The CLG provides a written submission to the UK Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee inquiry on leaving the EU
23 December 2016 – The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group have provided a written submission to the UK Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee inquiry on Leaving the EU: negotiation priorities for energy and climate change policy.
1 December 2016 – The 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place in Marrakesh, Morocco, in November.
29 November 2016 – Leading businesses have called for more ambitious EU energy legislation to replace the current renewables directive to provide more effective and consistent policy following the conclusions of a report by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG).
16 November 2016, Marrakech, Morocco – Business and subnational leaders today called on governments to start planning for long-term climate strategies now in order to unlock the investments needed for the transition to a zero carbon economy.
16 November 2016, Marrakech, Morocco – Business leaders and Ministers from across the EU have come together to discuss the innovation needed to transition to a zero carbon economy at an event hosted jointly by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and We Mean Business.
16 November 2016 – New policy briefing, Future Proofing: Sustainable plans for prosperous economies, from The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leadership Group (CLG) in partnership with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and We Mean Business, highlights the importance of long-term policy planning to deliver the vision of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and outlines key characteristics of business friendly long-term plans.
Press release: Entry into force of the Paris Agreement marks the beginning of a new era, says Corporate Leaders Group
4 November 2016, Cambridge – Business leaders today welcomed the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Press release: Corporate Leaders Group welcomes Europe’s ratification of the Paris Agreement and early entry into force
5 October 2016, Cambridge – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group today welcomed Europe’s ratification of the Paris Agreement, triggering an early entry into force at COP22 in Marrakesh next month.
Press release: Corporate Leaders Group urges EU to fast-track ratification of Paris Agreement without weakening ambition
29 September 2016, Brussels / Cambridge – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group urges Europe to ratify the Paris Agreement without undermining its climate agenda.
Press release: Corporate Leaders Group calls for swift EU ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
21 September 2016, New York – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group today called on the EU to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change as soon as possible to trigger its entry into force.
Businesses from The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group call for new policy to drive the circular economy
12 August 2016 – Members of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, with guests from Business in the Community and the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment, hold high-level talks on policy needed to drive the circular economy.
The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) supports Latin America’s drive for competitive low carbon growth
8 July 2016 – Following the implementation of the first carbon tax in South America, the Government of Chile, with the support of CISL and the World Bank Group convened a high-level meeting on how to progress low carbon development objectives in the region.
14 March 2016 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) calls for the Chancellor to commit to a thriving low carbon UK plc in his 2016 Budget.
3 March 2016 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group contributes to the second low carbon Business Compendium five years on from the first. The Compendium brings together the ambitions and achievements of nearly 30 European businesses showing the progress they have made so far in tackling climate change and moving towards a low carbon economy.
17 February 2016 – Today, heads of some of Europe’s largest businesses called for decisive reform to the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), as a vital first step to demonstrate commitment to delivering the ambition enshrined in the Paris Agreement.
14 January 2016 – A warm and wet UK winter has increased public awareness of the devastating impacts of climate change, argues David Webb. Combined with a successful outcome at COP21 in Paris last month, this could help the irresistible shift towards a low carbon economy.
12 January 2015 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group disseminated its key messages at COP21 through dozens of interviews our spokespeople gave while in Paris in December, media releases and blogs we published and press briefings we organised. Here is a selection of our press coverage.
22 December 2015 – Building on the experience of the Corporate Climate Communiqués, the Paris Pledge for Action (L’Appel de Paris), a collective statement by non-state actors, is crucial for the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, explains Nicolette Bartlett.
22 December 2015 – Reflecting on the outcome of COP21, Eliot Whittington welcomes an agreement that is far more ambitious than predicted and has put to bed the idea that the world is not willing to act on climate.
17 December 2015 – The EU played a key role in making the unexpectedly strong Paris Agreement on climate change happen. It must now walk the talk, and deliver increased climate ambition through its own energy union.
16 December 2015 – Global businesses, investors, cities and regions make Paris Pledge to meet or exceed the ambition set by the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group welcomes the adoption of the Paris agreement on climate change
Paris, 12 December 2015 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group welcomes the adoption of the first ever universal agreement to tackle climate change today at COP21 in Paris. The Paris agreement will accelerate the shift to a thriving, clean, decarbonised economy.
Paris, 10 December 2015 – As world leaders are finalising a new global climate agreement this week, Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, explains what business expects from COP21.
