Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC) seeking new business solutions to address climate change, has appointed new members to its board. The new appointees are Jorma Ollila, former chairman of Nokia and Shell and Jaakko Eskola, President and CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation. Henrik Ehrnrooth is to continue as Chair with Jorma Ollila appointed as Vice Chair.  Members remaining on the board for a further term are Minna Arve, Mayor of Turku Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO of Fortum, Risto Murto, CEO of Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company and Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO of Stora Enso.

CLC is continuing to attract new members. The membership currently comprises 51 organisational members and 16 personal members. The latest members to join CLC are the City of Espoo and Dr Risto Volanen, who has earlier acted as a Secretary of State in the Finnish Prime Minister’s office.

“The City of Espoo is proudly committed to developing new, smart and clean solutions for the urban environment and to becoming fully carbon neutral by 2030. CLC and partners can offer significant support to Espoo in our efforts to achieve this aim. The UN has invited Espoo and its partner, Aalto University, to join a research and leadership programme on sustainability along with Palo Alto, Cambridge, Heidelberg and Noida. Espoo will link CLC into its work as part of this network,” commented Jukka Mäkelä, Mayor of Espoo.

“We are continually hearing more climate-related news, all of them highlighting the urgency with which we must address this vitally important issue. The excellent work of CLC is a beacon of hope for us all and offers proof that the necessary solutions can be found and that the business sector is keen to implement them. It is both an honour and a privilege for me to join CLC as a member,” said Dr Risto Volanen.

”On behalf of CLC, I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome our new board members along with the City of Espoo and Dr Risto Volanen. I would also like to thank Pertti Korhonen, CLC’s inaugural Chair and our longstanding Vice Chair, Mikko Kosonen, who now finish their extremely distinguished terms on our Board. In the past four years, we have been successful in establishing ourselves as an influential climate change organization with a significant international reach,” said Henrik Ehrnrooth.

In 2018, CLC will focus on a series of Finnish and Nordic projects on carbon neutrality in areas such as forestry, agriculture, energy and transport. We will also continue our efforts to engage consumers towards more climate-friendly choices and to develop new methodologies for effective carbon pricing.

Earlier this year, CLC brought together a coalition of Nordic business and financial sector representatives, cities and climate change NGOs to issue a joint call for the EU and its members states to agree a series of new and more ambitious climate targets. So far, 50 organisations have pledged their support for the initiative. CLC also had the opportunity to formally present the initiative at the European Commission’s climate summit in July. CLC and its members were also actively involved in promoting the international Zero Emissions Day on 21 September 2018.

For more information, please contact:

Jouni Keronen, Executive Director, Climate Leadership Coalition, Tel: +358 50 4534881.