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Business leadership for a climate neutral economy

This event was co-hosted by MEP Pascal Canfin (RENEW), Chair of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee and MEP César Luena (S&D), the ENVI Committee Rapporteur of the EU Nature Restoration Law and will take place in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Read the summary note.

Businesses are aware of their role in supporting the transition towards a resilient net-zero economy and an equitable, nature-positive future. Additionally, an increasing number of companies are aware that nature restoration will play a key role in increasing the EU’s resilience and contribute to the economy by bringing socio-economic benefits such as sustainable jobs, recreation opportunities, and broader health benefits.    

Against this backdrop, CLG Europe brought together EU decision-makers, leading businesses and NGOs in this event, organised under the Green Growth Partnership, to discuss the role of EU Nature Restoration Law in addressing today’s dual climate and nature crisis, as well as providing a range of economic opportunities including high quality jobs and growth of new sectors.

Speakers included:

  • MEP Pascal Canfin, RENEW, Chair of the European Parliament ENVI Committee
  • MEP César Luena, S&D Group, European Parliament ENVI Committee Rapporteur for the Nature Restoration Law
  • Karolina D’Cunha, Deputy Head of Unit, Natural Capital and Ecosystem Health, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Gonzalo Saenz De Miera, President of the Spanish Green Growth Group
  • Bart Vandewaetere, VP Corporate Communications & Government Relations, Nestlé Europe
  • Tim Christophersen, Vice President of Climate Action, Salesforce
  • Stefania Avanzini, Director, One Planet Business for Biodiversity, WBCSD 
  • Elisabeth Hoffmann, Head of EU Affairs, VELUX
  • Paul Wilczek, Head of Energy Policy, Climate & Sustainability, Eurelectric
  • Bart Corijn, Programme Manager, The Shift
  • Ariel Brunner, Director, Birdlife Europe and Central Asia

The event was moderated by Ursula Woodburn, Director of the European Corporate Leaders Group.

For any questions, please contact the CLG Europe team at

Read about our past events and resources:

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

Knowledge hub: CLG Europe Nature Hub, to see CLG Europe’s key outputs on the topic.

Event: Lessons from a crisis – How to achieve a climate neutral, energy secure and prosperous transition for Europe and the business sector? 10.00-12.00 CET, 25 January 2023.

Event: Green Growth Summit 2022: 10 October 12.30-16.30 CEST.

Wednesday, 24 May, 2023 - 12:30 to 14:00
Event location: 
European Parliament in Brussels and online