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13 April 2014: IPCC report ‘a wake up call’ says The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group

A coalition of leading UK, EU and international companies, including, Acciona, Coca-Cola Enterprises, EDF Energy, Shell, Tesco and Unilever, today welcomed the third part of the 5th Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change (IPCC), Mitigation of Climate Change.

Read the press release (pdf).

08 April 2014: Governments urged to ensure ‘trillionth tonne’ of carbon is never emitted

The Trillion Tonne Communiqué

Leading global businesses, coordinated by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, today urged governments to put policies in place to prevent the cumulative emission of more than a trillion tonnes of carbon. They warn that failure to limit the stock of carbon in the atmosphere will see the world face unmanageable risks from climate change. The Trillion Tonne Communiqué statement has so far been signed by 70 companies from 5 continents, including major multinationals like Acciona, Adidas, CalSTRS, EDF Energy, ING, Mars, Shell, Tetra Pak, and Unilever, with a collective turnover of at least $90bn. It calls for a "rapid and focused response" to the threat of rising global carbon emissions, and the "disruptive climate impacts" inevitably associated with them. Eliot Whittington, Deputy Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group said: "This Communiqué sends a clear message from business at a critical time, when events in the Ukraine have refocused global attention on energy security, and just as the scientific consensus reminds us all of the imperative of collective action." The Trillion Tonne Communiqué is now open for company sign-up.

Download the press release (pdf).

Read and sign The Communiqué.

31 March 2014: Business leaders urge action in response to latest scientific report on climate change

Members of the UK and EU Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Groups are calling for urgent action from governments in response to a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, which represents the latest scientific evidence. Eliot Whittington, UK Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group said: “The many negative impacts predicted by this authoritative report should make us all sit up and take notice. Climate change is not something that will happen in the future: it is happening now and without urgent action, things will only get worse. Enlightened businesses know this and want support from their governments to prepare for the inevitable impacts of climate change, and to help minimise future disruption and damage. We must act collectively and urgently in the face of this incontrovertible threat.”

Read the press release (pdf).

18 March 2014: Support from CLG and Polish Business & Science Platform for ambitious EU climate and energy package

Members of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group have supported The Polish Business & Science Climate Platform statement in advance of the European Council meeting calling on EU Ministers to support a robust 2030 climate and energy package that sets appropriate targets for GHG emissions and builds a climate for growth. It is the first time that the business leaders supported similar messages demanding a swift adoption of the package in order to send a clear signal to business leaders and investors doing business across Europe. The joint statement was sent widely to EU based policy makers and has been well received.

Read the CLG and Polish Business & Science Climate Platform statement (pdf).

17 March 2014: Polish Business & Science Climate Platform statement

On 17 March the Polish Business and Science Climate Platform (which includes CISL, West Coast Energy Polska, GE, Shell, Philips, Carrier, Skanska, ALTA, Warsaw Institute for Economic Studies and Buro Happold) released a statement supporting a robust 2030 climate and energy package that sets targets for GHG emissions and builds a climate for growth. This includes clear supporting policies including a transition plan for energy intensive sectors and a proper burden sharing framework. The statement was sent widely to EU and Polish based policy makers and has been well received.

Read the statement from the Polish Business & Science Climate Platform (pdf).

11 March 2014: Article in Guardian Sustainable Business

Rob Boogaard, acting CEO and president EMEA of Interface and a member of The Prince of Wales's EU Corporate Leaders Group discusses reducing Europe's carbon – how setting ambitious targets will take business away from the ordinary and force it to search for new alternatives.

Read the article.

06 March 2014: UK Chief Executives urge PM to end uncertainty over carbon budget

Senior leaders of major companies including Shell, Unilever, BT, EDF Energy, Kingfisher, Anglian Water, and Lloyds Banking Group have written to David Cameron urging him to follow the advice of the Committee on Climate Change and maintain the UK’s fourth carbon budget at its current level.

The letter, co-ordinated by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, is a warning from companies that further delay or confusion over the Government’s commitment would increase the cost of doing business and undermine investment and job creation.

