Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC), which develops business-driven solutions to climate change, has warmly welcomed four new organisational members: Tampere University, Caruna Networks Oy, Tornator Oyj and the University of Oulu.

These new members takes the number of CLC’s organisational members to 68. Tampere University, electricity distribution company Caruna Networks, forest management company Tornator and the University of Oulu strengthen CLC’s position as the largest climate business network in Europe.

“Tampere University is pursuing carbon neutrality by 2028. Teaching and research at our university support’s Finland’s plan to be global leader in the circular economy. We want to play our part in building a sustainable world and are developing solutions for climate change, nature conservation and the sustainable development of society. We bring the expertise of our centres of excellence which ranges from health technology to development of the built environment,” says Mari Walls, President of Tampere University.

“Tornator is a leading European company specialising in sustainable forest management. We own a total of 700,000 hectares of forests in Finland, Estonia and Romania. Our operating model is based on responsible use of forests as well as strong environmental expertise and utilisation of digital technologies. We were pleased to join CLC’s operations to promote the mitigation of climate change,” says Henrik Nieminen, says Tormator’s CEO.

“Caruna Networks distributes electricity to around 700 000 customers. We maintain and build a weatherproof, smart network electricity network which creates the foundation for future energy systems, where digital services grow, mobility electrifies and consumers become energy producers. Membership of CLC is an interesting opportunity to work together to develop the energy sector across Finland,” says Caruna Networks CEO Tomi Yli-Kyyny.

“The University of Oulu conducts top-level research into the effects of climate change in such fields as the atmosphere, paleoclimatology, the circular economy and people’s wellbeing. Our 5G expertise is an important strength when testing and verifying solutions developed to measure carbon footprints. We are also starting work on building a new, completely carbon-neutral university campus. CLC’s network provides us with a new opportunity to learn more from our partners and to share our own experiences,” says Jouko Niinimäki, rector of the University of Oulu.

CLC has also accepted as personal members Nils Torvalds MEP and Jukka Honkaniemi, an expert in sustainable finance. Their membership takes the number of personal members to 26. 

“Throughout my life I have sought new challenges. Climate change is the most fascinating, complex, diverse and educational challenge I’ve faced. It’s like a mysterious chess game, which we can’t afford to lose,” says Nils Torvalds.

“Solving climate change calls for pioneers both in business life and in other areas of society. CLC uniquely brings together solution-driven actors and systematically contributes to achieving changes. It’s an honour to continue working with CLC as a personal member,” says Jukka Honkaniemi.

“I wish our new members warmly welcome to CLC’s operations. It’s encouraging that interest in our organisation continues to grow from strength to strength. Our growing membership and partnership network increases our possibilities to support Finnish decision-makers in work to mitigate climate change as wel as the EU in planning and implementing the Green Deal,” says Henrik Ehrnrooth,chair of CLC’s Board of Directors.

CLC is a non-profit organisation and its members employ some 400,000 people worldwide. The stock market value of CLC’s company members is almost 70% of the Helsinki Stock Exchange. The Coalition’s members believe that a profound transition of society towards sustainable consumption habits and economy is not only possible but also economically viable.

For more information:

Jouni Keronen, CEO, Climate Leadership Coalition, +358 50 453 4881

Kari Mokko, Development Director, Climate Leadership Coalition, +358 40 751 3281