The Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action throughout the world. Click to enlarge the map and read more about the individual business leadership groups.
Over the past decade, many countries have seen the emergence of groups of business leaders working to create the political space for government action in support of low carbon societies. These groups have seen the need for coordination across the economy, both to ensure that potential risks are managed and to allow business to grasp the opportunities that this transition could hold.
In 2010, a network was formed among these groups, the Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action (CLN). The secretariats of these groups have begun to work in partnership, believing there to be immense potential in supporting and cooperating with each other on this agenda. The network represents a powerful platform for ‘home-grown’, autonomous, national, cross-sector business groupings to collaborate and to advocate clear and strong policy measures to deliver a prosperous, low carbon economy, both within key countries and internationally.
This growing network currently represents established and emerging business groups in Brazil, Chile, Germany, EU, Hungary, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, SE Asia, South Africa, Turkey, the US and the UK.
The University of Cambridge is delighted to be hosting the secretariat for this network in its initial phase of development.
On 11 April, CPSL and the Corporate Leaders Network (CLN) hosted a webinar on carbon pricing, an overview discussion exploring what it is, its pro-business rationale, global trends in this area, its shortcomings and how to make it work. There were two sessions to cater for different time zones, with 30–40 signing into each, which is an excellent result. Countries represented were: Brazil, South Africa, Russia, China, Canada, US, Chile, Peru, Denmark, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, Ireland, Hong Kong, Belgium, Norway, and Spain.
We were privileged to have such an eminent group of speakers contribute to the discussions:
• Chris Hope, Reader in Policy Modelling, University of Cambridge, IPCC Lead Author
• David Hone, Senior Climate Change Advisor for Royal Dutch Shell and Chairman of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
• Douglas Crawford-Brown, Director of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR)
• Jeff Swartz, International Policy Director, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Advisor to the Chairman at China Carbon Forum
• Jill Duggan, Policy Director, Doosan Power Systems. Previously played a prominent role in the UK government on the development of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme
• Lisa Jacobson, President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. She is also a member of the Department of Energy's State Energy Efficiency steering committee
The sessions were moderated by Nicolette Bartlett, who facilitates the Corporate Leaders Network at CPSL.
We have a rich recording (so in real time, fully interactive) available until mid-May 2013:
Session 1 link
Session 2 link
The CLN hopes to build on this experience to run similar sessions in future, utilising the forum to bring companies together globally to delve into an issue in more depth.
Secretariats of the following groups collaborate within the network:
For more details, please contact:Nicolette Bartlett,Senior Programme ManagerT: +44 (0) 1223 768840F: +44 (0) 1223 email@example.com
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