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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

Business Briefing: Building a New European Competitiveness Deal: Six Tests For A Prosperous, Resilient, Fair And Green Economy.

22 May 2024

22 May 2024 - Securing geopolitical, economic and social stability is a priority for European leaders as they finalise the Strategic Agenda for the next five years. With the EU facing acute challenges to its competitiveness, heads of state have called for a “New European Competitiveness Deal”. Policymakers will have to learn from the past and effectively leverage Europe’s strengths through innovative, inspirational thinking and decisive, joint action.

Event: London Circular Economy Week, CLG Europe’s Materials and Products Taskforce webinar setting out EU Circular Economy Policy. 17 October 2023

17 October 2023

On 17 October 2023, as part of London Circular Economy Week, CLG Europe’s Materials and Products Taskforce hosted a webinar setting out EU Circular Economy Policy.

Tuesday, 17 October, 2023 - 10:00 to 11:00

Policy Briefing: Raising European Climate Ambition for 2040: A CLG Europe position paper

5 September 2023

05 September 2023 – A new policy briefing from the Corporate Leaders Group Europe calls on the EU to set a 2040 GHG emissions reduction target of at least 90% net reduction compared to 1990 levels.

Report: Embracing circularity: A pathway for strengthening the Critical Raw Materials Act

17 July 2023

17 July 2023 - CLG Europe’s Materials & Products Taskforce has released a new report in partnership with the Wuppertal Institute on the importance of better integrating circularity in the EU’s Critical Raw Materials Act.

New CLG Europe report calls for circular approach to critical raw materials needed for the green transition

17 July 2023

17 July 2023 - CLG Europe’s Materials & Products Taskforce has released a new report in partnership with the Wuppertal Institute on the urgent need for more circularity in the EU critical raw materials market.

CLG Europe submits response to European Commission public consultation on EU climate target for 2040

22 June 2023

22 June 2023 – CLG Europe has submitted a response to the EU’s public consultation on the 2040 target, calling for a net 90% reduction in GHG emissions (relative to 1990 levels), which includes no more than 8-10% of carbon removals.

Business and investor networks call for robust Nature Restoration Law to align EU’s nature and climate ambitions

29 March 2023

15 May 2023 - Over fifteen business and investor networks have written a letter to the European Parliament’s Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries Committees urging them to support the EU Nature Restoration Law.

The Materials and Products Taskforce reacts to the release of the Critical Raw Materials Act

16 March 2023

17 March 2023 – The European Commission has released the Critical Raw Materials Act, that aims to increase and diversify the EU’s critical raw materials supply, strengthen circularity and support research and innovation.

CDP data shows European businesses are already implementing key elements of the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive

19 January 2023

19 January 2023 - The European Commission published its proposal for a Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence (CSDDD) in February 2022. This critical piece of legislation aims to provide a regulatory framework on corporate sustainability governance. According to CDP’s latest data, more than a third of companies in Europe (37%) report that they have a climate transition plan in place and only 2% of those companies report on all relevant transition plan indicators. CDP defined 8 key elements that constitute a credible climate transition plan . These elements can be identified via disclosure on 24 indicators found in the CDP climate questionnaire.

Leading business and investor networks call for ambitious reform of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

16 January 2023

17 January 2023 - Three leading business, corporate and investor networks focused on climate change – the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) , Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) Europe and Climate Group – came together with over a dozen European business associations and investor networks in a letter to the European Parliament calling for ambitious reform of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). 10 March 2023, this letter has been shared with all Members of the European Parliament ahead of the plenary vote on 14 March.

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