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.
27 November 2015
This briefing is about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by 193 countries at the United Nations, in September 2015. There are 17 new goals grouped under four broad headings of well-being, society, nature and economic. Each goal has a set of progressive targets covering a 15 year period. They replace the Millennium Development Goals. Prospect’s energy, good-work, health and safety, equality, environment and climate change activity and policies reflect many of the SDGs ambitions. The “economic goals” however relate specifically to core labour standards and Decent Work. For ease of reference this briefing will only highlight certain goals and focus on where there maybe resonance with Prospect members in their professional capacities.
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
28 May 2015
Handbook for environment representatives or members interested in workplace environmental sustainability
12 May 2015
This briefing outlines the new and proposed legislation in relation to sustainable development, the natural environment and the historic environment in the Welsh Assembly. Apart from the obvious intent to protect the natural and historic environment and commit to the long term sustainable development principles – the new Well-being of future Generations (Wales) Act includes consultation with trade unions
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.