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.
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
A light-hearted document that looks at Christmas through a sustainability (social and environment) lens with a fair amount of poetic licence.
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.
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.
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.
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
22 January 2014
Prospect's submisison to the UK government review of EU competences on energy and sustainability
16 January 2014
Since 1 October 2013 the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013 has required all UK quoted companies to report on their greenhouse gas emissions as part of their annual Directors’ Report. Wider environmental reporting is expected in both the private and public sector