Find out how unions have helped workplaces cut carbon

With governments meeting in Paris for the CoP 21 talks, climate change is once again top of the news agenda.

To find out about what unions have been doing to support the skills and learning opportunities that workplaces will need, a number of publication have been produced.

The Union Effect: Greening the workplace is a recent report that presents the experiences of six organisations which have made a serious effort to lessen the impact of their operations on the environment and, in particular, to reduce their carbon footprint.

It looks at the measurable progress that has been made, and the role of unions in that progress. The six case studies cover the public and private sectors, as well as a range of industries:

  • Allianz Insurance: a financial services company 
  • Defra (York): a central government department 
  • EDF Energy: one of the big six energy companies 
  • Furzedown Low Carbon Zone: a community project based on a further education college 
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital, an NHS Trust 
  • The Port of Felixstowe, the largest in the UK

Keith Hatch, unionlearn Learning Campaign Support Officer said:

Trade unions having been leading the call for green workplaces and a just transition through supporting workers develop the skills needed for the new jobs created by a low carbon economy. TUC Education has also been offering Green Reps training to help workplaces improve resource efficiency, and a national network of Green Reps have been helping workplaces cut carbon – and costs."

To download The Union Effect go to:

https://www.tuc.org.uk/publications/union-effect-greening-workplace-0