Prospect and the environment
Prospect has a proud tradition of leadership and activity on environmental issues. We have helped to shape policies and action at a UK level through the Trades Union Congress, and internationally through our global union federations.
Climate change is a major issue for trade unions because:
- the move to a low-carbon economy has massive implications for jobs
- it has huge economic consequences
- it is linked to many Prospect policies, eg international development
- it has implications for the working environment.
As a union, Prospect is uniquely well placed to make a significant contribution in combating the dangers of climate change. Members in the Met Office, research councils, the Environment Agency, the energy sector and many other areas have a scientific or professional expertise and a common concern to address the most serious threat to the future of life on our planet.
Prospect's general secretary Paul Noon is joint chair of the Trade Union Sustainable Development Advisory Committee (TUSDAC) - the main forum for consultation between government and trade unions on sustainable development and environmental issues. Through TUSDAC we have made an input to major policy issues such as sustainable employment, the European Emissions Trading Scheme and climate change legislation, and initiatives including training and facilities for environmental representatives.
Putting policies into practice
Green your workplace
Our guide to greening the workplace contains practical advice for Prospect reps and members, on how to make positive changes at work - with employers, members and in the wider community.
Environment and energy network
We have an informal network which enables members with an expertise or interest in the environment and energy to make contact and exchange information.
Environmental policy objectives and action plan
As an employer, Prospect has drawn up a set of environmental policy objectives and an action plan. Progress is being monitored by a network of 'green champions' - staff from across the organisation who have volunteered to take the lead among their teams and departments.
Members in the environment/food industry
Prospect represents thousands of members working in this area - see the industry pages of our site for more information.Members: log in now to find out how to join the environment and energy network, or to download any of the documents from the list below.
02 February 2015
The briefing aims to raise awareness of two highly significant global events this year that an incoming UK government will need to prepare for and negotiate on – namely the global agreements on sustainable development goals (SDGs) addressing poverty reduction and a legally binding climate change agreement. The briefing also outlines a poverty/climate campaign that Prospect members may be interested in.
01 December 2014
This briefing is not intended to be “bah-humbug” but rather a light hearted document that looks at Christmas through a sustainability (social and environment) lens with a fair amount of poetic licence. It does however aim to raise awareness of a range of issues that both individual Prospect members and organisations could consider – one to reduce waste and energy consumption associated with the season and secondly how to contribute to being a positive force for good both at home and abroad.
27 October 2014
A5 flyer listing Prospect networks and contact details
17 October 2014
Submission by Prospect on the consultation of the UK Transposition of new EU Procurement Directives – Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
15 October 2014
A leaflet about a public meeting at Kew Gardens
10 September 2014
Our common future on environment and social sustainability - your union's platform for engagement.
02 June 2014
Conference fringe presentation on regulation and the environment by Andrew Dobbie, Deputy Head of the UK Government’s Office of Unconventional gas and Oil. He leads in that office on issues of public engagement and maximising the economic benefit to the UK of shale development. He works three days a week in that role; for the rest of the week he is Chair of the Departmental Trade Union Side of the Department of Energy and Climate Change. He has worked as a civil servant for more than 20 years, mostly in the Department of Trade and Industry; and his previous responsibilities have included policy on international oil markets and regional development within England.
02 June 2014
Conference fringe meeting presentation on scientific and engineering evidence by Zoe Shipton - Professor of Geological Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at Strathclyde University. She is a structural geologist working on fault growth processes, the link between faulting and fluid flow, and the structure of modern and exhumed earthquake faults. She also conducts research into quantifying geological uncertainties and the perception and communication of risk and uncertainty. Previously, Zoe was a senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow, Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences (2004-2010), a lecturer at the Department of Geology at Trinity College Dublin (2001-2004), and a post-doctoral research fellow at Utah State University (1999-2001). She is Chair of the Tectonic Studies Group, and is a member of the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering working group on "Shale gas extraction in the UK: a review of the scientific and engineering evidence".
28 April 2014
This briefing is based on reputable sources, but is not intended as a definitive scientific statement - rather as a useful background to start a conversation on this topic. It is designed to inform and enable Environment Reps, Environment/Sustainability Committees and members interested in environmental issues in their workplaces to make a difference
10 March 2014
Environmental Science Competition 2014 Flyer