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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.

 

Latest activities


Policy Briefing: Preparing for the storm: The role of UK business and government in improving UK resilience to climate change in the UK

9 November 2021

11 November 2021 - As COP26 focuses on the built environment, the UK Corporate Leaders Group (CLG UK) launches its new report highlighting the role and interaction of business and policy in supporting resilient places.

CLG Europe letter to the Competitiveness Council highlights the role it can play through supporting Industrial policy during the Fit for 55 negotiations.

20 October 2021

18 October 2021 – CLG Europe Director Eliot Whittington sent a letter to the Ministers of the Competitiveness Council including a number of recommendations on how the Fit for 55 package can strengthen its approach with Industry.

More than 80 UK businesses urge Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver coherent climate strategy in countdown to COP26

17 September 2021

20 September 2021 - With just over 40 days to go until the UN climate summit more than 80 UK businesses, including BT, Coca-Cola, Tesco, Anglian Water, JLL, Santander, Unilever, the Co-op and Heathrow are calling on Boris Johnson to show strong domestic leadership that can help deliver global progress on climate change...

High-level webinar: Unpacking the Fit for 55 Package: perspectives and next steps, 16 July 2021

21 July 2021

21 July 2021 - Organised with the support of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), this virtual event was an opportunity for representatives of the Green Growth Group, Members of the European Parliament and business to provide initial reactions to the publication of the Fit for 55 Package by the European Commission on 14 July, exchange perspectives and formulate recommendations on the way forward to achieve climate objectives and the transition towards a prosperous, competitive and climate neutral Europe.

CLG Europe rapid reaction to EU Fit for 55% package

13 July 2021

14 July 2021 - Today the European Commission released its flagship ‘Fit for 55’ package of climate and energy legislation to deliver its 2030 targets. CLG Europe has carried out a first evaluation of key areas of the proposals.

Business leaders call on EU for effective and coherent “Fit for 55% package” that delivers EU leadership on climate and the net zero transition

29 June 2021

30 June 2021 - In an open letter to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and further key EU policymakers, CLG Europe members and business network partners, are calling on the EU to seize this opportunity and demonstrate leadership in the run up to the COP26 summit.

Report: Bridging the Gap: UK business and policy leadership for net zero

17 June 2021

23 June 2021 – A new report from the UK Corporate Leaders Group (CLG UK) sets out steps for how business and government can work together to bridge the gap between present action and necessary ambition.

Report: Tomorrow’s markets today: Scaling up demand for climate neutral basic materials and products

17 May 2021

11 May 2021 – The climate transition is an unprecedented shift in our societies and economies. As the EU stands ready to deliver the next round of key policies in support of this transition and works to update its industrial strategy and other key policies, there is an important discussion to be had about how policies that shape and create market demand can be used to drive change. Achieving a climate neutral, circular and competitive economy requires changes to the ways we produce and consume the basic materials that are essential inputs into manufacturing value chains.

Blog: Building on the Ten Point Plan

4 December 2020

4 December 2020 – Eliot Whittington presents a new analysis with Cambridge Econometrics that suggests the government's plan to accelerate the Green Industrial Revolution will not yet put the country on track to meet its net zero goals.

Companies, business groups and investors call on UK Prime Minister to deliver strong Paris Agreement pledge and urge businesses to join the campaign

30 October 2020

1 December 2020 - In the run up to the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement on climate change companies, business groups and investors are calling on Boris Johnson to announce a substantial emissions commitment.

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