Today, business Leaders from The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group are joining European Ministers responsible for energy and climate change for the European Green Growth Summit. The purpose of this summit is to send a clear de-carbonisation signal from Ministers, MEPs and businesses while crucial decisions are being made regarding the EU’s future energy and climate plans. The goals of the summit are;
1. To promote strong low carbon ambition in the final stages of the EU decision-making process around the 2030 Energy and Climate Package, by bringing in new voices and demonstrating the need for clear EU Leadership on the 2030 Climate & Energy Package in order to avoid investment uncertainty for business and costly impacts associated with delayed actions on climate change;
2. Making a clear link between the 2030 package and the Energy Security strategy as a catalyst for low carbon innovation, prosperity and growth;
3. To identify clear and concrete actions to be pursued in the new Commission and European Parliament mandate in order to further explore, promote and pursue a cost-effective and ambitious EU decarbonisation strategy
The event builds on the previous Green Growth Summits held in March 2014 and October 2013. It comes at a critical point in the EU and UN negotiating and decisionmaking processes.
A group of 57 leading companies and business organisations representing more than 4.5 million employees worldwide, today urged EU leaders to agree a robust 2030 energy and climate policy framework and energy security strategy that is fully in line with Europe’s long- term climate objectives and that can help deliver a global climate change agreement.
The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group is pleased to have been able to help secure support for the statement from businesses from a wide variety of sectors. The statement is being released during the informal Energy Council and in advance of the 23-24 October European Council and stresses that a timely decision by Heads of State and Government is critical.
Read the press release (pdf).
Read the statement (pdf).
The Advisory Council I of the Green Growth Platform has released a report pointing to the benefits of a low carbon union.
This respected group of advisors from esteemed international organisations, some members of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and academic experts makes a number of recommendations to Ministers and their governments in the run up to the European Council energy security discussions next week. It is one output from a series of different advisory group discussions. Note it does not represent the views of all of the Advisory Councils to the Platform nor the different stakeholders.
Download the report, Advisory Council I: Report to Ministers, Energy Security & the 2030 Climate & Energy Package (pdf).
Download the infographic (pdf).
Download the press release.
Advisory Council I of the Green Growth Platform has released a report to the Green Growth Ministers on their discussions so far around the 2030 EU Climate and Energy Package and links to growth, jobs and competitiveness.
The Advisory Council functions as an ongoing consultative process with European and global experts, business leaders, and associations with a view to reporting to the Ministerial Green Growth Group. Advisory Council I (Chair Laurence Tubiana, IDDRI & Alex Bowen, Grantham Institute) focuses on the economics of growth, jobs and competitiveness whereas Advisory Council II (Chair Philippe Joubert, CLG) focuses on climate & energy policy and the role of energy intensive and low carbon sectors.
Juan Ramon Silva Ferrada, Acciona
Oliver Rapf, Buildings Performance Institute Europe
Sandrine Dixson-Declève & Helen Spence-Jackson, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
Jill Duggan, Doosan Babcock
Alex Chirmiciu, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Thomas Fricke and Erica Hope, European Climate Foundation (ECF)
Jean-Yves Caneill, Electricité de France (EDF)
Christopher Knowles, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Philippe Joubert, Corporate Leaders Group (CLG)
Alex Bowen, Grantham Research Institute
Laurence Tubiana and Thomas Spencer, The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
Laura Cozzi, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Keywan Riahi, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Helen Muntford and Nathalie Girouard, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
David Hone, Shell
Michael Grubb, University of Cambridge
Tomas Wyns, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Rasmus Helveg Petersen, Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Denmark; Helen Mountford, Deputy Director, OECD; Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK. Photo © Dana Schou 2014.
On 3 March 2014 the Green Growth Platform held its second Summit at the European Parliament in Brussels. The Summit brought together EU Energy, Climate and Economics Ministers, EU Commission officials, Members of the European Parliament, business leaders, investors and renowned economists to discuss jobs, growth and competitiveness and recent analysis undertaken by the Green Growth Platform.
This event built on the first Green Growth Summit held in October 2013, which explored the potential economic opportunities offered by the 2030 energy and climate policy framework. It has become clear that one of the biggest challenges to an ambitious 2030 package is the largely inaccurate and incomplete picture that is becoming mainstreamed in the public and political narrative, linking energy and climate policies alone to rising energy prices and concerns over EU competitiveness. This ignores much of the wider context, including rises in wholesale oil and gas prices and Europe’s growing fossil fuel import dependency, the benefits to EU competitiveness and energy security that EU climate policies can deliver and the tools at our disposal to improve the cost-effectiveness of future EU energy and climate policies (internal energy market, innovation, early investment certainty etc.).
