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Business leadership for a climate neutral economy

This roundtable event took place on Wednesday 1 December 2021, 1.00-2:30PM (CET)

Context and background

This high-level event followed the November Competitiveness Council and its discussions on the Fit for 55 report and the aftermath of COP26. This is a key moment to highlight how Europe can secure a green transition whilst ensuring its competitiveness.

The roundtable brought together CLG Europe’s network of European policymakers and progressive business leaders on the field of sustainability. It aimed to build a dialogue that highlights the opportunities that a green transition provides for the European Union, in the context of the updated European Industrial Strategy, the European Green Deal and the upcoming negotiations on the Fit for 55 Package.

Participants discussed a wide range of questions relevant to competitive sustainability, including:

  • How an ambitious Fit for 55 Package can deliver a green and competitive European Economy
  • The key role industry can play working with policy makers to ensure we deliver this
  • How the Competitiveness Council can play a role to represent these views during the Fit for 55 negotiations

The event was organized by CLG Europe, an influential and cross-sectoral group of European businesses collaborating to accelerate economy-wide action for a climate neutral economy. Our aim is to provide a forum to promote positive exchange between progressive European governments and businesses, determined to support the development of a climate neutral and prosperous Europe. In the wake of strong calls at COP26 on the need for cross-sectoral collaboration on sustainability, CLG Europe was proud to bring together representatives from the business and political spheres in this event.

Please find a summary of the event here.

Speakers included:

  • Harry Verhaar – Head of Global Public & Government Affairs, Signify
  • Fernanda Ferreira Dias – Director General, Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition, Portugal
  • Marcel Arsend – Director of Sustainability and Public Affairs - Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA, Ball & Claudia Bierth – European Sustainability & Public Affairs, Ball
  • Sille Kraam – Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonia
  • Martin Casey – Director, Public Affairs, CEMEX
  • Miguel Munoz Rodriguez – Head of Climate Policies and Alliances, Iberdrola
  • Karin Eckerdal – Deputy Director General, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden
  • Rønnaug Sægrov Mysterud – Vice President, Head of EU Affairs, Norsk Hydro
  • Gregor Umek – Head of Sector for industry, innovation and technology, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Slovenia

In case of any questions, please contact Jenifer Elmslie at

Wednesday, 1 December, 2021 - 13:00 to 14:30