Coal Regions and the Energy Transition
Track 2 Dialogues


In 2021, supported by the Energy Foundation China and partnered with the China Coal Society, JHCGA launched the U.S.-China Coal Regions and Energy Transition Track 2 dialogues.

These Track 2 (unofficial) dialogues, bring together leaders and stakeholders on the ground in largest coal-producing regions of the U.S. (Wyoming, West Virginia and Pennsylvania) and China (Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Inner Mongolia) to share new ideas and best practices in energy and just transition policymaking.

Why Is This Dialogue Important?

  • The U.S. and China are the globe's two largest economies and largest energy consumers. 

  • The U.S. and China are the globe's largest producers of coal, the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel. 

  • The U.S. and China emit more than 40% of the globe's CO2.  To act on climate, both countries must be in the lead.

Participants in these dialogues are some of the key leaders in the key U.S.-China coal-producing regions whose actions can shape the climate policymaking, clean energy, and job creating opportunities that hasten the energy and just transition. 


To facilitate new policy ideas and outcomes in climate action between the U.S. and China through the transformation of coal-producing regions


To create a durable bridge/network between U.S.-China coal regions that strengthens policymaking and joint climate action

Dialogue #1:

  1. U.S. – China Coal Economy Overview: Understanding the Key Challenges

Dialogue #2: 

  • U.S. – China Coal Communities and Economic Diversification Strategies

Dialogue #3:

  • The Role of Business in the Energy Transition