Environment

Welcome

Green Courses

Campaign ideas

 

Welcome

Welcome to the Revenue and Customs Group environmental pages.

The aim is to inform, spread ideas and debate on green issues, in the union and beyond.

Environmental/green issues are very much trade union issues. Climate change presents many challenges from flooded offices to transport disruption. How do we as a union deal with these challenges?

On a wider front if we reject fracking and nuclear as sources of energy how do we ensure energy supply and create green jobs instead?

We welcome your input and especially articles. Please send any thoughts or ideas to markepcs@gmail.com. Additionally, you can contact the group lead Marianne Owens MarianneO@pcs.org.uk or the group executive committee member Steve Ryan  Steve.Ryan@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk .


Green Courses

The Greener Jobs Alliance are advertising free online training courses aimed at trade unionists and anyone wishing to develop their understanding of the issues around climate change.


Campaign ideas

Here are a few ideas to get your members thinking. Why not base a green event around them? If you do please let the Environmental Advisory Committee know. We are keen to hear from you, so please let us know what you are up to in your workplace.
Plastic Ocean
Plastic will contribute 250million tons of waste to the ocean by the middle of the 2020s. Much of this is already in circulation and has been for many years. The slow decay rate of plastic poses an environmental danger both to wildlife and to human beings.

The second, and perhaps, potentially more disastrous pollution issue, is provided by the eventual decaying process of plastics. When a plastic item breaks down it leaches toxic chemicals in to the sea, and where taken in by fish and other aquatic life, can reach humans through the food chain.

How can do something about this problem? We can:

  • Re-use plastic bags
  • Dispose of water bottles sensibly
  • Do not use micro-bead products (the British Government have introduced a ban for 2017) and above all;
  • Recycle as much as possible.

Only through a common sense approach to waste disposable can we avoid contributing further to the plastic tidal wave ahead.

Reading Matter
Charity shops are stuffed with pre-loved books and offer a good range. The purchasing of second-hand items in all cases is a good green option. Equally, using your local library is highly recommended, as a book from such a facility pays for its carbon foot print many times over in the lifetime of its use.
Bio Fuel - the Future of Air Travel?
We all know that air travel is particularly damaging to our environment; emissions produced by planes are put directly into the upper atmosphere. Can technology provide a simple answer?

Hong-Kong airline, Cathay Pacific, invested in an American company to develop a suitable biofuel made from a mix of domestic solid waste and traditional aviation fuel. The airline claims this will reduce emissions on long haul flights by 80%, and modification of their long-haul fleet of planes will be completed by 2019.

There are a number of traditionally long-haul carriers who have been looking into reducing costs and emissions in this way. China’s Hainan Airlines had their first commercial flight using biofuels, utilising a 50:50 mix of used/waste cooking oil and aviation fuel in unmodified Boeing 737 jet engines. Qantas, Australian Airlines and Air Canada are amongst other airlines testing biofuels.

So is this the future of air travel? Certainly it is a huge benefit to the environment and is commercially beneficial; and the data shows that the longer the flight the more beneficial it is, making it viable option for long-haul flights.

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