It concludes: “We stand ready to support efforts by the Government to ensure that the UK is able to deliver a prosperous, low-carbon economy and to demonstrate the international leadership required to deliver effective action in Europe and globally, thus ensuring a level playing field for business.”

Read the letter (pdf).

Read the press release (pdf) 

26 February 2014: UK Prime Minister supports The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group's call for EU-China relationship to focus on green growth

The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, together with the Aldersgate Group and E3G wrote to the Prime Minister in November 2013 calling for ambitious initiatives on green growth to be put at the heart of EU-China discussions.

The three organisations set out the critical opportunity to align European and Chinese interests on the green economy, and develop a new approach to the EU-China relationship which maximises mutual opportunities and better manages trade pressures.

The Prime Minister responded, recognising the organisations’ extremely useful work with UK Government departments to raise the issues and opportunities represented by green growth. He also noted that the organisations’ comments had been taken on board in preparation for the EU-China Summit and were reflected in the resultant EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Co-operation.

22 January 2014: Business leaders urge Europe to keep up ambition on climate

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A group of leading businesses including Unilever, Skanska, BT, Acciona, Shell, Philips, Lloyds, and Kingfisher today welcomed the European Commission's White Paper on its 2030 Climate and Energy package, which proposes a target of 40% domestic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, but warned that current proposals must not be watered down any further.

Download the press release (pdf).

18 Nov 2013: The building sector can move Poland towards a low carbon economy

Read an interview with Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Director of The Prince of Wales’s EU Corporate Leaders Group (EU CLG), on climate policy and the important role of the building sector in tackling climate change.

28 October 2013: Corporate Leaders Welcome Green Growth Initiative

Today, business leaders from The Prince of Wales EU Corporate Leaders Group (EU CLG) joined European Ministers responsible for energy and climate change in Brussels for the European Green Growth Summit. Over the last six months, the EU CLG has supported the new informal Ministerial Green Growth Group and is now poised to work directly with the 13 ministers and MEPs on implementing their vision through a new Green Growth Platform.

Read the press release from the EU CLG.

Read the press release from the Department of Energy & Climate Change: Ministers make joint case for ambitious & immediate EU low carbon action.

1 October 2013: Polish Business & Science Climate Coalition

The EU CLG, with the support of the European Climate Foundation, has initiated the Polish Business & Science Climate Coalition, a coalition of companies and academic institutes. The aim of this initiative is to work together to enhance existing activities and discussions around the reduction of CO2 emissions in Poland and explore possible areas for collaboration in preparation for COP 19 and beyond.

On 1 October the coalition published a statement addressed to the Polish government calling for a more innovative and lower emission economy. The related letter and press release has been sent to Polish and EU media, Commissioners, Ministers, MEPs.

On 31 October, a low carbon roundtable will be organised in Warsaw by the EU CLG and the new coalition. Polish MEPs and Government officials have been invited to take part in the roundtable with the coalition members of the platform.

Download the press release.

Download the statement to the Polish Government.

1 October 2013: CLG members make business voice heard in response to IPCC report

Members of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) have been responding to the IPCC report since its release on 27 September, urging government and business into action to reduce carbon emissions and increase resilience.

Carmen Becerril, Chief International Officer for Acciona, said in the FT that the report showed, “a comprehensive, effective and ambitious global response must be agreed at the UN climate change meeting in Paris in 2015”.

Andy Brown, Chief Sustainability Officer for Anglian Waterstated on CNN that the CLG supports the findings of the report and that business needs to tackle climate change and ensure it is resilient to its impacts.

Hubert Patricot, Executive Vice President and President Coca-Cola Enterprises, reiterated that, “this report highlights the reality of climate change to all business” and the need for “government and business to work together to mobilize a concerted and coordinated response to address the most significant environmental issue of our time”.

Nicolette Bartlett from the CLG stated on Al Jazeera that business recognises the important message this report delivers and highlights the need to act now.

