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The Green Growth Platform brings together ministers from European governments, businesses and the European Parliament to discuss and debate the economic opportunities and challenges involved in the transition to a low carbon, resilient economy. This notable and influential platform is made up of ministers from 17 governments, members of the EU parliament from across the political spectrum and major businesses from across Europe.

The economic challenges of creating a low or zero carbon economy for Europe are complex. With this in mind, in 2013 a group of like-minded EU energy, climate and environment ministers formed an informal grouping – the ministerial Green Growth Group. The ministers agreed that business and public engagement should be a key part of their work and reached out to the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) to form a Green Growth Platform. CISL continues to provide the secretariat of the Green Growth Platform.

By bringing together business, parliament and government voices, the Green Growth Platform provides an informed business and expert-led debate with useful insights into the real world challenges of a low carbon and resource efficient economy. The platform works primarily through a combination of regular high-level meetings, including private dinners and well attended summits.

Since the platform’s inception, it has hosted numerous high profile debates, provided political momentum and timely policy insights. The platform is acknowledged as a credible forum to explore, promote and pursue the economic and strategic case for an economic transformation in response to climate change. It has discussed such topics as: the development of a new EU climate and energy package, National Energy and Climate plans, EU wide long-term strategies for decarbonisation, the reform of the EU Emissions Trading System, and the development of a new EU energy union, and ensuring compliance with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

The funding for this project comes from a combination of philanthropic support and support from European governments. The positions of the Platform or its constituent groups – i.e. the Ministerial Group, Business Group and MEP Group - do not represent the policies or positions of CISL or the wider University of Cambridge.

Current members of the ministerial Green Growth Group

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Slovenia
  • United Kingdom

Members of the Business Green Growth Group include:

3M, Acciona, Aguas de Portugal, Barilla, BT, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Doosan, Deutsche Bank, Dong Energy, DSM, Ecover, EDF Energy, Entso, EON, Ferrovial, Gorenje Surovina, GSK, HSBC, Iberdrola, IKEA, Interface, Jelovica, Kingfisher, Mirova (Natixis group), Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, Philips, RWE, Sappi Fine Paper, Shell, Skanska, Stora Enso, Tesco, Unilever, UTC, Vestas.

Membership of the parliamentary Green Growth Group is cross-party and drawn from key parliamentary committees including the environment, industry and development committees. Membership is continually growing but currently includes:

Catherine Bearder MEP, Bendt Bendtsen MEP, Kathleen Van Brempt MEP, Reinhard Butikofer MEP, Seb Dance MEP, Pilar del Castillo Vera MEP, Bas Eickhout MEP, Frederick Federley MEP, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy MEP, Julie Girling MEP, Heidi Hautula MEP, Jeppe Kofod MEP, Jo Leinen MEP, Linda McAvan MEP, Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP, Morten Petersen MEP, Claude Turmes MEP.

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Helen Spence-Jackson, Senior Programme Manager, Green Growth Platform, Fredrick Federley MEP and Dr Arunabha Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India at the Green Growth Summit V.