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 is active in the Trade Union Sustainable Development Advisory Committee – 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.
08 January 2016
Information about Prospects training events for members interested in environmental sustainability and climate change.
10 December 2015
A sustainable workplaces member guide. This guide covers energy efficiency (beyond lightbulbs) and the link between carbon emissions, carbon reduction plans and corporate energy saving plans. Included is a policy checklist and trends shaping the future low-carbon digital workplace. The impact on members is covered by broad and specific bargaining considerations, devolved government plans and the evolving legal framework.
10 December 2015
A sustainable workplaces member guide. This guide covers low and zero-carbon travel and transport plans including hybrid and electric vehicles. The guide aims to demonstrate the link between carbon emissions, organisational carbon reduction plans and corporate plans. Included is a policy checklist, broad and specific bargaining positions, devolved government plans, running costs and links to tax guidance.
27 November 2015
This briefing is about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by 193 countries at the United Nations, in September 2015. Prospect’s energy, good work, health and safety, equality, environment and climate change activity and policies reflect many of the SDGs' ambitions.
06 October 2015
Prospect briefing outlining how workplace environment reps can help Scotland achieve its climate change commitments.
07 August 2015
Linked to the ESOS regulations - outlines the relationship between carbon dioxide and energy usage, novelty facts, regulation and sources of information. Click to progress the presentation
04 August 2015
The note covers who can be an Environment Representative, what they can do in formal and informal structures and a "road map" with entry points. It also includes a case study of a young member in the Heritage sector.
04 August 2015
Adapting to and mitigating against climate changes will in the long term usher in fundamental changes to the way we conduct our everyday lives, the sectors we work in and the way we work. We want to ensure that no one is left behind. This briefing looks at workplace bargaining for energy efficiency, home working and travel.
29 May 2015
Submission to the consultation discussion for the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Bill, Developing Statutory Guidance for Public Bodies. The submission highlights the role of environment representatives, the role they play in the workplace and the contribution trades unions make to the sustainability agenda.
28 May 2015
TUC education workbook for trade union members interested in climate change, environmental and social sustainability