Business group aims to influence new European Commission on climate change | Credit: European Parliament
The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has this week launched a pan-European business group, with membes including EDF and Iberdrola, which it hopes will become the leading green business voice in the EU.
CISL has worked in Europe from an office in Brussels for the past decade, but it said CLG Europe will boost its presence in the region and create a more powerful lobbying platform for its influential business members.
Energy companies EDF, Acciona and Iberdrola and flooring manufacturer Interface are members of the new body, alongside Swedish furniture giant IKEA.
It hopes to capitalise on the transfer of power under way in the EU, with the new Commission expected to begin work in early November. New Commission President Ursula von der Leyen revealed yesterday her plans to restructure the Commission to appoint three Executive Vice Presidents below her, one of whom will be responsible for delivering a Green New Deal for Europe.
Meanwhile, climate change has leapt to the top of EU citizens’ concerns, now ranking as the second most important issue after immigration. Just a year ago, the issue ranked fifth in a list of voter concerns, according to a recent Eurobarometer poll conducted by the commission.
Eliot Whittington, director of the Corporate Leaders Groups, said increasingly businesses understand they need “clarity, commitment and ambition” in addressing the climate challenge.
“That is why CLG Europe has come together to provide a clear business led voice supporting ambition, identifying where