Press release: Business leaders ask for clear long-term emissions goal to be included in Paris climate deal
Paris, 9 December 2015 – With just 48 hours to go before the end of the COP21 UN climate conference, business organisations working with thousands of corporations and investors urged world leaders to ensure that a clear and specific long-term emissions goal is included in the final Paris agreement.
Very promising signals were sent during the first days of COP21, but much more needs to be done to reach a global climate deal, explains Eliot Whittington, Deputy Director, The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group.
30 November 2015 – COP21 international climate talks in Paris opened this morning with speeches from outgoing COP20 President and Peruvian Minister of the Environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, this year’s COP21 President, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, and Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Press release: Paris Climate Change Conference opens with unprecedented call by governments and businesses to end fossil fuel subsidies
Paris, 30 November 2015 – An unprecedented coalition of close to 40 governments, hundreds of businesses and influential international organisations has called today for accelerated action to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, a move that would help bridge the gap to keep global temperature rise below 2°C.
26 November 2015 – A new We Mean Business report sets out 8 asks for COP21 to turn the Paris agreement from a diplomatic settlement into a catalytic instrument for business leadership.
26 November 2015 – In an interview with EuroMetaux, the voice of the European metals industry, our Director Sandrine Dixson-Declève explains what the business community expects from COP21.
30 November–12 December 2015: We’ll be supporting a strong climate agreement in Paris throughout a series of events during the two weeks of COP21.
On 30 November 2015, the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group join forces to handover the Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Communiqué on the opening day of COP21, in the presence of Heads of Governments and business leaders.
18 November 2015 – The UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has set a clear direction of travel towards decarbonisation, but more is needed on energy efficiency, says our Deputy Director.
31 July 2015 – Last week, the UK government became the most recent supporter of the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Communiqué, which is calling on a fundamental rewiring of our global economy through the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies.
10 July 2015 – Report released by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group shows ETS has helped companies focus on carbon emissions reduction.
15 June 2015 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), EURELECTRIC and IETA call on Commissioner Arias Cañete to move forward with plans to revise the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
26–28 May 2015 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) supports the world’s largest professional trade fair and summit on carbon markets and pricing systems, climate finance, and technology incentives.
7 May 2015 – The European Parliament and Council have given the green light to a Commission proposal to bring forward reform of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS).
The Corporate Leaders Group, business leaders, policymakers and academics recognise the need for bold business leadership ahead of and beyond the crucial UN climate talks in Paris in December.
The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), through its Corporate Leaders Group, is an official partner of the Business & Climate Summit.
19–20 March 2015 – Leading European businesses including Acciona, EDF Energy and GlaxoSmithKline have written to Heads of State and Government to call for an EU Energy Union that equally focuses on securing energy supplies and reducing carbon emissions.
25 February 2015 – The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) has welcomed the European Commission's new Energy Union framework strategy, published alongside its vision for a 2015 international climate agreement.
24 February 2015 – Today’s vote by Members of the European Parliament to reform the the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) to include a Market Stability Reserve (MSR) from the end of 2018 "is a step in the right direction but still falls short of the strides Europe should be taking".
17 February 2015 – More than 60 major companies and business groups from across Europe have written to key MEPs to ask them to vote in favour of early reform of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS), to include a Market Stability Reserve (MSR) by 2017.
"Business as usual is dead" says Philippe Joubert, Chair of The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group
12 February 2015 – In a video interview on France24, Philippe Joubert, Chair of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, states the importance of involving the corporate sector in climate change solutions if we want them to succeed.
27 January 2015 – More than 300 business leaders, policymakers, academics and environmentalists gathered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), and to recognise the leading role business has to play in tackling climate change in the future.
2 November 2014 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) welcomed the release of the Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report (IPCC AR5).
24 October 2014 – The European Council has just agreed a new climate and energy deal that sets a binding domestic Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) target of “at least” 40% but which failed to agree ambitious targets for the share of energy from renewable sources and for energy efficiency.
Leading Polish businesses commend Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz for not blocking the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Package
24 October 2014 – In a letter to Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) and members of the Polish Business & Science Climate Platform (led by the CLG) welcomed the EU agreement on the EU Energy and Climate package and commended Poland for its support of the deal.
