New support for green reps in energy savings “league table”
The Government has acknowledged today that employees have a key role to play in saving energy in their workplace, and that this is integral to achieving emissions reductions in the public and private service sectors. Carbon pricing kicks off in April 2010 for 5,000 of our largest service sector employers, when the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), takes effect. The CRC will put a price on every tonne of CO2 consumed in the service industries, with incentives to cut consumption. It aims to save around a million tonnes of CO2 a year when fully operational.
It’s great news for the TUC and our affiliates and reflects well on the hard work and dedication of green reps. Their work will now be recognised in a CRC performance “league table”, which requires employers to tick an “employee engagement” box if they meet one of the following criteria:
- Energy management training is offered to the majority of employees in your organisation
- Your organisation has active employee working groups on energy management, which report to senior management, and take forward initiatives to reduce the organisation’s carbon emissions.
- Where an independent trade union is recognised for collective bargaining purposes, energy management issues are considered in these joint discussions and members actively take forward initiatives to reduce the organisation’s carbon emissions.
As the TUC’s latest study of 1,300 green reps points out, unions are now the real green champions in the workplace! A copy of Unions and climate change – the case for union environment reps is available on the Greenworkplaces pages of our website: go to economy/environment.