Ian Cheshire, Kingfisher’s Group Chief Executive said on EurActiv: “As companies, consumers, and citizens, we all face significant potential risks from the changing climate, which we must work together to address. This calls for leadership, vision and cooperation. We hope that the UK and other European governments will continue to demonstrate their commitment to developing a new, competitive low-carbon economy.”

27 September 2013: Climate experts’ report must spur urgent action, say CLG business leaders

Climate experts’ report must spur urgent action, say business leaders

Business leaders from across the EU are urging immediate action from governments, businesses and society to reduce carbon emissions and increase resilience in response to the first part of the 5th report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released today. The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) responded to the report of the 1st working group of the IPCC, which reveals the strongest consensus yet amongst scientists that human activities are the main cause of warming since the 1950s. The report confirms a clear warming trend that is still apparent.

Download the press release (pdf)

Understanding the UN Climate Science Reports

18 June 2013: 'Making the business case for a 2030 energy and climate change policy framework'

On 18 June, the EU Corporate Leaders Group and Confederation of British Industry hosted a high-level conference on 'Making the business case for a 2030 energy and climate change policy framework' in Brussels. The conference was attended by representatives from the European Commission, MEPs, EU permanent representations and business leaders. Rt Hon Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, closed the event with a strong call for a European 2030 Framework for Energy and Climate Change that is ambitious yet gives Member States flexibility in terms of mechanisms for implementation.The event was followed by a lunch with EU CLG leaders (CCE, Shell, Alstom, Kingfisher, Unilever & Acciona) and the Secretary of State to discuss his green growth strategy and ways in which the EU CLG can work with him and a group of Green Growth Ministers who are determined to work together to raise the EU’s ambition on energy and climate change policy as a pro-growth strategy.

Read Ed Davey’s speech.

4 June 2013: Meeting with HRH The Prince of Wales

Senior leaders from the UK and EU Corporate Leaders Groups met for dinner with HRH The Prince of Wales on 4 June. The meeting confirmed the potential and continued need for a small but effective group of leaders to create and sustain the momentum for an effective dialogue on building a low carbon economy. HRH The Prince of Wales pushed the group to continue its high-level work with policymakers and was pleased to hear the enthusiasm of the CLG members to continue to make the case for green growth and jobs.

May/June 2013: Launch of the campaign ’A world you like with a climate you like’

Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Director, EU CLG had the great honour to launch and moderate with Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, five EC Communications events forming part of the campaign ’A world you like with a climate you like’ in Warsaw on 17 May, Vilnius on 22 May, Sofia on 28 May, Lisbon and Milan on 6 and 7 June respectively. Each event was focused on enabling a greater dialogue with policymakers, business leaders and citizens around key themes. Key speakers at the Warsaw event ‘How to put the Polish economy on a low-emissions track?’ included Marcin Korolec, Polish Minister of Environment and EU CLG business leaders from Skanska and Philips Lighting. The event in Vilnius ’Reduce waste. Reduce costs. Reduce emissions’ also had important contributions from the Minister of the Environment and companies such as Fortum, Nokia and EU CLG member Alstom. The event in Sofia ‘Building a low carbon society in Bulgaria’ was opened by the President of Bulgaria and had important contributions from Julian Popov, Minister of Environment and Tsvetelina Borislavova, the founder of the Green Bank and the Green Building Council, both active members of the EU CLG/CISL CEE Clean Energy Advisory Council. The events in Lisbon and Milan focused again on different topics with the Portuguese event looking at mobility and low carbon transport and the Italian event focusing on sustainable fashion and consumption.

9 April 2013: EU CLG Backloading event

 EU CLG Backloading event

On 9 April, in association with GLOBE EU, the EU CLG held a roundtable discussion in the European Parliament on 'Why ETS backloading matters: How a healthy EUETS can drive innovation and domestic investments' between MEPs and representatives from Shell, Alstom, ČEZ Group and Commerzbank. The event was hosted by Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP, and attended by several MEPs and their assistants. The aim was to provide the opportunity to exchange thoughts with representatives of various industries about the ETS backloading proposal from the European Commission. An overview of the key messages from the discussions was then sent to all MEPs ahead the plenary vote on 16 April.