23 October 2014 – Sir Ian Cheshire, CEO of Kingfisher Plc and UK Chair of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group appeared live on CNBC to represent the Group’s call for an ambitious EU Climate and Energy package this week. He said "if we don’t have clarity of targets and commitment for transformation to new model of the economy then business can’t play its part".
21 October 2014 – Members of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) are urging EU ministers to agree an ambitious package on climate change at the European Council meetings this week.
21–23 September – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) was actively involved in the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit, and related activities, during Climate Week in New York recently. A significant number of world leaders attended the summit, including more than 100 Heads of State and Government. They were joined by more than 800 leaders from business, finance and civil society.
5 October 2014 – In this opinion piece, Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Director, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, reflects on what the United Nation's climate summit means for green businesses.
24 September 2014 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG)'s activities in and around the New York Climate Summit
23 September 2014 – More companies and investors are committed to bold leadership on climate than ever because they know it makes business sense.
23 September 2014 – The patron of the Corporate Leaders Group, HRH The Prince of Wales, delivered a video message on the opening day of Climate Week in New York.
23 September 2014 – The Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) will be represented at the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Climate Summit, amongst Heads of State, Government, business, finance, and civil society climate leaders from across the globe.
22 September 2014 – Watch business leaders and politicians make the case for action on climate change at the launch of Climate Week NYC.
The Climate has Changed, a new report by We Mean Business, on why bold, low carbon action makes good business sense
22 September 2014 – This new report by We Mean Business shows that companies can be confident that creating a low carbon strategy makes good business sense. A group of companies identified in this report are demonstrating bold leadership on climate action driven by the risks and opportunities they know climate change will bring to their businesses.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and leading businesses hail UN Climate Summit as key moment to tackle climate change
18 September 2014 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), whose members include household names like Coca Cola Enterprises, EDF, Jaguar Land Rover, Philips, and Tesco, is urging governments to use the UN summit on climate change in New York on 23 September to raise ambition in international negotiations on climate change and commit to concrete action to drive down carbon emissions.
17 September 2014 – We Mean Business is a powerful coalition of world-leading business and climate organisations, who have joined forces – for the first time – to create a unified business voice in support of decisive action to tackle climate change, and transition to a low carbon economy.
16 September 2014 – A short and relevant summary of the recently launched New Climate Economy synthesis report has been released by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group.
16 September 2014 – A landmark piece of research that promises to turn the dialogue on the opportunity presented by climate change has been launched today.
22 July 2014 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group today welcomed the news that the government would stick to its commitment to cut carbon emissions by 50% by 2027, as indicated by the UK’s Fourth Carbon Budget.
13 June 2014 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) has written to President Barroso calling for him and his commissioners to ensure that the future shape of EU long-term energy security and climate policy go hand in hand and that Europe maintains its leadership position on climate change internationally.
15 April 2014 – The latest call for action from The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, The Trillion Tonne Communiqué, has drawn considerable media interest.
14 April 2014 – Influential US media site The Hill featured the launch of The Trillion Tonne Communiqué; linking it to the latest IPCC report that came out the same week.
13 April 2014 – A coalition of leading UK, EU and international companies, including, Acciona, Coca-Cola Enterprises, EDF Energy, Shell, Tesco and Unilever, today welcomed the third part of the 5th Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change (IPCC), Mitigation of Climate Change.
08 April 2014 – Leading global businesses, coordinated by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, today urged governments to put policies in place to prevent the cumulative emission of more than a trillion tonnes of carbon. They warn that failure to limit the stock of carbon in the atmosphere will see the world face unmanageable risks from climate change.
31 March 2014 – Members of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Groups are calling for urgent action from governments in response to a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, which represents the latest scientific evidence.
18 March 2014 – Eliot Whittington, Deputy Director of The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group spoke about a number of improvements required for a healthy climate and energy package at the event Competitiveness and credibility: What is the best outcome for business from the EU 2030 climate negotiations?
18 March 2014 – Members of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group have supported The Polish Business & Science Climate Platform statement in advance of the European Council meeting calling on EU Ministers to support a robust 2030 climate and energy package that sets appropriate targets for GHG emissions and builds a climate for growth.
17 March 2014 – The Polish Business and Science Climate Platform (which includes CISL, West Coast Energy Polska, GE, Shell, Philips, Carrier, Skanska, ALTA, Warsaw Institute for Economic Studies and Buro Happold) released a statement supporting a robust 2030 climate and energy package that sets targets for GHG emissions and builds a climate for growth.
