural Affairs, Welsh Government
  • Tina Völker, Policy Officer, Ministry for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy Government of North Rhine-Westphalia

11:30-11:40 - Questions from the audience

11:40-12:10 - Achieving ambitious targets – EU energy policy and the role of regional governments

In conversation with

  • Martin Porter, Europe Group Co-ordinator, European Climate Foundation
  • Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, European Commission's Directorate General for Energy

12:10-12:25 - Questions and discussion with the audience

12:25-12:30 - Closing remarks

12:30-13:30 - Lunch

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