University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership
The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG) brings together business leaders from major UK, EU, and international companies who believe that there is an urgent need to develop new and longer term policies for tackling climate change. The Corporate Leaders Group engages in policy through open letters, roundtables, international summits, communiqués and participating in projects to demonstrate what is possible. The groups are cross-sector, encompassing energy producers, manufacturers, banks, retailers, utilities and others.
The EU CLG was convened by The Prince of Wales in 2007, bringing 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 is focused on the changes necessary to ensure long-term economic prosperity, competitive advantage and corporate sustainability at an EU-wide level. In Summer 2012, the EU CLG met with a large delegation of senior EU officials led by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Commissioners for the Environment Janez PotoÄnik 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 publicprivate partnership in the creation of a competitive Europe.
Current members of the EU CLG include: Acciona, Alstom, Aviva, Barilla, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Deutsche Telekom, Doosan Power Systems, Johnson & Johnson, Kingfisher, Philips, Renault-Nissan Alliance, Shell International, Skanska, Tesco, Unilever, UTC and Vodafone.