Sub-national governments share their critical issues and ideas on electric vehicle policy

20 November 2013

LONDON: Today at COP19 in Warsaw, Poland, we released an electric vehicle (EV) policy briefing, analyzing the critical issues governments are facing around EV policy, and the best ways to engage consumers on EVs.

The report was released following a meeting where senior political representatives from ten member regions of our States and Regions Alliance governments joined The Climate Group's CEO Mark Kenber, CEO and Libby Ferguson, States and Regions Director, for a discussion on the strategic developments for the Alliance in the lead up to 2015's COP21 in Paris.

The EV report summarizes findings from virtual meetings of government participants of the Electric Vehicle Policy Initiative (EVPI), who met throughout 2012 to identify critical issues being faced in regard to EV policy, to share experiences and ideas for engaging consumers on EVs, and to discuss EV financing and infrastructure. 

The Climate Group created the EVPI in September 2011 ahead of an anticipated surge in electric vehicle deployment, to become a forum for leading sub-national governments to share lessons learned and best practices on the development of EV policies. 

Libby Ferguson, States and Regions Director, The Climate Group, said: "Our EV Policy working group includes members from across our global alliance of States and Regions. It demonstrates the value that can be generated when like-minded governments come together to share experiences to support policy development in exciting new areas. Already some members have now gone on to launch new programs to support a larger scale roll out of EVs in their respective regions."

The Initiative functions as a working group of The Climate Group's States and Regions Alliance, and is led by the Government of Québec, with participation from the sub-national governments of the Basque Country, Bavaria, British Columbia, Brittany, California, Manitoba, New York, North Rhine-Westphalia, Ontario, Québec, São Paulo and Saxony.

Yves-François Blanchet, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks for the Government of Québec, commented on the report: “Québec has been very active in the work of the EV Policy Initiative, which was notably quite useful in the development of our Electrification Strategy, and hopefully of other partners' EV policies as well. This is another good example of State and Regions partnership.” 

The Climate Group's States and Regions Alliance is a strong network of 22 state and regional government members and 40 affiliate members across 20 countries, who are committed at the highest political levels to take ambitious action on climate change. The States and Regions Alliance member governments work to identify and share best practices and to spread evidence on the benefits of accelerating a low carbon economy.

Commenting on the progress at the invite-only States and Regions meeting, Libby Ferguson said: "All of our regional members are demonstrating significant ambition and action in many different policy areas, from transport to energy efficiency, green growth and renewables. There was clear agreement that in showing leadership at the sub-national level, we could support and encourage higher ambition at national level." 

The Climate Group and Québec are assessing additional ways that the EVPI can support leading sub-national governments in their transition to electric transportation. If you would like to join the group, or have ideas for ways we could work together, please contact us.

Read the electric vehicle policy briefing

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