COP25 - Leading the coal phase out: Ambition and action by states and provinces

How sub-national leaders and organizations are modelling the way for a clean energy transition, and helping to advance national-level dialogue.

U.S. Climate Action Center
IFEMA exhibition centre
Madrid, Spain

Contractors lay pipe at Nevada's Crescent Dunes Solar Thermal Facility.
Contractors lay pipe at Nevada's Crescent Dunes Solar Thermal Facility.

At this COP25 event sub-national representatives will provide insight into the policies and programs they are deploying to achieve emissions reductions, while promoting economic development, empowering an inclusive and just transition, advancing environmental and social outcomes, and ensuring consumers are protected.

Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at how clean energy transition frameworks are developed, how to engage and mobilize stakeholders to inform government action, and what strategies can be implemented to reach decisions.

The event will feature plenary remarks from designated international climate representatives, stage setting from organizations driving the global energy transition from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables, and a moderated panel discussion with senior government officials.


  • Patricia Fuller, Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change
  • Minister Jeff Yurek, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
  • Scott Glenn, Chief Energy Officer, Hawaii State Energy Office
  • Commissioner Andrew McAllister, California Energy Commission
  • Aitor Urresti González, Director General for Energy Transition, Government of the Balearic Islands
  • Chris Davis, Senior Advisor, Climate and Energy Affair, Office of Governor Jay Inslee
  • Carla Frisch, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute, Washington DC

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Key questions

  • How can states, regions, and cities take the lead on developing emissions reduction methods in the absence of national policy? 
  • How can climate action be a driver of job creation, innovation and economic strength?
  • How was an inclusive stakeholder engagement and consultation process used to support the successful implementation of policies and programs?
  • How were champions secured and decision makers influenced to advance policy and legislation agendas and frameworks?
  • What factors were critical for success and what issues posed the toughest challenges?
  • What lessons can other states, regions, and cities learn from your example?