The state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) plays a key role when it comes to implementing the energy transition in Germany: as an industrial region with a high level of energy consumption, NRW accounts for a very substantial 33 percent of Germany’s nationwide CO2 emissions. If Germany is to achieve its climate targets, NRW will need to switch to a low-carbon energy supply system. A learning platform for NRW and other industrial regions with a comparable structure is designed to drive the energy transition in Germany and Europe further forward.
Many industrial regions in Europe face the challenge of designing a climate-friendly energy supply system, while at the same time preserving their industrial basis and regional value-adding structures. A systematic exchange on questions relating to the planning and realization of ambitious measures and strategies will help the regions to learn from and with one another and to successfully redesign their energy systems. This will support climate change mitigation in Germany and Europe and help countries to reach their climate targets.
A learning platform brings together NRW and structurally similar regions in Europe, as well as stakeholders from business and civil society, and offers them the opportunity to engage in a concrete and systematic exchange with one another and to learn from and with one another.
A basic analysis is conducted to study the framework conditions which exist in NRW and other regions so as to be able to identify basic energy policy principles, experiences and challenges. In a dialogue with actors from business and society, action fields are identified which are key to a successful energy transition in NRW. Structurally similar regions will be specifically brought together to engage in an exchange with NRW about the relevant challenges, possible courses of action and practical examples. Selected political measures and initiatives will be explored to identify obstacles and opportunities. Experts will then provide support with the development of change strategies.