14 March 2013: Meeting with Commissioner Potocnik

On 14 March, the EU CLG and industry representatives were invited to a very successful meeting with Janez Potocnik, the European Commissioner responsible for EU environment policy. The group provided input on the Manifesto for a Resource Efficient Europe, as well as discussing the importance of the circular economy and cradle-to-cradle thinking.

Read the press release.

14 February 2013: Business support for ETS Backloading with EU Permanent representations

The EU CLG organised a high-level breakfast meeting focusing on why adopting the backloading proposal is an essential step in restructuring the EUETS. The meeting took place in Brussels and brought together large power companies and Member States Permanent Representations to the EU to discuss and exchange their views on the subject.

Read an analysis by David Hone, Climate Change Adviser for Shell and UK & EU CLG representative.

"To communicate the support of business for the European Union to move to a low carbon society and low climate risk economy, and to work in partnership with the institutions of the EU to make this a practical reality."
The Mission of the EU CLG

President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso addressing a meeting of the EU CLG

President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso addressing a meeting of the EU CLG

The EU Corporate Leaders Group (EU CLG) was set up in 2007 and brings together business leaders from a cross-section of EU and international businesses who believe there is an urgent need to develop new and longer-term policies for tackling climate change. The Group was brought together by The Prince of Wales and is managed by CISL.

The Group is essentially about driving strategic, long-term, transformational change in the economy which is often frustrated by short-term political economy and decision-making. The Group is focusing on the changes necessary to ensure long-term economic prosperity, competitive advantage and corporate sustainability at an EU-wide level.

Chair

The current Chair of the EU CLG is Mr Philippe Joubert, Senior Advisor to the Alstom Chairman and CEO; Senior Advisor and Managing Director to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in charge of Energy and Climate area, Electric Utilities sector, as well as advisor for Urban Infrastructure and Mobility initiatives; Executive Chair of Global Electricity Initiative, a common venture of World Energy Council, WBCSD and Global Sustainability Electricity Partnership.

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 President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, meeting with leaders from EU CLG companies

President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, meeting with leaders from EU CLG companies

The current Chair of the EU CLG is Mr Philippe Joubert, Senior Advisor to the Alstom Chairman and CEO; Senior Advisor and Managing Director to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in charge of Energy and Climate area, Electric Utilities sector, as well as advisor for Urban Infrastructure and Mobility initiatives; Executive Chair of Global Electricity Initiative, a common venture of World Energy Council, WBCSD and Global Sustainability Electricity Partnership.

The group currently has 14 members and brings together business leaders from a cross-section of EU and international businesses.

Image of the Acciona logoCocaCola Enterprises Inc.Doosan Power Systems
DSMGE LightingGlaxoSmithKline
InterfaceKingfisherImage of the Philips logo
Image of the Shell logoSkanskaTesco
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19 November 2012: Launch of The Carbon Price Communiqué

Brussels launch

The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG) held the first public launch event of The Carbon Price Communiqué on 19 November. The launch and reception were hosted at the Brussels offices of the EU CLG. The Carbon Price Communiqué was presented to Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, 20 distinguished ambassadors and embassy representatives, business leaders, NGOs and European press.

Guests came to hear a prestigious line-up of roundtable speakers: EU Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, Ambassador of Korea to the EU, H.E. Chang-beom Kim, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Australia, Mr Craig Maclachlan, Chair of the International Emissions Trading Association, Shell, David Hone and EU CLG Chair (former Chair Alstom Power), Philippe Joubert.

Read more about our international Communiqués and visit our Climate Communiqués website.

25 June 2012: Letter about the Multiannual Financial Framework

Prior to the June European Council Meeting, The Prince of Wales’s EU Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (EU CLG) sent a letter to the 27 EU Heads of State / Prime Ministers to support the Commission’s Multiannual Financial Framework 2014–2020 proposal on the need to allocate adequate provisions for climate and environment measures.

