From the TUC


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

Chancellor discarding £33bn solar power industry?

01 Sep 2015, by in Environment

Over 100 organisations have appealed to the Prime Minister over  the Chancellor’s plans to cut support for the solar power industry. The government, strangely shy about the employment impact of hazarding a £33bn industry. All DECC will admit to in its consultation paper  is: “There is likely to be a negative impact on existing jobs…

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Ten charities challenge Cameron’s pre-election green promise

03 Aug 2015, by in Environment

Leaders of ten leading UK charities concerned with protection of the environment have written to the Prime Minister, alarmed that: “early policy choices being made are running counter to the strong intentions you outlined in your pre-election climate pledges and in your manifesto, to ‘accelerate the transition to a competitive, energy efficient low carbon economy.’”…

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How Trade Union Bill will cap green workplace projects

21 Jul 2015, by in Environment

Growing awareness of the impacts of climate change on our daily lives has spurred union reps and members to explore new ways to “green” their workplace. Just as unionised workplaces offer better pay and safer working conditions, so through employee engagement there is an added Union Effect in greening the workplace. Now the government’s Trade…

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Mayday! The helmsman of the green economy is way off course

14 Jul 2015, by in Environment

The Conservative manifesto 2015 said nothing about increasing road taxes. If anything, it implied the opposite: “We will make motoring greener … to protect your environment.” But the Chancellor’s Budgets changes mean that from 2017 a new greener car will cost nearly £1,000 more. Osborne’s £3 billion increase in Vehicle Excise Duty hit greener cars…

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Budget aftershock: Osborne’s £3.9 billion tax on green power

09 Jul 2015, by in Environment

The Chancellor’s £3.9 billion tax on renewable energy generators “is a punitive measure for the clean energy sector…another example of this Government’s unfair, illogical and obsessive attacks on renewables.” As Alasdair Cameron writes, “The Chancellor has just effectively put a carbon tax on carbon free electricity, which will mean fewer renewables and more uncertainty for…

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Osborne’s “ugly political debate” on green subsidies spooks investors

08 Jul 2015, by in Environment

Another unhappy budget for the green economy, confirming the sale of the Green Investment Bank, a sovereign wealth fund for communities that host shale gas development, more roads investment, and expanding the North Sea allowances to include additional activities which will maximise economic recovery. Worse, the promised review of environmental taxes this autumn will be…

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