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CLG Europe works to develop solutions on climate change with policymakers and business peers across the world. The group engages at the EU-wide and member-state levels to raise policy ambition and drive the transformation to a low carbon economy, and projects those insights outside Europe by working in partnership on the international stage.

 

Through its Green Growth Partnership, the CLG Europe works closely with the Green Growth Group of EU climate and environment ministers and supportive Members of the European Parliament, as well as maintaining a network of sister groups across the EU. One of the founders of the We Mean Business coalition, for which it provides the EU policy lead, CLG Europe works in partnership with some of the largest business focused organisations in support of climate action.

The cross-sectoral group is able to convene thoughtful and engaged discussions with policymakers, where the challenges and opportunities of securing a sustainable economy can be explored in a setting that is often informal, intimate and in an atmosphere of trust.

Members of CLG Europe are united by a commitment to work towards a sustainable and prosperous future.  The group is diverse enough that its perspectives will not be limited to any one sector or interest. These characteristics and the high quality facilitation provided by the secretariat allow broader, deeper and more focused engagement with policymakers around the actions required to raise climate ambition, build low carbon policy and drive innovation to deliver a low carbon society.

Whilst many of the CLG’s discussions are featured here, some of the most thoughtful and interesting take place in closed discussions that allow a free exchange of ideas, experience and best practice.

 

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The Materials and Products Taskforce reacts to the release of the second part of the Circular Economy Package

30 November 2022

30 November 2022 - The European Commission has released the second part of its Circular Economy Package for 2022, the EU’s flagship legislative package that aims to create more sustainable products and materials and enhance circularity. The Taskforce support an ambitious Package, however, calls on policymakers to accelerate action.

Blog: Business leadership is key to driving a European Circular Economy – 12 months on from the launch of the Materials and Products Taskforce

29 October 2022

28 October 2022 - CISL's Tahmid Chowdhury reflects on the last 12 months since the Materials and Products Taskforce was launched.

New analysis of EU climate and energy policies demonstrates how contextualised design is key to effecting change

10 October 2022

10 October 2022 - New analysis of EU climate and energy policies demonstrates how contextualised design is key to effecting change.

Event: Green Growth Summit 2022, Monday 10 October, 12.30 - 16.30 (CET) (Hybrid Event)

18 July 2022

The annual Green Growth Summit took place on 10 October 2022 in the context of the EU moving rapidly to reduce its dependency on Russian fossil fuels and address soaring energy prices and run up to COP27. The Summit brought together Environment, Climate and Energy Ministers, State Secretaries, Ambassadors, Members of the European Parliament and business leaders, to discuss how to ensure an ambitious outcome of the negotiations and implementation of the ‘Fit for 55 Package’, in parallel to the REPowerEU Plan, and reflect on how the EU could show global leadership in climate action and clean energy transition.

Policy Briefing: The Best of Both Worlds: How tackling cost-of-living and decarbonisation creates win-wins for the UK economy

27 June 2022

27 June 2022 - New research by the UK Corporate Leaders Group indicates policies aiming to address the cost-of-living and energy crises and reduce emissions have better long-term impacts for the economy, environment and society.

CLG Europe letter to the Competitiveness Council reflects on the importance of discussion on Strategic Industrial Ecosystems and the Green Transition at the June Competitiveness Council

23 June 2022

24 June 2022 – CLG Europe Director Eliot Whittington sent a letter to the Competitiveness Council reflecting on the discussion around the Strategic Industrial Ecosystems and Empowering Consumers on the Green Transition

CLG Europe Response to the European Parliament’s vote on key Fit for 55 files

22 June 2022

22 June 2022 - Today, the European Parliament Plenary returned to their postponed votes on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) and the Social Climate Fund (SCF). New agreement on these key files calls for slightly higher ambition than European Commission proposals demonstrates a step in the right direction.

CLG Europe & members rapid reaction to European Commission Nature Restoration Law proposal

22 June 2022

22 June 2022 - Today the European Commission published its proposal on the Nature Restoration Law. CLG Europe welcomes the new Nature Restoration Law proposal as a “missing piece of the European Green Deal”, suggesting the new legislation has the potential to increase European environmental and economic resilience. The Commission’s proposal sets multiple binding restoration targets across ecosystems and aims to restore at least 20% of the EU’s land and sea areas by 2030 and foresees all ecosystems in need of restoration to be addressed by 2050.

Businesses call on the European Commission to not further delay in proposal for legally binding nature restoration targets

9 June 2022

9 June 2022 - In the joint letter, leading businesses welcome the ambitions of the Commission to propose legally binding targets for nature restoration and urges the publication of these in June 2022 with no further delay.

CLG Europe rapid reaction to European Parliament Fit for 55 plenary vote

8 June 2022

8 June 2022 - Today, the European Parliament Plenary voted to return the revision of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) back to Committee and to postpone the votes on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) and the Social Climate Fund (SCF). In response CLG Europe calls on all MEPs to work towards ensuring increased ambition and a coherent agreement on the Fit for 55 Package.

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