"Half of UK carbon emissions are produced by work activity. Workplaces burn energy, consume resources and generate waste and travel." Greening the Workplace, TUC Workplace Manual 2012
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We believe that green or sustainable workplaces should also take on board wider issues such as ethical investment, fair trade and workers' rights.
PCS conference agrees further policy on the environment and climate change
At PCS annual delegate conference 23-25 May four important motions were passed relating to the union's environmental/green agenda:
A41 calling on conference to adopt and promote the new PCS pamphlet on just transition and energy democracy (see separate page). Other elements are to ensure that climate change demands are included in industrial strategies; to continue to press for formal consultation mechanisms on sustainability issues within the Civil Service Forum including to lobby for staturtory rights for Workplace Environmental Reps (WERs); to work with the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy and other energy democracy groups such as Switched on London to promote energy transition based on public ownership and democratic control; to promote international solidarity on issues such as climate refugees.
A42 called for "arms to renewables" noting the devasting impact of the arms trade and need to urgently tackle climate change by promoting renewable energy and one million climate jobs. As the delegate from Defra said - there is an alternative, turning Trident into wind turbines!
A43 reffirmed the union's opposition to nuclear energy, the need to promote energy democracy and fight for green energy. Speaking for the NEC, Martin Cavanagh said investment in nuclear should be put into renewables, along with research into storage technology and support for decentralised energy systems.
A44 moved by Aviation Group President Tahir Latif, highlighted the failiure of government to address the problem of diesel cars and air pollution, and the need for a clear plan to move to electric vehicles run on renewable energy in the shortest possible time-frame.
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PCS is part of a growing movement demanding economic, social and environmental justice for workers and communities to a unionised zero carbon economy.
There are many ways to get involved in climate issues: at the workplace becoming a green rep, raising through trades councils and anti-cuts groups, attending meetings and joining local campaigns.
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