11 March 2014 – Rob Boogaard, acting CEO and president EMEA of Interface and a member of The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group discusses reducing Europe's carbon – how setting ambitious targets will take business away from the ordinary and force it to search for new alternatives.
06 March 2014 – Senior leaders of major companies including Shell, Unilever, BT, EDF Energy, Kingfisher, Anglian Water, and Lloyds Banking Group have written to David Cameron urging him to follow the advice of the Committee on Climate Change and maintain the UK’s fourth carbon budget at its current level.
Business representatives from the CLG and Green Growth Platform meet with Members of the European Parliament
3 December 2014 – The representatives met the MEPs in the European Parliament to make the case for a low carbon economy as MEPs settle into their new five-year mandate. The businesses, including 3M, BT, Doosan Power, EDF Energy, Ikea, Novozymes, Shell and Unilever, enjoyed a dynamic conversation with a cross-party selection of MEPs who congratulated the cross-sectoral group for coming forward with sound evidence.
27 February 2014 – Members of the Corporate Leaders Group and ClimateWise signed the Aldersgate Group co-ordinated letter to the Financial Times warning of an increased frequency in UK flooding due to climate change.
UK Prime Minister supports The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group's call for EU-China relationship to focus on green growth
26 February 2014 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, together with the Aldersgate Group and E3G wrote to the Prime Minister in November 2013 calling for ambitious initiatives on green growth to be put at the heart of EU-China discussions.
22 January 2014 – A group of leading businesses including Unilever, Skanska, BT, Acciona, Shell, Philips, Lloyds, and Kingfisher today welcomed the European Commission's White Paper on its 2030 Climate and Energy package, which proposes a target of 40% domestic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, but warned that current proposals must not be watered down any further.
13 January 2014 – On 13 January 2013 The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) had a positive meeting with the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey. The group expressed their support for the UK retaining its current level of ambition on climate change, and continuing to show leadership in the EU and internationally.
28 October 2013 – Today, business leaders from The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group joined European Ministers responsible for energy and climate change in Brussels for the European Green Growth Summit.
01 October 2014 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), with the support of the European Climate Foundation, has initiated the Polish Business & Science Climate Coalition, a coalition of companies and academic institutes. The aim of this initiative is to work together to enhance existing activities and discussions around the reduction of CO2 emissions in Poland and explore possible areas for collaboration in preparation for COP 19 and beyond.
01 October 2013 – Members of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) have been responding to the IPCC report since its release on 27 September, urging government and business into action to reduce carbon emissions and increase resilience.
27 September 2013 – Business leaders from across the EU are urging immediate action from governments, businesses and society to reduce carbon emissions and increase resilience in response to the first part of the 5th report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released today.
15 July 2015 – Today the European Commission presented proposals to revise the EU Emissions Trading System.
18 June 2013 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) and Confederation of British Industry hosted a high-level conference on 'Making the business case for a 2030 energy and climate change policy framework' in Brussels.
4 June 2013 – Senior leaders from the Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) met for dinner with HRH The Prince of Wales.
A group of 57 leading companies and business organisations representing more than 4.5 million employees worldwide, today urged EU leaders to agree a robust 2030 energy and climate policy framework and energy security strategy that is fully in line with Europe’s long- term climate objectives and that can help deliver a global climate change agreement.
13 January 2015 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group has written to MEPs, calling on them to reform the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) to include a Market Stability Reserve (MSR) by 2017 at the latest, to keep the continent on track for developing a low carbon economy and energy system.
12–13 November 2014, Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Director of The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group attended the TATRA SUMMIT Conference
18 December 2014 – Ministers right to call for EU climate action, say Europe’s business leaders
3 December 2014 – The Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) and the Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action (CLN) are preparing for an exciting week of climate discussions in Lima, Peru this month. The groups will be represented at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP), amongst Ministers, negotiators, business, finance, and civil society climate leaders from across the globe. The 20th COP is an essential milestone on the way to securing a definitive global agreement in Paris at the end of 2015.
4 June 2015 – Sandrine Dixson Declève, Director of the Corporate Leaders Group was interviewed by RTCC’s Climate Change TV last week at the Carbon Expo in Barcelona.
24 July 2015 – Today saw the first major speech on climate change made by the Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd. Read our initial reaction.