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The energy transition in Central and Eastern Europe: The business case for higher ambition

March 2019 – The transition towards a zero carbon economy provides Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) with significant opportunities to deliver better public health, improved quality of life and economic prosperity, as well as positive climate outcomes. This new report from The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) explores the emerging economic opportunities and challenges relating to the transition to low carbon, resource efficient economies in three core areas: energy efficiency in buildings, renewable energy, and mobility. It puts forward recommendations for companies and governments in the region to address the current challenges and fully realise the economic opportunities of the energy transition.

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Briefing: Ten years of UK climate action under the Climate Change Act

January 2019 – The United Kingdom (UK) Climate Change Act received royal assent on 26 November 2008, creating a legal architecture for British climate action that was unprecedented in its scope, scale and ambition. The UK Climate Change Act has since been emulated by many other countries. This briefing looks at what has changed in the ten years since the UK Climate Change Act was passed.

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Blog: Three outcomes businesses need from Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit

14 September 2018 – Eliot Whittington, Director, Corporate Leaders Group reflects on the three main outcomes required from the Global Climate Action Summit to put the world on track towards a zero carbon future

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Aiming for Zero: Long-term certainty for economic prosperity

12 September 2018 – The Paris Agreement is a historic landmark for both international diplomacy and action on climate change. The Agreement sets out an ambition, and a framework, to limit climate change and global temperature rise to well below 2°C, with efforts to limit this to 1.5 °C. To be Paris compliant, and to have any hope of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 °C, it is clear from the latest science that global emissions must now fall to net-zero as early as possible in the second half of this century. For developed economies such as the EU’s, whose leadership is essential in this, the achievement of net zero emissions must therefore be by 2050 at the latest.

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Aiming for Zero: A growing business movement

9 September 2018 – Business leaders can share their insights and experience to inform policy and regulation; they can also shape public expectations on how sustainable growth can be advanced. This briefing aims to support companies to engage more meaningfully in the net zero debate.

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Materials ‘passporting’: Rethinking building construction and renovation for a circular economy

June 2018 – The building sector is one of the most resource-intensive sectors in Europe, accounting for approximately half of all extracted materials and half of total energy consumption. This briefing note for policymakers and businesses makes the case for how building materials can be better monitored and managed for greater sustainability, especially through the wider use of materials ‘passporting’ in buildings to facilitate this.

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Voluntary approach to buildings' energy efficiency not working; legislation needed, say companies

17 April 2018 – There are enormous opportunities to make Europe’s buildings more energy efficient, create jobs and reduce carbon emissions in line with international commitments, but current policy is not ambitious enough, according to a new report from The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group. Leading businesses interviewed for the report say member states must legislate to ensure renovation happens.

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Renovation Roadmap: Making Europe’s homes fit for the 21st Century

April 2018 – This report draws on insights and experience from 12 businesses who are members of the CLG and its close network and are involved in energy-efficiency renovation of buildings. It highlights the importance of renovating EU homes at scale in order to deliver on the Paris Agreement and take advantage of the associated economic opportunities, and identifies the current barriers to a higher renovation rate as well as promising schemes and experimentations across the EU. It puts forward recommendations for EU Member States and local governments to address these barriers and make the most of this opportunity.

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Electric avenue: The future of road transport in Europe

November 2017 – This report draws together insights from businesses and industry experts to map the trends toward electrification and automation in the road transport sector. It seeks to make a high-level assessment of the implications and opportunities for European businesses, as well as what policymakers need to do to respond to these trends.

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Future of Europe’s industry - Introduction to the industrial strategy debate for businesses

November 2017 – The recent rise of Industrial Strategy in the European and global agenda, with discussions and policy initiatives now being developed at EU and national levels, make the importance of this agenda to businesses clear. This briefing sets out some key areas to consider from the perspective of corporate leaders and offers initial ideas on this live debate.

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European industry in the 21st century: New models for resource productivity

September 2017 – This report is based on interviews with companies that are using circular economy principles to reduce their exposure to risk, and to access new markets. It discusses some of the successful transformations and changes made, obstacles faced, and potential policies for overcoming those obstacles.

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21st century energy: Business reflections on renewables in Europe

April 2017 – This report brings together business stories and interviews with companies with an interest in renewable energy. It focuses on EU policies on renewable energy and industry’s role in innovating to deliver it.

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UK Industrial Strategy: Navigating a changing world

January 2017 – This discussion paper has been commissioned by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group to inform the development of an industrial strategy fit for the 21st century.

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Press release: Leading businesses call for tougher EU renewables legislation

29 November 2016 – Leading businesses have called for more ambitious EU energy legislation to replace the current renewables directive to provide more effective and consistent policy following the conclusions of a report by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG).

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Future Proofing: Sustainable plans for prosperous economies

November 2016 – This policy briefing highlights the importance of long-term policy planning to deliver the vision of the Paris Agreement and outlines key characteristics of business friendly long-term plans.

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Low carbon Business Compendium published

3 March 2016 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group contributes to the second low carbon Business Compendium five years on from the first. The Compendium brings together the ambitions and achievements of nearly 30 European businesses showing the progress they have made so far in tackling climate change and moving towards a low carbon economy.

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EU ETS provides competitive advantage and cost efficiencies for ambitious businesses

10 July 2015 – Report released by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group shows ETS has helped companies focus on carbon emissions reduction.

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10 years of carbon pricing in Europe – A business perspective

July 2015 – This report, commissioned by The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group, was produced to mark the ten-year anniversary of the EU Emissions Trading System. It is based on a series of interviews with companies covered by this cornerstone climate policy who have made notable progress to reduce their carbon emissions during its lifetime.

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A Decade of Progress

27 January 2015 – The first ten years of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group.

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The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group marks 10 years of business leadership

27 January 2015 – More than 300 business leaders, policymakers, academics and environmentalists gathered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), and to recognise the leading role business has to play in tackling climate change in the future.

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Better Growth, Better Climate – Business Briefing on The New Climate Economy Synthesis Report

January 2015 and September 2014 – This briefing presents the findings of The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate as documented in their New Climate Economy Synthesis Report, ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’ as a short and relevant summary for a business audience.

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A Vision for a Strong, Sustainable UK Economy

27 January 2015 – These case studies illustrate that members of The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group have found that action to reduce emissions can deliver growth and benefits to consumers.

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The Climate has Changed, a new report by We Mean Business, on why bold, low carbon action makes good business sense

22 September 2014 – This new report by We Mean Business shows that companies can be confident that creating a low carbon strategy makes good business sense. A group of companies identified in this report are demonstrating bold leadership on climate action driven by the risks and opportunities they know climate change will bring to their businesses.

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Launch of the New Climate Economy Report

16 September 2014 – A landmark piece of research that promises to turn the dialogue on the opportunity presented by climate change has been launched today.

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Business briefing on the New Climate Economy report released

16 September 2014 – A short and relevant summary of the recently launched New Climate Economy synthesis report has been released by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group.

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We Mean Business: The Climate has Changed

September 2014 – Climate action was once perceived by many governments and many businesses as about sacrifice. Today, the value proposition is very different.

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The Corporate Climate Communiqués since 2007

Since 2007 The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) has created Communiqués which set out the business case for an ambitious, robust, effective and equitable UN climate framework and offers a progressive global consensus on the shape of an agreement.

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