At its recent Autumn Meeting, the Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC) bolstered its board of directors with the appointment of two new members, Mayor of Espoo Jukka Mäkelä and Stora Enso Executive Vice President, Paper Division Kati ter Horst. Henrik Ehnrooth is to remain as Chairman, with Jaakko Eskola (Wärtsilä), Pekka Lundmark (Fortum), Risto Murto (Varma) and Jorma Ollila also continuing to serve on the board.

Having enjoyed rapid growth in its first five years, CLC has established itself as a pan-Nordic organisation, and what we understand to be the largest climate business association of its kind in Europe. The membership currently comprises 56 organisations and 22 private members.

  • When we were setting up CLC five years ago, we saw that climate change was going to have a huge impact on business, but we also recognised what an immense opportunity climate change mitigation would come to represent. As our membership has grown, so has our ambition. Over the next five years, we intend to expand our global reach and influence further, Henrik Ehrnrooth commented.

More than 90 organisations have signed CLC’s pan-Nordic call for more ambitious EU action on climate.

  • Businesses have far more potential to deliver real climate action than many realise. In addition to delivering emissions reductions here in Finland, Finnish businesses can contribute to driving down carbon emissions globally. Our members Outotec and Neste recently reported that their innovations have generated a 14-million tonne reduction in carbon emissions, also known as a “carbon handprint”. This is equivalent to a third of Finland’s net territorial emissions. If we add up the combined carbon handprint for our entire membership, we are looking at even more significant figures. An important thing to bear in mind is that there is of course no upper limit to your carbon handprint,” said Jouni Keronen, Executive Director at CLC.