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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

MEP vote on EU-ETS reform falls short of ambition needed

22 September 2015

24 February 2015 – Today’s vote by Members of the European Parliament to reform the the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) to include a Market Stability Reserve (MSR) from the end of 2018 "is a step in the right direction but still falls short of the strides Europe should be taking".

Business leaders welcome EU Energy Union plan and vision for international climate deal

22 September 2015

25 February 2015 – The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) has welcomed the European Commission's new Energy Union framework strategy, published alongside its vision for a 2015 international climate agreement.

EU Energy Union: businesses call on Heads of State to secure low carbon power

22 September 2015

19–20 March 2015 – Leading European businesses including Acciona, EDF Energy and GlaxoSmithKline have written to Heads of State and Government to call for an EU Energy Union that equally focuses on securing energy supplies and reducing carbon emissions.

Business & Climate Summit, May 20–21, Paris

22 September 2015

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), through its Corporate Leaders Group, is an official partner of the Business & Climate Summit.

Video: why should business show leadership for the future on climate change?

22 September 2015

The Corporate Leaders Group, business leaders, policymakers and academics recognise the need for bold business leadership ahead of and beyond the crucial UN climate talks in Paris in December.

Corporate Leaders Group welcomes reform of EU carbon market

22 September 2015

7 May 2015 – The European Parliament and Council have given the green light to a Commission proposal to bring forward reform of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS).

Carbon Expo, Barcelona

22 September 2015

26–28 May 2015 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) supports the world’s largest professional trade fair and summit on carbon markets and pricing systems, climate finance, and technology incentives.

Joint letter to the Commissioner Arias Cañete

22 September 2015

15 June 2015 – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), EURELECTRIC and IETA call on Commissioner Arias Cañete to move forward with plans to revise the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

EU ETS provides competitive advantage and cost efficiencies for ambitious businesses

22 September 2015

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

UK signs Fossil Fuel Subsidy Elimination Communiqué

22 September 2015

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.