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Climate change resulting from carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions poses the greatest threat to our existence on this planet. To contain that threat, the world needs to cut emissions by about half by 2050 and to start reducing emissions now. We support strong actions at home, believing that green jobs can help secure our climate change objectives. Following advice from the Committee on Climate Change the UK is committed to halving its CO2 emissions by 2025.

But concerted international action is essential to achieve global cuts in CO2 emissions. We work with trade unions globally through the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)  to secure a “fair, ambitious and binding” UN agreement on climate change. Like many other organisations, we were hugely disappointed by the outcome of the Copenhagen Accord, in December 2009. Through the global trade union movement, we will be represented in Durban this December at the UN negotiations as governments meet again to try to agree a deal on global emissions reductions, and the Green Climate Fund.

The TUC argues that a new global climate agreement must be based on four principles:

  • the historic responsibilities of developed nations for past greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore greater obligations to make cuts
  • “common but differentiated responsibilities”, with the developed world taking the lead in cutting emissions, leaving room for the developing world to grow
  • future sustainability – obliging all nations to ensure that future generations are not placed in jeopardy
  • “procedural fairness” – a Just Transition to a low carbon future, perceived as fair by workers and their communities, involving consultation and investment in green jobs and skills

TUC submission to the House of Lords inquiry into the Economic Impact on UK Energy Policy of Shale Gas and Oil. This inquiry focuses on jobs and other economic matters, not environmental impacts. Currently in the UK there are no fully independent, peer reviewed estimates of the balance of local...
13 February 2014
TUC submission to the House of Lords inquiry into the Economic Impact on UK Energy Policy of Shale Gas and Oil. Currently in the UK there are no fully independent, peer reviewed estimates of the balance of local and national economic and jobs benefits of shale gas fracking. Industry sources...
13 February 2014
An ambitious roll-out of carbon capture storage (CCS) technology would generate a large number of jobs, create a market worth £15-35bn by 2030, and reduce household electricity bills by £82 a year, according to a joint report published today (Monday) by the TUC and the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA).
03 February 2014
Green Growth: No Turning Back sets out the key principles which underpin the TUC’s approach to energy policy and climate change. Taking account of the UN’s latest scientific evidence on climate change, the debate on energy security and the operation of the UK energy market, and on the affordability of...
13 December 2013
Britain is losing the global race on green growth, a failure that could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady will warn today (Monday) as she addresses the TUC’s annual climate change conference in central London.
21 October 2013
Commenting on the latest fuel poverty figures published today (Thursday) by the Department for Energy and Climate Change which show that the number of families who had to spend more than a tenth of their income on gas and electricity in 2010 fell by 500,000 - the first drop in...
17 May 2012
Government proposals announced today (Thursday) to sell off England's forests and woodlands to private companies or transfer them to charitable trusts could make it much harder for the public to enjoy the countryside, leave charities out of pocket, and will raise little revenue from the public purse, says the TUC.
27 January 2011
Spending cuts could risk green jobs and hinder economic recovery The Government must continue to invest in the UK's green recovery, or the opportunity to create thousands of jobs will be lost and the move to a low-carbon economy will be jeopardised, says the TUC today (Monday).
11 October 2010
Commenting on the report published today (Tuesday) by the Green Investment Bank Commission, led by Bob Wigley, which sets out a number of proposals for how such a bank could operate, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
29 June 2010
Commenting on the Government's consultation on its low carbon skills strategy, announced today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
31 March 2010