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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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Acting Together: How the UK can accelerate action to deliver a thriving net zero economy that works for all

5 March 2020

9 March 2020 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group has published a briefing outlining a set of leadership priorities for the UK Government, which aim to engage all parts of society in taking action in response to climate change.

The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group calls on UK Government for clear leadership to accelerate climate action

5 March 2020

9 March 2020 – As the UK begins preparations to host this year's global climate summit, businesses including Unilever, Anglian Water, EDF, Tesco, Sky, Coca-Cola European Partners, and others are urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to show strong climate leadership with a clear strategy championed from the top of government.

EU takes steps to enshrine climate neutrality by 2050 into climate law

2 March 2020

4 March 2020 – Building on Europe’s aims to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 a significant milestone was unveiled today.

CLG responds to European Council pledge to build climate neutral EU by 2050

13 December 2019

13 December 2019 – The European Council of member states yesterday formally supported the EU’s goal to become the world's first 'climate neutral' continent by 2050.

CLG Europe responds to European Green Deal

11 December 2019

12 December 2019 – Following the unveiling of Europe's Green Deal, CLG Europe responds to the key points detailed in this roadmap towards a carbon neutral Europe by 2050.

Blog: Progressive businesses support a 55% carbon reduction target in Europe

9 December 2019

9 December 2019 – The COP25 climate summit in Madrid needs to lay the groundwork for 2020 when countries and blocs will be measured against their commitment to the Paris Agreement. At EU level, this should translate into an ambitious European Green Deal, writes Eliot Whittington.

Business leaders call for higher ambition from EU as COP25 enters crucial second week

6 December 2019

9 December 2019 – As the second week COP25 gets underway in Madrid, business leaders from across Europe are urging the EU to drive and deliver higher ambition on the economic and just transition to net zero emissions.

Raising European climate ambition for 2030: A CLG Europe position paper

26 November 2019

27 November 2019 – CLG Europe welcomes the clear and highly significant commitment from the President-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to publish within her first 100 days in office a European Green Deal which will be her central priority and hallmark of her five-year term. As European business leaders CLG Europe also strongly endorses the President-elect’s commitment to set the EU on a path to becoming the world’s first climate neutral continent, and to achieve this by 2050 at the latest.

Business leaders urge EU to increase 2030 emissions reduction target to at least 55%

25 November 2019

27 November 2019 – Members of the European Corporate Leaders Group (CLG Europe) are supporting a significant increase in the EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target for 2030 in order to remain in line with climate neutrality by 2050.

Business leaders urge the EU to create a new industrial strategy to decarbonise heavy industry

30 September 2019

3 October 2019 – A new policy briefing from Corporate Leaders Group Europe (CLG Europe), a business leadership group convened by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), sets out approaches for how business can reduce industrial emissions to net-zero by 2050 and calls on EU policymakers to deliver a clean and circular industrial strategy.

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