The companies signing the letter firmly believe that the 2014–2020 budget has a key role to play in achieving the EU’s growth, as well as its sustainability and low carbon economy targets, and they support President Barroso’s proposal to earmark 20 per cent of the budget to climate and environment measures.

Read the letter.

12 June 2012: Letter to 27 EU Energy Ministers about Energy Efficiency

The Prince of Wales’s EU Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (EU CLG) sent a letter to the 27 EU Energy Ministers urging Member State governments to reach a satisfactory deal during Trialogue negotiations, in order to achieve a strong Energy Efficiency Directive.

The letter also called for continued efforts on recalibration of the ETS, and emphasised the need to sort out the issue of over-allowances as soon as possible, as the group believes that the EED and recalibration go hand-in-hand.

Read the letter

3 May 2012: EU CLG meeting with President Barroso, Commissioners Potočnik and Hedegaard on redoubling green growth efforts

A delegation from The Prince of Wales' EU Corporate Leaders Group (EU CLG) and invited guests from the EU CLG-led Atlas Schools Project and the Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform met with a large delegation of top EU officials led by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Commissioners for the Environment Janez Potočnik and for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard.

The discussion was based on four key themes: how to maintain European leadership internationally; the low carbon policy and market fundamentals; innovation, jobs and growth; and resource efficiency and integrated approaches. The business leaders spent one and a half hours discussing with the President, Commissioners, Director General and staff the need for recalibration of the ETS, how best to move from austerity to prosperity through innovation, necessary resource efficiency actions, and the need for greater public–private partnership in the creation of a competitive Europe.

The EU CLG will follow up a series of key deliverables requested by the EU delegation. The meeting was followed by a lunch with Commissioner Potočnik around Rio+20 and the initiatives undertaken by the Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform in preparation for Rio+20 such as the Leadership Compact: Committing to Natural Capital.

Read the press release. 

View a video of President Barroso's introductory remarks, and comments from CISL's Director Polly Courtice.

19 April 2012: Business leaders' input to the environment ministers' debate on the future of the ETS

Philippe Joubert, former Alstom Power CEO and new EU CLG Chair, spoke on behalf of the EU CLG on a video which was shown at an informal Council of Ministers during the Danish Presidency on April 2012.

Watch the video.

15 December 2011: Letter to EU decision makers

On 15 of December, some members of The Prince of Wales’s EU Corporate Leaders Group and their industry colleagues sent a letter to EU decision makers including President Barroso and EU Commissioners, Ministers and MEPs. The document calls for an urgent recalibration of the ETS, and a withholding of allowances, in order to bring stability to carbon markets, spur innovation and drive investment.

The business leaders point out that the economic crisis has significantly impacted the effectiveness of the EU ETS, as demonstrated by today’s limited levels of trading and low carbon price, and ask European policymakers to adopt near- and mid-term measures both to take into consideration future economic instability and to ensure that new policy proposals do not negatively impact the trading scheme.

Read the letter.

Read the press release.  

8 November 2011: dinner debate in the European Parliament on the European Commission’s Roadmap for moving to a low carbon economy in 2050 and Chris Davies’ draft report

The event was co-hosted by the EU CLG, and brought together key speakers such as Chris Davies, MEP; Morten Bæk, Deputy State Secretary for Climate & Energy from the Danish Government, Jos Delbeke, Director General, DG CLIMA, European Commission and ten Members of the European Parliament.

Together with business leaders from The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP), the EU CLG and the Cambridge Sustainability Network (CSN) on how to bring forward key feedback to the European Commission and Chris Davies, MEP (Rapporteur on the Roadmap for moving to a low carbon economy in 2050). MEPs debated with the Commission and business leaders the feasibility of implementing a progressive, clear, long-term EU policy framework that includes mid-term GHG emissions reduction milestones and sectoral targets under current economic pressures.

