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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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Standing up for Natural England flyer   info
Standing up for Natural England flyer
 23 January 2019 

Stand up for Natural England poster   info
Stand up for Natural England poster
 23 January 2019 

Brexit and the UK border: progress review inquiry   info
Submission by Prospect to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee Brexit and the UK border: progress review inquiry
 07 November 2018 

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 

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 

Is this the lightest green government ever?   info
This leaflet explains why the government's cavalier disregard for expert advice on the environment and green investment undermines its claim to be "the greenest government ever".
 12 September 2011 

Green workplaces for a better future   info
A leaflet outlining how Prospect can help you improve environmental performance in the workplace. Includes useful tips, contacts and links.
 02 June 2011 

I'm Not A Number... I'm a climate scientist   info
Part of the I'm Not A Number campaign – Sue Benham is an expert in applied environmental science. Tackling climate change – and reducing CO2 emissions – is one of the biggest challenges we face. The UK’s climate scientists play a vital role in monitoring change and seeking solutions
 03 March 2011