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Leading businesses and investors urge the UK to show leadership towards a zero carbon economy

A letter from leading companies and investors, sent to the Prime Minister yesterday, urges the UK government to raise ambition to tackle climate change and show leadership towards a stronger, more prosperous and sustainable economy.

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Blog: Business to EU governments: Make Europe’s Industries Great Again

23 June 2017 – To survive and thrive, Europe needs to regain its proactive approach to policymaking to ensure that its industries are given the right signals to compete by being both low carbon and high value, writes Jill Duggan, Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group.

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Leading business urge EU to show ambition on climate change

15 June 2017 – Leading international companies with operations in Europe have written to European environment, climate and energy ministers ahead of the June Environment and Energy Council meetings, urging them to support a continued focus on action to tackle climate change.

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Blog: Countries and regions seizing low carbon opportunities are best positioned for a brighter future

2 June 2017 – Eliot Whittington, Deputy Director, Corporate Leaders Group, discusses how the Paris Climate Agreement, and the overall commitment to address climate change it represents, is still alive and well, despite US withdrawal from the Agreement.

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The CLG provides a written submission to the UK Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee inquiry on leaving the EU

23 December 2016 – The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group have provided a written submission to the UK Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee inquiry on Leaving the EU: negotiation priorities for energy and climate change policy.

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Press release: Business and subnational leaders call for long-term climate plans

16 November 2016, Marrakech, Morocco – Business and subnational leaders today called on governments to start planning for long-term climate strategies now in order to unlock the investments needed for the transition to a zero carbon economy.

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Press release: Corporate Leaders Group welcomes Europe’s ratification of the Paris Agreement and early entry into force

5 October 2016, Cambridge – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group today welcomed Europe’s ratification of the Paris Agreement, triggering an early entry into force at COP22 in Marrakesh next month.

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Press release: Corporate Leaders Group urges EU to fast-track ratification of Paris Agreement without weakening ambition

29 September 2016, Brussels / Cambridge – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group urges Europe to ratify the Paris Agreement without undermining its climate agenda.

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Press release: Corporate Leaders Group calls for swift EU ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

21 September 2016, New York – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group today called on the EU to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change as soon as possible to trigger its entry into force.

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Corporate Leaders Group unites with trade unions and civil society to demand higher ambition on climate action from EU leaders

20 April 2016 – As Ministers and Heads of State travel to New York for the signing of the Paris Agreement, the CLG joins with the European Trade Union Confederation and Climate Action Network Europe to demand that EU legislation is aligned with the Paris Agreement.

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Budget 2016: Corporate Leaders Group Deputy Director Eliot Whittington’s response to the Chancellor’s Budget

17 March 2016 – The Budget for the next generation missed the opportunity to inspire a low carbon vision for the UK despite having some positive steps in the right direction.

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Letter sent to the Chancellor ahead of the Budget

14 March 2016 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) calls for the Chancellor to commit to a thriving low carbon UK plc in his 2016 Budget.

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European business, local authorities, civil society and trade unions want EU leaders to live up to their Paris commitments

2 March 2016 – Today a major new coalition of businesses, cities, trade unions and NGO, are calling on EU leaders to act on the Paris Agreement and ensure that EU climate policies are coherent with its goals.

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Press release: Businesses call for bold reform of Emissions Trading System to raise carbon price

17 February 2016 – Today, heads of some of Europe’s largest businesses called for decisive reform to the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), as a vital first step to demonstrate commitment to delivering the ambition enshrined in the Paris Agreement.

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Blog: Business as usual is dead: How businesses are transcending boundaries to fight climate change

26 January 2016 – Philippe Joubert, Chair of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and Senior Adviser at WBCSD, reflects on the outcome of COP21 and calls on businesses to take a leading role in implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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L’Appel de Paris / Paris Pledge for Action

16 December 2015 – Global businesses, investors, cities and regions make Paris Pledge to meet or exceed the ambition set by the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Press release: Business leaders ask for clear long-term emissions goal to be included in Paris climate deal

Paris, 9 December 2015 – With just 48 hours to go before the end of the COP21 UN climate conference, business organisations working with thousands of corporations and investors urged world leaders to ensure that a clear and specific long-term emissions goal is included in the final Paris agreement.

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Press release: Leading built environment businesses commit to work together to deliver ultra low energy buildings

Paris, 3 December 2015 – 16 leading European companies from across the built environment have taken a new energy efficiency commitment today for the buildings supply chain, to help drive delivery of ‘nearly zero energy buildings’ (nZEB) for new build by 2020, and refurbished buildings by 2030.

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Press release: Paris Climate Change Conference opens with unprecedented call by governments and businesses to end fossil fuel subsidies

Paris, 30 November 2015 – An unprecedented coalition of close to 40 governments, hundreds of businesses and influential international organisations has called today for accelerated action to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, a move that would help bridge the gap to keep global temperature rise below 2°C.

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Comment by Eliot Whittington on Amber Rudd’s energy policy announcements

18 November 2015 – The UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has set a clear direction of travel towards decarbonisation, but more is needed on energy efficiency, says our Deputy Director.

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News: The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group asks EU to take action to reform fossil fuel subsidies and carbon price

22 October 2015 – Business leaders from The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group today urged European Environment Ministers to take bold steps to reform the EU Emissions Trading System and phase out fossil fuel subsidies.

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UK signs Fossil Fuel Subsidy Elimination Communiqué

31 July 2015 – Last week, the UK government became the most recent supporter of the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Communiqué, which is calling on a fundamental rewiring of our global economy through the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies.

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Corporate Leaders Group reacts to Amber Rudd’s first speech on climate action

24 July 2015 – Today saw the first major speech on climate change made by the Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd. Read our initial reaction.

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Corporate Leaders Group reacts to EU ETS reforms

15 July 2015 – Today the European Commission presented proposals to revise the EU Emissions Trading System.

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