Cutting carbon, not jobs

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date: 16 September

embargo: Immediate release

Dozens of South West companies will be learning how they can make their businesses greener at special workshops organised by the South West TUC next month.

The South West TUC's Green Workplaces Project has been working with trade unions members and employers for the last two years to promote employee engagement as a way making workplaces more environmentally-friendly.

The project, funded by the South West Regional Development Agency, is running half-day workshops in Bridgwater on October 5, Devizes on October 13, Exeter on October 19 and Plymouth on October 20. Places are free to book and there still some available.

The event in Devizes takes place at the Wadworth Brewery. It has joined forces with South West TUC and the South West Manufacturing Advisory Service to put on a training event looking at ways of saving money and reducing carbon emissions by introducing energy saving initiatives into the brewery sector. The event is aimed at managers and employees in breweries ranging from the large scale to micros, the event may also be of practical help to those working in the wider food and drink sector.

The event will revolve around a tour of Wadworth Brewery in Devizes focusing on the company's moves to cut carbon, including a new vapour capture system.

Nigel Costley, South West TUC regional secretary, said: 'At a time when climate change is a growing concern, and workplaces are under increasing financial constraints, these sessions will offer practical solutions that can really make a difference to a workplace. We want employers to cut carbon, not jobs.'

The workshops in Bridgwater, Exeter and Plymouth will be lead by Keith Wheaton-Green, an environmental consultant and Climate Change Officer at South Somerset District Council. Keith has been working on renewable energy projects and ways to engage employees on workplace energy saving for a number of years and will share his knowledge and practical experience. The workshops will be a mix of presentations, group work and advice.

Keith Hatch, Green Workplace project worker, said: 'Those attending will get positive examples and case studies on carbon reduction projects and energy saving advice. They will also be able to get guidance on renewable energy installations at work.

'We're hoping to recruit more Green Reps who will join those already trained and working in companies across the region.

'The South West TUC Green Workplaces Project is all about working with businesses and helping them live with environmental protection in mind. Those that adapt now will become more resilient and successful. Working with staff now to cement changes is more cost-effective than waiting and makes firms better placed to protect jobs in the future.'

To book a place on the workshops email bcallinan@tuc.org.uk or khatch@tuc.org.uk, ring 0117 947 0521 or visit http://www.greenworkplacessouthwest.org.uk/

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Contacts:

South West TUC press officers:

Phil Chamberlain m: 077 930 18283 | e: southwestmedia@tuc.org.uk

Susie Weldon m: 0797 0466 830 | t: 0117 952 0974 | e: southwestmedia@tuc.org.uk

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