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Corporate Leaders Groups

Business leadership for a climate neutral economy
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One of the main roles of the Corporate Leaders Group is to develop and document insights from the business community that can help support stronger climate action. These outputs underpin many of the key milestones achieved by the CLG over time.

The Corporate Leaders Groups' work covers a range of topics, and the current priority areas are highlighted below. Further themes and categories can be found in the right-hand column.


Key themes


Latest thought leadership

Forging a carbon-neutral heavy industry by 2050: How Europe can seize the opportunity

27 September 2019

3 October 2019 – As momentum gathers behind a long-term vision for a climate-neutral economy by 2050, increasing attention is being directed to sectors of the economy that are difficult to decarbonise, including heavy industry.

Net zero knowledge hub for EU decision-makers

3 July 2019

9 July 2019 – This knowledge hub includes thought leadership from European business leaders to help the next generation of EU decision-makers take action to deliver a prosperous, innovative, climate neutral economy.

Event: High-level Green Growth Platform dinner: Reaping the economic benefits of the energy transition in the mobility sector – 10 June, Warsaw, Poland

14 June 2019

On 10 June, high-level participants from across the mobility sector in Poland discussed the challenges and opportunities of the energy transition in mobility for the country and the wider Central and Eastern European (CEE) region.

A new agenda for Europe: Business priorities to deliver a prosperous, climate neutral economy

12 June 2019

June 2019 – The EU is entering a period of institutional change with a new Parliament and a new European Commission. These institutions will need to develop an agenda that puts Europe on track to end its contribution to climate change by 2050 at the latest while delivering economic and social benefits. This briefing sets out what business sees as five priorities for Europe’s new leaders, identifying the key areas where EU policymakers and businesses must work together to deliver a competitive, prosperous, climate neutral future.

The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group responds to UK decision to commit to net zero emissions by 2050

12 June 2019

12 June 2019 – The UK Government has announced legislation to commit to net zero greenhouse emissions by 2050.

Business leaders urge EU heads of state to signal new economic direction towards net zero by 2050

25 April 2019

April 30 2019 – On the eve of the Future of Europe Summit, CEOs from more than 50 businesses, investors and business networks, including Unilever, IKEA and DSM, are calling on the EU to endorse a long-term decarbonisation strategy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

Unique coalition calls upon EU to ramp up climate action

18 March 2019

18 March 2019 – A unique gathering of businesses, investor groups, local and regional authorities, trade unions and civil society groups, standing together as the Coalition for Higher Ambition, published an open letter calling on the EU to ramp up climate action.

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

13 March 2019

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.

Business leaders urge member states to endorse net zero by 2050 to secure a competitive future for Europe

15 February 2019

18 February 2019 – The Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group has issued a position statement in support of the EU Long Term Strategy and is calling on EU Member States to secure Europe’s competitiveness by prioritising net-zero goals by 2050.

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

25 January 2019

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.