The Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC), which develops business-driven solutions to address climate change has accepted four new organisational members: Flexens, Spinnova, Terveystalo and THL.

Flexens is a project developer focusing on the energy storage and demand response technologies. Spinnova is developing the use of sustainable cellulose fiber especially for the needs of the textile industry. Terveystalo is the largest healthcare service company in Finland. THL, The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare studies, monitors, and develops measures to promote the well-being and health of the population in Finland.

The new additions bring the total number of CLC organizational members up to 91 and strengthen CLC’s position as Europe’s largest climate business network.

“Flexens one of the most advanced hydrogen experts in Nordics with key positions in BotH2nia initiative and Finnish Hydrogen Cluster. Flexens’ focus on demonstrating pre-commercial technologies in order to create long-term business through early business opportunities is globally unique. We aim to contribute to CLC’s work by bringing our expertise into the discussion and jointly elaborating and sharing practical solutions to challenges”, says Berndt Schalin, CEO, Flexens.

“Spinnova is very proud to join CLC’s meaningful work in climate action. Spinnova produces the most sustainable textile fibre in the world, both from a raw material and fibre making process aspect. Our fibre saves 65% of CO2 compared to cotton, and in 10-12 years our ambition is to produce one million tons of Spinnova fibres, making a significant climate impact when replacing other fibres”, says Janne Poranen, CEO and co-founder of Spinnova.

“Terveystalo was the first health care service provider in the Nordics to calculate its carbon footprint and set ambitious targets to reduce negative environmental impact. Our target is to be carbon neutral in 2022 and we aim for our own operations to have zero emissions by 2030. We are looking foward to actively participating in the work of CLC and especially its new health theme group”, says Ville Iho, CEO and President, Terveystalo.

“THL provides information about the health and welfare effects of climate change to health and social sector professionals as well as to the general public. THL is adjusting to the changing world by focusing its research and other activities accordingly, which is why climate change is one of the themes we work on. We are excited to begin this journey with CLC, and to share our learnings with the network”, says Markku Tervahauta, Director General, THL.

CLC has accepted Anne Berner and Morits Skaugen as personal members. The number of CLC personal members has risen to 54.

Anne Berner is a Finnish Executive and former Minister of Transportation and Commmunication. Morits Skaugen is a Norwegian Executive with a focus on energy transition and applications for maritime logistic solutions.

“CLC makes very important proposals on how to increase and deepen the cooperation between the business community and public authorities in mitigating climate change. I have a long experience both in business and on the government side. It is a pleasure to join the CLC network in developing joint proposals, actions and projects”, says Anne Berner.

“Sustainability can be a core competitive strategy for companies to gain market share and de-commoditize their business and investments in sustainable companies should outperform other investments. CLC has shown great results in this area and I am honored to join and integrate with like-minded professionals,” says Morits Skaugen.

Karl-Henrik Sundström, Chair of the CLC board, warmly welcomes the new members to CLC’s network.

“Our growing membership base and network of partners enhance CLC’s potential to support Finnish, Nordic and EU decision-makers in work to mitigate climate change and implementing the European Green Deal. We are looking forward to working together in climate change mitigation with these highly respected professionals”, says Karl-Henrik Sundström.

2021 has been a succesful year for CLC. The carbon budget concept proposed by CLC as early as 2018, was incorporated into EU’s climate legislation. The Call on Carbon campaign, which was launched on the initiative of CLC and led by CLC, Haga Initiative of Sweden and Skift Business Leaders of Norway, developed into global business climate initiative. CLC’s proposal for a holistic strategy for land use and bioeconomy for the EU, the development of biomaterials and the faster development of a carbon footprint for products and materials received positive feedback from EU. And the carbon handprint concept CLC, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and LUT University have developed to assess the positive environmental impact of a product or service has taken significant steps forward.

“On behalf of CLC, I would like to thank our members and partners for the past year. It is an honor to collaborate with organizations and professionals who are among the leaders in their respective fields in mitigating climate change and who share with us the journey towards a world based on sustainable development”, says Jouni Keronen, CEO, CLC.

CLC is a non-profit association and its members employ 530 000 people globally. CLC’s corporate members represent about 70% of the market cap of OMX Nasdaq Helsinki. CLC’s members believe that transitioning society towards a sustainable economy and consumption habits is not only possible but also economically viable.

More information: Jouni Keronen, CEO, Climate Leadership Coalition, jouni.keronen@clc.fi +358 50 453 4881 and Kari Mokko, Development Director, Climate Leadership Coalition, kari.mokko@clc.fi, +358 40 7513281.