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The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) is a select group of European business leaders working together under the patronage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to advocate solutions on climate change to policymakers and business peers within the EU and globally.

Our goal

Governments have agreed that in order to minimise the risks of the worst impacts of climate change, global average warming should be stabilised at 2°C[1]. The CLG members are committed to working towards business models that are compatible with the global emissions trajectory required to keep cumulative emissions below one trillion tonnes of carbon from manmade CO2 [2], thus striving to limit global temperature rise to 2°C.

CLG members are committed to playing a leadership role in securing a just, low carbon transition, both in terms of changing their own businesses and sectors, and advocating change in the wider economic and political context. At a minimum the CLG supports the goal of achieving net zero emissions globally well before 2100, and “at least” 40 per cent emissions reductions overall by 2030 and at least 80 per cent by 2050 EU-wide[3]. 

How we work 

The CLG seeks to deliver its goal through bringing European business leaders together to advocate for policy change in relation to climate change and a low carbon transition, drawing on high-level convening, thought leadership, business innovation and new partnerships as required.

The CLG is composed of major companies including market leaders and household names that are representative of the majority of EU member states. It is deliberately composed to represent a broad cross section of business sectors, including service providers, retailers and consumer goods companies, infrastructure operators, energy generators, energy producers, energy intensive industries, advanced manufacturing, and technology suppliers. The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is not a member of the CLG but provides the secretariat to it. [4]

Our principles

  • We are aspirational - We seek to be at the forefront of the debate on climate action within our sectors, between sectors and where possible in the business and policy community at large, identifying and supporting solutions that reflect the scale and importance of the challenge.
  • We walk the talk – Members individually have a clear and convincing strategy to play their part in reducing emissions in line with the CLG’s goal, and respond to the risks climate change poses to their business.
  • We support a diversity of solutions – We support a mix of low carbon mitigation solutions such as energy efficiency, renewable and low carbon power generation, as well as adaption/resilience actions around the energy-water-land nexus.
  • We are innovative – We strive to promote process and systems innovation as well as technology innovation. We also seek to address key climate and decarbonisation-related issues such as growth, jobs and competitiveness, the circular economy, health impacts, and new manufacturing solutions.

 


[3] INDC baseline of 1990 emissions

[4] Decisions of the CLG do not represent the policies or positions of CISL or of the wider University of Cambridge

Members