From the TUC


Climate change, energy policy, and the need for a ‘Just Transition’ to a more sustainable economy.

UK Coal mines hanging on a thread

26 Mar 2015, by in Environment

Today, in refusing to back UK Coal’s bid for State Aid, the government has almost shut the door on UK Coal mining. A £10m loan will avoid the inconvenient closure of UK Coal’s Thoresby mine during an election period. As TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, said today, “Immediate help for UK Coal workers and their…

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2050 industry roadmaps? We dont have that much time

25 Mar 2015, by in Environment

The industrial, lobby has its work cut out for the next Parliament. The government’s 2050 roadmaps to decarbonise our most energy intensive industries, published today, reveal the enormous scale of investment needed. At a time of intensive international competition, our foundation industries are losing ground at an alarming rate, with the closure of over 1,000…

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#Budget2015: No Budget for a sustainable industrial future

18 Mar 2015, by in Environment

A classic Osborne Budget: a further £1.3 billion in tax breaks for North Sea oil and gas (and presumably onshore shale) but precious little of substance for the green economy. Measures to welcome include the £25m compensation scheme for energy intensive industries, brought forward to this October. Small investments in energy research, new company car…

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Green Economy Council – out in the cold?

26 Feb 2015, by in Environment

The Green Economy Council hasn’t met for two years. According to a committee of MPs, “this speaks volumes” about the government’s approach to sustainable development. The TUC backed the launch of the Green Economy Council in 2011 as a vital and much-needed initiative. But it hasn’t met since January 2013, and was denied a further…

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Energy market harms consumers

18 Feb 2015, by in Environment

This is some of the harm in a dysfunctional energy market immune from consumer switching. Over the past decade, energy prices have risen at a much faster rate than overall inflation, as our chart shows, with consumers’ gas prices rising faster than electricity. Standard tariffs make the highest profits. Yet consumers aren’t switching, while wholesale…

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Climate actions speak louder than words

17 Feb 2015, by in Environment

Through union lobbying efforts, the ITUC got back “The just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work” in the UN’s 88-page draft treaty agreed last week in Geneva. Given the massive changes in the world of work that lie ahead, it’s a relief to see core trade union issues back in play…

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