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This guide is aimed at trade union reps and members
A 3-part handbook with practical guide to taking action in

Humanity is facing two major crises, economic and environmental. Over the past 50 years our current global economic model has failed to deliver the sustainable society that we need. Poverty has increased in absolute terms. The gap between rich and poor is growing as wealth is not redistributed equally. At the same time, we have already breached the “safe operating limit” of our planet in three key ways: climate change, loss of biodiversity loss and the excessive production of nitrogen and phosphorus. The world’s population is increasing rapidly (a projected 9 billion by 2050).

The TUC’s annual Congress has consistently supported progressive policies on climate change. See for example the motion on a Low carbon economy at Congress 2011: http://www.tuc.org.uk/the_tuc/tuc-20074-f0.cfm
Decarbonising the economy – in energy supply, transport, at home and at work - is essential to promoting sustainable growth, high quality employment and security of energy supply.

The TUC and its 58 affiliated unions believe that the scientific evidence from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/syr/en/contents.html underlines the urgency of a concerted approach to tackle climate change. This requires effective government action both nationally and internationally.

Our reports, conferences, campaigns and alliances with employers and campaigners address  the many employment, skills and economic issues involved in the Just Transition to a low carbon economy. We seek to influence national policy in contacts with Government, including through the Trades Union Sustainable Development Advisory Committee (TUSDAC),a key interface between the TUC and its affiliates and the Department for the Environmental and Rural Affairs.


Green innovation: industrial policy for a low carbon future This report for the TUC by Prof Paul Ekins and Will McDowall argues that government has a key leadership role in creating a “dynamic and vibrant innovation system” that meets society’s environmental and economic aspirations. The direction the UK’s economic growth...
06 November 2014
This Time is Different: The Prospects for an Effective Climate Agreement in Paris 2015 Fergus Green explores the “policy architecture” of the global climate change treaty that the UN is striving to conclude by the time it meets in Paris, December 2015. We want a “fair, ambitious and legally binding”...
06 November 2014
Commenting on today’s report ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’ from the Global Commission on the Economy and the Climate, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This excellent report by a highly distinguished commission drawn from across the globe makes a compelling and practical case for how a rapid low-carbon shift can...
16 September 2014
GREENING THE WORKPLACE – BUILDING THE UNION EFFECT, 11 JULY 2014 Speech by Kay Carberry, TUC Assistant General Secretary Key points from the new Labour Research Department report for the TUC on the union effect in greening our workplaces. New rights for environmental reps.
15 July 2014
The Union effect, the latest greenworkplace report from the TUC, bring together the latest evidence of on the benefits of joint union/management "green" initiatives at work.
11 July 2014
TUC welcomes EU investment in Yorkshire carbon capture project The TUC today (Tuesday) welcomed the news that the European Commission is to award up to £240m to the White Rose carbon capture project in Yorkshire. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This is great news for jobs and investment in...
08 July 2014
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

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