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.
10 March 2014
Environmental Science Competition 2014 Flyer
22 January 2014
Prospect's submisison to the UK government review of EU competences on energy and sustainability
09 December 2013
Ask your Westminster MP, member of the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, Northern Ireland Assembly or Greater London Authority to sign up to our pledges
05 November 2013
World Skills UK Environmental Science Competition - 2014 Flyer
04 November 2013
New workplace environment poster
30 October 2013
Call for ideas to spend £6m allocated to the Welsh government's nature fund
19 September 2013
Response to the call for evidence on key issues including climate change; water and marine; air quality; industrial pollution; chemicals; GMOs; waste; nature protection and biodiversity; noise, and environmental impact assessments.
12 February 2013
Climate change is one of the biggest and most urgent challenges across the world. Skilled young people are needed to devise solutions and help society to adapt successfully. The WorldSkills UK environmental science competition provides an opportunity to showcase your problem solving and practical abilities against other teams from across the UK. You can find out more about the 2013 competition at bit.ly/YAAIYF Hear what previous finalists gained from their experience at bit.ly/worldskills_video2011 Entries for the 2013 competition are open until 22 March 2013. Online heats will be held between 25 March and 15 May. Top scoring teams will be invited to the 3-day competition final at The Skills Show, to be held at the LG Arena (NEC) in Birmingham from 14-16 November 2013.
12 September 2011
This leaflet explains why the government's cavalier disregard for expert advice on the environment and green investment undermines its claim to be "the greenest government ever".
29 June 2011
The Forestry Commission trade unions, including Prospect, have submitted a response to the Commons Science & Technology Select Committee inquiry examining forest research as part of the ongoing monitoring of the Spending Review 2010.