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Corporate Leaders Groups

Business leadership for a climate neutral economy

This webinar took place on Tuesday 17 November, 10:30pm – 12:00pm CET.

For the launch of the CISL working paper Developing the EU's 'Competitive Sustainability' for a Resilient Recovery and Dynamic Growth, CLG Europe organised a high-level webinar to explore how the EU can strengthen the competitiveness of its economy and industries whilst simultaneously achieving EU climate targets for 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050. Panellists discussed the concept of competitive sustainability and why it matters to the EU’s climate, industrial and Covid-19 recovery plans, and how the EU’s new Industrial Strategy and implementation of Covid-19 economic stimulus plans can strengthen the competitiveness of the EU economy, its industries and its value chains as they decarbonise.


  • Emil Högberg, State Secretary to Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation, Ibrahim Baylan, Sweden
  • Kimmo Tiilikainen, State Secretary, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland
  • Henrike Hahn, Member of the European Parliament
  • Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament
  • Andreas Regnell, Chairman of HYBRIT Development AB, and Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, Vattenfall
  • Gonzalo Sáenz de Miera, Director of Climate Change, Iberdrola
  • Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs Signify, and CLG Europe Chair
  • Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive and Chief Economist, European Policy Centre
  • Martin Porter, Executive Chair, CISL Brussels
  • Eliot Whittington (Chair), CLG Europe Director

The webinar was organised by Corporate Leaders Group Europe (CLG Europe) and supported by Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, and the We Mean Business coalition.

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