EU CLG members present: CEMEX, Johnson & Johnson, Barilla, Kingfisher , Philips, Vodafone, Alstom, Unilever

CSN members present: European Investment Bank, European Aluminium Association, 3M, JP Morgan

24 October 2011: Hungarian and UK Governments join forces to break down low carbon finance barriers, in partnership with the EU CLG

Read the DECC press release.

The EU CLG demonstrates leadership through open letters, facilitating international summits and meetings with key policy stakeholders. Through these messages and events the EU CLG encourages ambitious and robust climate change policy and that the adoption of a strong and effective climate package will ultimately be good for European business.

June 2011: Business Urges EU27 Ministers and 736 MEPs to Support Low Carbon Roadmap and Ambitious GHG Target

Some of the European Union’s largest companies sent a letter today to EU27 Environment Ministers and Prime Ministers calling for a community wide 25% domestic GHG emissions reduction by 2020 - putting Europe on track to meeting 30% overall targets internationally. The letter was sent in preparation for the 21 June Environment Council where Ministers will debate the European Commission’s Low Carbon Roadmap to 2050. A similar letter will be sent to 736 Members of the European Parliament prior to next week’s plenary vote on moving towards 30% GHG reduction targets.

Download the press release.

Download a sample letter.

March 2011: Business Welcomes Commission's Low Carbon Roadmap and Calls for Stronger Energy Efficiency Commitment

A number of the largest companies in the European Union sent a letter on 8 March 2011 to President Jose Manuel Barroso and EU Commissioners welcoming the EC Communications on A Low Carbon Roadmap to 2050 and the Energy Efficiency 2011 Plan, but arguing that the Energy Efficiency Plan falls short of delivering the policy measures necessary to meet the 20% efficiency target for 2020.

Download the letter.

Download the press release.

February 2011: EU CLG and President Buzek Host the Low Carbon Prosperity Summit

Photograph of The Prince of Wales addressing the Summit alongside the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy

The Prince of Wales addresses the Summit alongside the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy

The EU Corporate Leaders Group, companies from The Cancun Communiqué network and investment community met with the three Presidents of the European Institutions on 9 February 2011 and argued that low carbon growth is the most effective driver of economic recovery and the best foundation for future prosperity in Europe. The Summit was attended by over 300 MEPs, economists Lord Nicholas Stern and Dr Ottmar Edenhofer, the EU CLG, P8 and IIGCC members. The Prince of Wales addressed the Summit alongside the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy.

The purpose of the meetings was to strengthen the dialogue between EU policy makers, business leaders and investors on how best to support the development of a low carbon economy and take advantage of the tremendous economic and social opportunities offered by green growth.

July 2010: CLG ‘Deal or No Deal’ international event at St James’s Palace

On 14 July 2010, the CLG was delighted to bring together over 200 senior and influential business leaders, policymakers and civil society representatives at the impactful, ‘Deal or No Deal?’ event at St James’s Palace. The day included an inspirational call to action from The Prince of Wales, as well as galvanising and significant contributions from EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard, Lord Nicholas Stern (author of The Stern Review on Climate Change) and Richard Kinley, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC.

The need for, and route to, an international agreement was debated at high-level roundtable discussions, with the CLG and others drawn from the from The Copenhagen Communiqué network, playing a key role in ensuring stimulating and fruitful interactions. The main aim of the event was to reinvigorate the movement for an international deal within the international business community and the feedback on the day suggests a great success. The CLG will be working to build on this momentum to support essential agreements in Cancun and onwards, to South Africa in 2011.

June 2010: Major European companies come out in support of higher climate change targets

A grouping of 27 CLG and Copenhagen Communiqué signatories supported the British, French and German Ministers letter to the FT calling for a 30% target by 2020. The signatories of the letter indicated that shifting to 30% would be vital to support the carbon market and that low prices have "seriously undermined domestic investment in low-carbon technologies". "It is critical that we exit this recession in a way that lays the foundation for low-carbon growth." 

