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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

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.

CLG Europe Materials & Products Taskforce’s analysis of the EU’s March Circular Economy Package

31 May 2022

1 June 2022 - The European Commission recently released its March Circular Economy Package, a key moment for the transition towards a climate neutral and circular future. The package is composed of various proposals, including the long-awaited Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR), and seeks to accelerate the transformation towards a European circular economy.

CLG Europe’s rapid response to the REPowerEU Plan

18 May 2022

18 May 2022 - The European Commission has today (Wednesday May 18) released its REPowerEU Plan and supporting documents to reduce the EU’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels in response to the invasion of Ukraine and fast forward the green transition. CLG Europe welcomes the increased ambition and momentum on renewables and energy efficiency. However, the business leaders group underlines that new investment must be focused on the green transition, rather than new gas infrastructure.

More than 150 business leaders call on EU to strengthen energy security by accelerating green transition

4 May 2022

11 May 2022 - As the Russian invasion of Ukraine is about to enter its twelfth week, more than 150 businesses including Microsoft, Unilever, H&M, Signify and Iberdrola, urge the EU to strengthen Europe’s energy security and resilience by accelerating the green transition.

Corporate Leaders Groups top InfluenceMap ranking on climate policy engagement

14 April 2022

20 April 2022 - InfluenceMap has recently launched an interactive platform tracking influencing efforts of companies and industry associations on key files within the EU Green Deal’s landmark initiative of the ‘Fit for 55’ package. The Corporate Leaders Groups were awarded an “A” ranking for their ongoing policy engagement for climate action, topping the industrial association list.

CLG Europe Materials & Products Taskforce’s rapid reaction to the March Circular Economy Package

30 March 2022

30 March 2022 - Today the European Commission released its First 2022 Circular Economy Package. This is a key moment for the transition towards a climate neutral and circular future. The package includes an array of horizontal and sector-specific legislation which aims to accelerate the transformation towards a European Circular Economy, including the widely anticipated Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR).

Business groups affirm support for people of Ukraine and call on EU to accelerate Europe’s green transition to strengthen energy security

4 March 2022

7 March 2022 - In an open letter sent as Russian troops continue their offensive in Ukraine, the European Corporate Leaders Group (CLG Europe) and We Mean Business Coalition urge European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to view the Green Deal not only as the de facto growth strategy for the EU, but also at the heart of energy security.

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