As the COP15 opens today and all eyes are on Montreal, EUCCAN reiterates its strong support to the fight against biodiversity loss and climate change.

Download the statement here : EUCCAN Statement – COP15 – December 6, 2022


Statement – December 6, 2022
The EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada – EUCCAN

EUCCAN calls for ambitious and strong commitments to be taken at COP-15 in Montreal

As the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) opens its doors today in Montreal, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada (EUCCAN) reiterates its strong support to the fight against biodiversity loss and climate change.

Over the past few years, many companies in Europe and Canada have been introducing sustainability into their strategic thinking and day-to-day business operations – in order to shrink their environmental and climate footprints. Our Chamber and its members endorse this shift unconditionally.

As EUCCAN works to deepen trade and business relations between the EU and Canada, it is also important to remind that CETA – the EU and Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement – includes ambitious provisions on sustainable development and offers a framework to the development of trade practices respectful of nature and our environment. EUCCAN will continue its work to ensure its smooth and sustainable implementation, in close relation with businesses and with a particular focus on sustainability.

Statement by Adrian THOMAS, EUCCAN’s President:

‘The COP-15 Conference takes place at crucial times. Roughly 64% of the world’s tropical rainforest has been destroyed or degraded since pre-industrial times, 75% of the global land surface has been significantly altered by human being and only 20% of school curricula mentions biodiversity . These are alarming figures.

We must not miss this opportunity and I hope that the COP-15 discussions will result in ambitious and strong commitments by all parties to prevent the collapse of biodiversity.

COP-15 leaders and negotiators can count on the support of EU companies in Canada which have been increasingly working, at their own scale, to implement strategies and practices that protects biodiversity and fights climate change.

The EU Chamber of Commerce will continue its active work to promote sustainability as well as open and green business relations between Europe and Canada.’


Working in concert with 25 EU state-based Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations and supported by the European Union, EUCCAN – the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada – is a key resource and main point of contact for businesses to deepen trade and economic relations between the EU and Canada.

Marie BEAUX, Executive director