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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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Your planet needs you poster   info
Your planet needs you! A4 poster based on 'The Incredibles'
 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 

Carbon Management Plans and your work footprint   info
This guide aims to equip Prospect members to participate in carbon management plans introduced in their organisations. The guide looks at the impact on working practices and the bargaining considerations in relation to carbon reduction plans
 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 

Energy efficiency - beyond light bulbs   info
This guide covers energy efficiency and the link between carbon emissions, carbon reduction plans and corporate energy saving plans. It includes a policy checklist and trends shaping the future low-carbon digital workplace.
 10 December 2015 

Ultra low to zero carbon travel & transport   info
This guide covers low and zero-carbon travel and transport plans including hybrid and electric vehicles. It includes a policy checklist, broad and specific bargaining positions, devolved government plans, running costs and links to tax guidance.
 10 December 2015 

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