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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.

planet earthClimate 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.

greening the workplace guide

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.

Downloadable resources

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Developing Statutory Guidance for Public Bodies (Wales Well-Being Act) Download now: 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.
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.
Targeting climate change Download now: TUC education workbook for trade union members interested in climate change, environmental and social sustainability
28 May 2015
TUC education workbook for trade union members interested in climate change, environmental and social sustainability
TUC guide: Go green at work Download now: Handbook for environment representatives or members interested in workplace environmental sustainability
28 May 2015
Handbook for environment representatives or members interested in workplace environmental sustainability
Wales sustainable development, heritage and environment Download now: 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
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
Mind the gap Download now: 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.
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.
Socially and environmentally sustainable Christmas Download now: A light-hearted document that looks at Christmas through a sustainability (social and environment) lens with a fair amount of poetic licence.
01 December 2014
A light-hearted document that looks at Christmas through a sustainability (social and environment) lens with a fair amount of poetic licence.
A network for you – in Prospect Download now: A5 flyer listing Prospect networks and contact details
27 October 2014
A5 flyer listing Prospect networks and contact details
Public procurement regulations (EU transposition) Download now: Submission by Prospect on the consultation of the UK Transposition of new EU Procurement Directives – Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
17 October 2014
Submission by Prospect on the consultation of the UK Transposition of new EU Procurement Directives – Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
Environment Reps leaflet Download now: Our common future on environment and social sustainability - your union's platform for engagement.
10 September 2014
Our common future on environment and social sustainability - your union's platform for engagement.
Fracking: Regulation and our environment Download now: Conference fringe presentation on regulation and the environment by Andrew Dobbie, Deputy Head of the UK Government’s Office of unconventional gas and oil.
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.
 
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