Download the letter

Download the press release

April 2010: EU CLG meeting with Commissioner Hedegaard

In April 2010 the EU CLG Leaders officially presented the draft EU CLG Company Compendium: Low Carbon Projects, which brings together some of the low carbon experience from the groups members. This Compendium was an answer to the Commissioner’s call for low carbon examples in preparation for her staff’s work on a Commission Communication and a further meeting in May. The meeting also set to explore how business can work in partnership with the Commission in advancing a low carbon economy. The Commissioner stated in the meeting the need for a progressive business voice and was open to key policy advice from the members (identifying markets and regulatory barriers).

January 2010: EU CLG urge European Leaders that "EU Submission to Copenhagen Accord Should Show Leadership and Ambition"

In January 2010, the EU CLG wrote to José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament and José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Spanish Presidency, calling on them to “show leadership by submitting an ambitious EU greenhouse gas reduction plan by the 31 January deadline”. The companies welcomed the fact that at Copenhagen many of the world’s major economies have, for the first time, made commitments to limit temperature rise to 2◦C, but stated that this “has not created the low carbon momentum nor investment security needed.”

November 2009: EU CLG lunch meeting and press conference with President Barroso

On 27th November, an EU CLG and Copenhagen Communiqué signatory delegation met with President Barroso and Commissioners Piebalgs and Dimas for a lunch meeting. The lunch was extremely successful in bringing forward the EU CLG as a strategic ally for Barroso going into the COP-15 negotiations and post-Copenhagen under a Barroso II Commission. The President was very appreciative of the messages from the EU CLG and was pleased to hear the leaders call for a strong deal in Copenhagen as well as present their personal efforts towards the creation of a low-carbon economy.

2008: EU CLG Press Conference with Climate and Energy Rapporteurs from the European Parliament

As the autumn of 2008 progressed, so did opposition to the EU Climate and Energy Package from mainstream business groups and some Member States. In an attempt to demonstrate credible business support for the package, the EU CLG hastily arranged a press conference in the European Parliament in Strasbourg during November, at which company representative were joined by the relevant Rapporteurs.

The Corporate Climate Communiqués since 2007
The Corporate Climate Communiqués

Since 2007 the UK and EU CLGs have 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. 

The Carbon Price Communiqué

November 2012

The Carbon Price Communiqué (2012) made the case for setting a price on carbon emissions as one of the main building blocks of an effective and ambitious climate change policy framework.

Read The Carbon Price Communiqué.

The 2°C Challenge Communiqué (2011) called on governments to break the deadlock in the international negotiations and take action at a national level to ensure a successful transition to green growth and a climate resilient economy.

Read The 2°C Challenge Communiqué.

The Cancun Communiqué on Climate Change (2010) made it clear that the case for a comprehensive international framework to tackle climate change still stood after Copenhagen, and that the need for action was increasingly urgent. The signatories urged governments to redouble their efforts to achieve this framework and also to take necessary and appropriate mitigation actions in parallel with such efforts.

Read The Cancun Communiqué.

The Copenhagen Communiqué on Climate Change (2009) was signed by over 950 companies from 60 countries including the US, EU, Japan, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, India, China, Korea and South Africa; ranging from the world’s largest companies and best known brands, to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Read The Copenhagen Communiqué.

The Poznań Communiqué (2008) was launched by the CLG ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznań, Poland. The Poznań Communiqué set out the key elements of an international deal on climate change and was endorsed by the business leaders of over 140 companies worldwide.

Read The Poznań Communiqué.

The Bali Communiqué (2007) was published by the CLG to governments gathering at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali. CEOs from over 140 global companies signed The Bali Communiqué and it was published in a centre-page spread in the Financial Times and International Herald Tribune on the eve of the conference. It was an unprecedented move by business and received significant worldwide media attention.

Read The Bali Communiqué  

Low Carbon CompendiumLow Carbon Compendium

1 June 2010

This report, by The Prince of Wales's EU Corporate Leaders Group, demonstrates how the activities of some of the world’s largest companies are contributing to the delivery of a low climate risk economy. Profiles and examples of the activities and climate projects are given for each of the member CLG companies featured, including their carbon reduction goals and how these are being met.

Download a copy of the report.

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