The Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) will be represented at the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Climate Summit, amongst Heads of State, Government, business, finance, and civil society climate leaders from across the globe. As well as attending the climate summit, we will also be closely involved in three important events. The first is a roundtable discussion on Carbon Pricing binging together business leaders on this critical issue, jointly hosted with the World Bank, World Economic Forum and the We Mean Business coalition, of which the CLG is an active partner. This will build on the work that the CLG team have been doing with the World Bank on their latest carbon pricing initiative, of which the CLG’s Carbon Price Communiqué is a part.
The second event, held in the Empire State Building, will feature Executive Secretary of the UNFCC, Christiana Figueres, along with corporate signatories of The Trillion Tonne Communiqué, founders of Track Zero, and city stakeholders, all exploring the role of cities in helping us meet our goal of net zero emissions, highlighted in The Communiqué. The CLG will also be hosting a breakfast Green Growth roundtable with business leaders and policymakers to debrief the summit and discuss next steps to Lima and Paris.
Join Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Director, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, Aron Cramer, President and CEO, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), and Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, for a live Twitter Q&A at 4–5pm London time/11am–12pm New York time on Wednesday September 17, using hashtag #WeMeanIt, to find out more about the initiative.
We Mean Business is a powerful coalition of world-leading business and climate organizations, who have joined forces – for the first time – to create a unified business voice in support of decisive action to tackle climate change, and transition to a low carbon economy.
Founding partners are BSR, the B Team, CDP, Ceres, The Climate Group, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and WBCSD: the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, which together represent thousands of top companies and investors.
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The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group today welcomed the news that the government would stick to its commitment to cut carbon emissions by 50% by 2027, as indicated by the UK’s Fourth Carbon Budget.
The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) has written to President Barroso calling for him and his commissioners to ensure that the future shape of EU long term energy security and climate policy go hand in hand and that Europe maintains its leadership position on climate change internationally. A similar letter has also been sent to all commissioners. The letter states that the CLG firmly believes that the energy security debate offers Europe the political and economic opportunity to unite member states around a more integrated single energy market and to solve its energy tri-lemma of cost, security and decarbonisation. It also highlights the opportunity to stimulate jobs and growth and maintain competitiveness by investing in an EU-wide energy system that responds to energy security and climate concerns. The letter concludes by urging President Barroso as he finishes his tenure to make these links; leaving a legacy of low carbon economic development, and greater competitiveness, jobs, and growth.
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The latest call for action from The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, The Trillion Tonne Communiqué, has drawn considerable media interest. Within 24 hours of launch, twelve different news websites referenced the statement, including Bloomberg, Business Green, Guardian Environment and The Hill. Social media also buzzed with mentions of The Communiqué. The website also received 4,000 visits in one day. On Twitter the #TrillionTonne was tweeted by many users to a combined audience of more than 100,000 followers. The various LinkedIn groups, on which The Communiqué was posted, put it in front of another 800,000 people. Businesses are continuing to sign up, with over 120 signatories showing their support.
Influential US media site The Hill featured the launch of The Trillion Tonne Communiqué; linking it to the latest IPCC report that came out the same week. Eliot Whittington, Deputy Director of The Prince of Wales’s UK Corporate Leaders Group, was quoted by as saying: “The [Communiqué] signatories urge policymakers to take a number of significant actions in line with the science of the IPCC, including setting a timeline for phasing out greenhouse gas emissions before the end of the century, designing a credible strategy to transform the energy system, and creating a plan to manage reliance on fossil fuels, especially coal.”
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.
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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.
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Read and sign The Communiqué.
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.”
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Eliot Whittington, Director of The Prince of Wales's UK Corporate Leaders Group spoke about a number of improvements required for a healthy climate and energy package at the Competitiveness and credibility: What is the best outcome for business from the EU 2030 climate negotiations? event. At the event, run by the Aldersgate Group, Eliot said EU ETS reform is “a priority and should be the main tool for delivering emissions reductions. It currently isn’t working.” He also reinforced the importance of innovation and the necessity of a “strong industrial policy that isn’t just about R&D but the whole innovation chain”. In light of how the rest of the world is taking action, Europe cannot afford to delay.
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).
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).
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.
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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.”
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Members of the Corporate Leaders Group and ClimateWise signed the Aldersgate Group co-ordinated letter to the Financial Times warning of an increased frequency in UK flooding due to climate change. The business signatories, which together have a combined turnover of nearly £200 billion, are calling for a cross-party political response to address the causes of climate.
Read the letter in the FT (£).
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.
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.
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UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey. Photo copyright Dave Radcliffe / Liberal Democrats
On 13 January 2013 the UK CLG had a positive meeting with the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey. The group expressed their support for the UK retaining its current level of ambition on climate change, and continuing to show leadership in the EU and internationally.
The Secretary of State welcomed the group’s role in helping communicate the business case and economic benefits of action on climate change. He urged them to help tell the low carbon investment story for the UK and the value of EU-wide action. Specific topics discussed included ETS reform, international co-operation and the UK’s Fourth Carbon Budget review.
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.
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.
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Download the statement to the Polish Government.
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 Water, stated 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.”
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.
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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.
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.
Senior leaders from the UK and EU Corporate Leaders Groups with HRH The Prince of Wales, June 2013
The CLG has been one of the most consistent and outspoken voices in support of strong, pro-business policies on climate change. Its activities and achievements range from supporting the cross-party consensus on climate change and the passage of the Climate Change Act in the UK, mobilising business support for a strong EU ETS and bold targets in Europe, and developing and delivering the Corporate Climate Communiqués – a series of international statements that have brought together over 1,000 international businesses in support of a robust, effective and equitable international action on climate change.
The CLG is cross-sectoral, encompassing energy producers, manufacturers, banks, retailers, utilities and others. It was brought together by The Prince of Wales and is managed by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).
Sir Ian Cheshire, Chair of the UK CLG, Philippe Joubert, Chair of the EU CLG, and HRH The Prince of Wales, June 2013
The current Chair of the UK CLG is Sir Ian Cheshire, Group Chief Executive, Kingfisher plc and 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.
The CLG currently has 22 members and brings together business leaders from a cross-section of UK, EU and international businesses. It continues to represent a progressive business voice.
Download the EU Corporate Leaders Group membership brochure.
Download the UK Corporate Leaders Group membership brochure.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 Trillion Tonne Communiqué (2104) is a global call to arms from businesses who take the science of climate change seriously and are demanding a proactive policy response.
Read The Trillion Tonne Communiqué.
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
The UK CLG and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have joined forces to bring together major public and private sector customers in Procurement Compacts for new, 'low to zero carbon' goods and services. These Compacts demonstrate to potential suppliers that there is a substantial and organised market demand for cost-effective, low carbon transport and catering, and for heat and power from renewable biomethane. By sending a clear direction of travel message to suppliers and by demonstrating real demand, this joint public–private sector initiative aims to create market opportunities for innovating companies and help to generate growth and jobs in the low carbon economy.
Download Down to Zero, the full prospectus detailing the Procurement Compacts.
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.
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On 29 June 2011, the UK CLG launched a new report into Government policy, calling for stronger action on climate leadership. Seize the Day reflects the member companies' belief that the UK Government has set the right goals for the economy, but must dramatically step up action to deliver these goals.
Download a copy of the report.
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