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ETUC says 1m jobs at stake in EU climate summit

23 Oct 2014, by in Environment

Nearly a million potential jobs will be lost if EU leaders fail to agree strong climate and energy targets at a summit starting on Thursday, according to the head of Europe’s trade union movement. The ETUC’s Bernadette Ségol warned that the proposed targets were too low to reap the benefits of a new clean energy…

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Unions and industry call for 40% cut in EU emissions

22 Oct 2014, by in Environment

Both the CBI and the European Trade Union Confederation are calling on EU heads of state to back a 40% cut in the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Unions also want the so-called 2030 energy-climate package negotiations now underway in Brussels to step up investment in renewables and energy efficiency, backed by national targets.

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Paterson’s onshore wind blast

15 Oct 2014, by in Environment

Former environment secretary Owen Paterson wants to scrap the Climate Change Act and said climate change predictions are “wildly exaggerated” at his Global Warming Foundation lecture last night. Government energy policy risks a UK energy blackout, apparently, and onshore wind is the fatal flaw of our renewable energy strategy. Amber Rudd, Conservative Minister for Energy…

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Bank of England Governor: fossil fuels “unburnable”

13 Oct 2014, by in Environment

Bank of England governor Mark Carney warns that the vast majority of oil reserves should be considered “unburnable. He called for climate change risk to be mainstreamed, because continued fossil fuel investment poses a serious financial risk in a carbon-constrained world, he told an audience at the World Bank. The TUC’s tenth annual climate change…

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Unions back Hinckley C State Aid decision

10 Oct 2014, by in Environment

Energy and construction unions have welcomed the final go-ahead given by the European Commission to build Britain’s first new nuclear plant in a generation at Hinkley Point C, Somerset. Once EDF Energy makes a final investment decision,  the £24bn deal means the creation of 500 new apprenticeships and 25,000 job opportunities in the UK over…

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Carbon time is running out: time to change the game?

17 Sep 2014, by in Environment

The UN’s Global Commission on the Economy & Climate, chaired by Lord Stern, argues that it is possible to “achieve lasting economic growth at the same time as reducing the immense risk of climate change.” Its 10-point Global Action Plan is led by the principle of “integrating climate into core decision making processes.” But with…

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NUM invests in future for Hatfield colliery with £4m loan

16 Sep 2014, by in Environment

The National Union of Mineworkers has invested £4 million in the employee-owned Hatfield colliery, Yorkshire, with a commercial loan to provide bridging funds to open new coalfaces within weeks and protect 500 jobs. NUM national secretary Chris Kitchen acknowledged this action is “an unprecedented step for the Union but reinforces its commitment to the deep…

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