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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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Environment resources for union week   info
An environment briefing with Prospect environment resources in support of workplace activity during “Let’s talk Prospect” week beginning 3 October 2016. The workplace environment agenda has the feel good factor – it’s also: • easy to talk about with a broad range of topics • generates conversation, contributions and participation • is really simple to put an activity together
 26 September 2016 

Let's talk Prospect: sustainable workplaces   info
A new PowerPoint for Prospect members who are interested in the environment and climate change and would like to join our e-network or become an environment representative in their workplace.
 26 September 2016 

Your planet needs you poster   info
Your planet needs you! A4 poster based on 'The Incredibles' about adopting environmental practices at work.
 22 July 2016 

Carbon Management Plans and your work footprint   info
Presentation slide show supporting the guide on carbon management plans. The slide show gives an overview of why we need to reduce carbon emissions, the carbon budgets and fun facts on where emissions are coming from. There is specific information on the devolved government legislation and priorities.
 18 March 2016 

Sustainable workplaces workshops   info
Information about Prospects training events for members interested in environmental sustainability and climate change.
 08 January 2016 

Workshop: Bargaining for sustainable workplaces   info
Venues, dates and link to on-line registration for the 2016 timetable of training workshops
 08 January 2016 

Save the wildlife garden   info
Leaflet promoting online petition
 24 September 2015 

Money to burn presentation   info
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
 07 August 2015 

Developing Statutory Guidance for Public Bodies (Wales Well-Being Act)   info
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 

TUC guide: Go green at work   info
Handbook for environment representatives or members interested in workplace environmental sustainability
 28 May 2015