Johan Van Der Biest, CEO Belgium, Wienerberger; Berry Wiersum, CEO, Sappi Fine Paper Europe S.A. and CEPI Board; Atzo Nicolaï, President DSM Netherlands BV; Philippe Joubert, Chair CLG; Maria Van Der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA). Photo © Dana Schou 2014.
Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Director, CLG and Executive Director, The Green Growth Platform summarised key next steps as the following:
Download the Agenda for the Green Growth Summit II (pdf).
Carmen Becerril, CIO, Acciona S.A.; Daniele Violetti, Chief of Staff of Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UNFCCC; Rt Hon. Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, UK; Jill Duggan, Member of The Executive Committee, Doosan Babcock; H.E. Jorge Moreira da Silva, Minister for Energy & Environment, Portugal. Photo © Dana Schou 2013
The Ministerial Green Growth Group (GGG) hosted a European Green Growth Summit in Brussels on the 28 October, 2013 in the European Parliament. The event brought together Ministers, Commissioners, business leaders, investors, senior economists, officials and experts to explore and promote the economic and wider opportunities that ambitious and immediate EU low carbon ambition can offer the EU. At the Summit, the Ministerial GGG released a Joint Publication (pamphlet) which sets out the over-arching case for why the EU needs to take ambitious and immediate EU low carbon action, co-signed by GGG Ministers. Secretary of State Ed Davey, UK (initiator of the Ministerial Green Growth Group) also announced the Green Growth Platform concept.
Read the press release from the CLG.
Read the press release from the Department of Energy & Climate Change: Ministers make joint case for ambitious & immediate EU low carbon action.
Afonso Lobato de Faria, CEO, ADP (Water of Portugal); H.E. Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, Minister for the Environment, Estonia; Philippe Joubert, CLG Chair and Former President Alstom Power; Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, Former Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change; Alex Bowen, Economist & Principal Research Fellow, Grantham Research Institute, LSE. Photo © Dana Schou 2013
Laurence Tubiana, Economist & Director, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI); Thomas Reynaert, President, United Technologies International Operations, Europe; Gianfranco Incarnato, Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, Italy; H.E. Federico Ramos de Armas, Secretary of State for the Environment, Spain; Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director General, DG Enterprise & Industry, European Commission. Photo © Dana Schou 2013
The Ministerial Green Growth Group with Commissioner Hedegaard, Senior UNFCCC officials, Commission Director Generals, National Government Officials, Admirals, CEOs, investors and economists. Photo © Dana Schou 2013
The Ministerial Green Growth Group (GGG) is an informal grouping of like-minded energy, environment and climate Ministers from across 13 EU member states who have come together to work towards a pro-growth and pro-climate EU agenda. The group meets regularly to discuss and co-ordinate positions on EU low carbon matters and to promote, with businesses and investors, an ambitious EU decarbonisation growth agenda.
While the EU 2030 Energy and Climate Change Package and EU ETS reform are a priority focus for the Ministerial GGG, the group will look to work together on many other future matters including the agenda of the next Commission, individual dossiers in the next Commission and to build momentum up to the discussions about a post-2020 global climate deal at the UNFCCC meeting in Paris in 2015.
Following the Ministerial GGG’s European Green Growth Summit in October 2013, work is underway with the Ministers to build a forum and network – the Green Growth Platform – through which an ambitious, growth-enhancing and cost-effective EU decarbonisation strategy can be pursued. The objective is, over time, to establish a standing infrastructure which brings together senior politicians, businesses and investors and wider civil society to pursue these objectives.
The Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) managing committee and the corporate leaders of the CLG have been asked to manage and steer the Green Growth Platform.
Miguel Arias Cañete, Minister of Agriculture, Food & the Environment, Spain; Hon. Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, UK; Lena Ek, Minister for the Environment, Sweden. Photo © Dana Schou 2014.
Download the press coverage of the European Green Growth Summit II (pdf with links)
The Green Growth Summit, European Parliament. Photo © Dana Schou 2013
Download the press coverage of the European Green Growth Summit (pdf with links)
Download the press book for the Portuguese press (pdf)
Read the ministerial statement: Supporting an ambitious EC 2030 climate and energy package
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