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 http://www.theccc.org.uk/ 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) http://www.ituc-csi.org/climate-change.html Â 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 most recent documents available on this subject are:TUC on latest fuel poverty figures
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 ...
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, a...
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,...
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:
Commenting on the Government's consultation on its low carbon skills strategy, announced today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
Commenting on Government plans announced today (Wednesday) for new carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities and the news that Yorkshire and the Humber is to be the UK's first low carbon economic area, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
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