The Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change initiative, led by H.R.H. Prince Charles, under the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, brings together thirty European companies who share the sense of urgency in developing new policies with long-term approaches to tackle climate change.
ACCIONA has been an active member since 2009 and as such works to further its work while it endorses its positions to fight climatic change.
The activities of the Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change have resulted in several blueprints and roadmaps widely supported by the business world, such as the Bali Communiqué, the Poznan Communiqué, the Copenhagen Communiqué and the Cancun Communiqué.
Some of the activities in which ACCIONA has participated:
In 2015, ACCIONA signed the EU ETS Market Stability Reserve letter. The European companies and associations signing this letter urge law-makers in the European Council and Parliament to start negotiations urgently and to arrive at an agreement regarding the market stability reserve as soon as possible. With this agreement, said reserve would enter into force in 2017 and the 900 million accumulated emission allowances would be transferred to the reserve immediately.
With the support of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), ACCIONA has participated in the creation of the Spanish Green Growth Group. This group was presented in May 2015, with the desire to collaborate with companies and administrations in the creation of a roadmap (Barcelona Declaration) towards a low-carbon economy. The objective of the Group is to lead the medium and long-term initiatives and demonstrate a commitment to incorporating climate policies in company strategies. In short, it shows what a model for green growth should be in Spain.
Corporate Leaders Group, with the support of European companies, ACCIONA among them, urges the treasury ministers of the G20 to make a commitment against climate change in the COP21.
In a letter sent to the Treasury Ministers of the G20, the private sector – led by the Corporate Leaders Group – has asked for solid commitments to be made in the COP21 that include a legal, fiscal and financial framework that will favor a low-carbon economy.
ACCIONA endorses the Trillion Tonne Communiqué, to prevent the cumulative emission of more than a trillion tonnes of carbon. The Communiqué requires governments for a 'rapid and focused response' to the threat posed by rising global carbon emissions, and the 'disruptive climate impacts' inevitably associated with them.
The Trillion Tonne Communiqué, coordinated by The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group, has so far been signed by more than 90 companies from 5 continents, including major multinationals like ACCIONA, Adidas, EDF Energy, ING, Mars, TetraPak, and Unilever, among others.
ACCIONA endorses the "Carbon Price Communiqué" Communiqué that calls on politicians to focus their efforts on setting up a clear framework for carbon emissions pricing. The document, coordinated by The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (EUCLG), with the support of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action (CLN) and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).
ACCIONA has endorsed The 2°C Challenge Communiqué, led by the Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action (CLN) and the EU Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (EUCLG). These organizations, along with a group of 185 major corporations from 29 countries, call on governments to take strong action on climate change; failure to do so, states the Communiqué, "risks seriously undermining future global prosperity and inflicting significant social, economic and environmental costs on the world".
ACCIONA is part of the group that officially presented the Cancun Communiqué on climate change to the EU Commissioner for Climate Change, Connie Hedegaard, and Ambassador of Mexico to the EU, H.E. Sandra Fuentes-Berain, in a ceremony also attended by the ambassadors of Mexico, the United States and Canada to the EU.
ACCIONA endorsed the statement titled Increasing Europe's climate change targets benefits the economy and employment in the EU.
Along with 29 other European companies, and as part of an unprecedented initiative, ACCIONA requested an increase in the level of emission reduction in Europe by 2020 to 30 percent of the levels recorded in 1990. Such a reduction would strengthen Europe's economic future, increase the level of employment and eliminate the climate of uncertainty and unpredictability that keeps investors away.
José Manuel Entrecanales, chairman of ACCIONA, met in Brussels with European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, and several leaders of some major European companies to defend the possibility of a more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction target.
ACCIONA sponsored the first Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership Alumni Event in Brussels with the direct participation of European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potocnik, and Joaquin Mollinedo y Juan Ramón Silva on behalf of ACCIONA.
During the event, the parties mainly discussed the need to expand business cooperation with regulators/policy makers and a cultural shift when it comes to the way we do business.