Green Skills Regional Workshop for ULRs
Key questions • What are green skills? • Why should green skills be important to trade union members? • What can trade union reps do?
What are GREEN skills?
Adaptation v mitigation? • 21st century projections: global surface temperature to rise 1.5 to 1.9 °C (lowest emissions scenario) and 3.4 to 6.1 °C (highest emissions scenario) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change • Mitigation: reducing household, industrial (and commercial) and transport carbon emissions (energy resource management, shift to clean energy) • Adaptation: tackling rising workplace temperatures, new health and safety challenges, increased flooding and fire risks
Skills for a GREEN ECONOMY? • A workforce skilled to deliver an economy that has “value and growth... while natural assets are managed sustainably... a thriving low carbon and environmental goods and services sector... [and] environmental damage would be reduced, while energy security, resource efficiency and resilience to climate change would all be increased” ‘Skills for a Green Economy: Evidence Report’, BIS, October 2011
Skills for low carbon industries? • • • • •
Moving to low carbon energy production Low carbon construction and retrofit Decarbonising public and private transport Resource efficiency in manufacturing Reducing the energy usage of commercial buildings
Light and dark green skill sets? • Business sustainability skills: leadership, teamwork, advocacy, project delivery,, customer service skills, • Plumbing, building, electrics, planning, logistics, operator skills, resource management • Scientific discovery • Technological development • Engineering and mathematics
Not just about carbon? • • • •
Preserving ecosystems and biodiversity Clean air, water and ground Waste management Horticulture
Old or new? Inclusive or exclusive? • • • •
Old trades and old behaviours Applied to a modern problem Technical and behavioural Implications for – every job, every grade and status – every lifestyle
• Long term shortages of strategic (dark) skills but a need to engage everybody • And the potential to tackle unemployment
Environmental literacy â€˘ "Environmentally literate" workers will have the knowledge, tools, and sensitivity to properly address an environmental problem in their occupational capacity, and to routinely include the environment as one of the considerations in their work and daily living. â€˘ Just as reading becomes second nature to those who are literate, interpreting and acting for the environment ideally would become second nature to the environmentally literate citizen. â€˘ It involves understanding the underlying scientific and technological principles, societal and institutional value systems, and the spiritual, aesthetic, ethical and emotional responses that the environment invokes in all of us.
Environmental literacy â€˘ Ella Baker Centre for Human Rights, California- â€?Environmentally literate people have sufficient knowledge, skills, and understanding of environmental topics and concerns to be able to analyze and make informed decisions about environmental issues. Increasing environmental literacy is essential to ensuring that everyone, at every educational level and in all sectors, is able to participate in developing a cleaner, prosperous economy and more sustainable future. It is vital to enabling disenfranchised people and communities to participate in and benefit from the green economy.â€?
Why should GREEN skills be important to trade union members?
Why should trade unionists go green? • • • •
Employability, employment and lifelong learning Address worker concerns for the environment Practical effects on the workplace and job roles Opportunity to influence in the workplace, community and government • Recruit new union representatives • Resource efficiency means monetary savings and potential improved job security
Green job projections • Global market worth £3.2 trillion (and growing): UK market is worth £112 billion, employs 910,000 people (1 million by 2015) • Projections (2020): – 70,000 new offshore wind jobs – 65,000 jobs in domestic retrofit installations and advice – 70,000 to 100,000 jobs in carbon capture and storage?? – 28,000 replacement employees needed in power industries
What can trade union reps do?
What to do? • Discuss in branches and committees • Raise climate and environmental concerns with your employer • Set up an environment committee • Enrol on environmental awareness courses • Research course provision in your area, integrate in to CIAG • Look out for potential ‘green reps’ • Make links with environmental campaign and community groups • Visit Unionlearn and TUC Green Workplaces website: order TUC resources
Trade union initiatives • Unionlearn – GAPS pilot – Skills for Greener Industries conference
• TUC Green Workplaces Network – Magor Brewery – A&P Marine
• Prospect – World Skills exhibition event