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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.

Commenting on the announcement today (Thursday) that the government will sell the publicly-owned Green Investment Bank (GIB) to the Macquarie Group, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The sale is a missed opportunity for Britain to create the green economy we need, and to catch up with our competitors on...
20 April 2017
The TUC is today (Friday) publishing a new report outlining how the UK can undergo a clean energy transition to create high-quality jobs and secure a major share of the future clean energy industry, which is estimated to be worth $500bn globally.
22 July 2016
Commenting on the government’s announcement today (Wednesday) of cuts to support for rooftop solar energy – on the same day as the Met Office says 2016 will be the hottest on record – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It beggars belief that the government is cutting support for a...
17 December 2015
While the UK urgently needs to move towards a lower carbon economic model, in the past such periods of restructuring have too often left ordinary workers to bear the costs. This event set out the need for new industrial opportunities and skilled jobs to support a fairer shift, exploring the...
16 November 2015
The government must stop cutting renewable energy funding and get behind the UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy, a new report has said today (Monday).
18 October 2015
Damaging low carbon investment: the TUC's submission to the Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry, Promoting sustainable development (August 2015), said that the government has announced 11 Treasury-led green policy reversals that drew widespread criticism from industry - motor manufacture, construction, energy project developers, the renewable energy sector, energy efficiency installers -...
22 September 2015
The government’s Trade Union Bill wants to empower “A Minister of the Crown” to cap the time and resources available to union reps in the public and private sectors sector to represent their members effectively. Yet growing awareness of the impacts of climate change on our daily lives has spurred...
04 August 2015
The mythical “march of the makers”: In his 2011 Budget speech, George Osborne said he wanted “a Britain carried aloft by the march of the makers.” However, a new TUC analysis shows that manufacturing’s proportion of GDP has flatlined at 10.1% of GDP for the past six years. Our foundation...
18 March 2015
7 March 2015 Commenting on the Time to Act on Climate Change march taking place today (Saturday) in London, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “2015 is a crunch year for the UN’s climate change negotiations and every government must play its part to make the new climate treaty a...
07 March 2015
The government is saddling businesses with higher than necessary energy bills through its failing energy efficiency strategy for the commercial sector, a new TUC report argues today (Friday). Efforts by government to boost commercial energy efficiency are not working, and end up costing UK businesses millions of pounds every year,...
13 February 2015