Responding to the challenge of climate change
Climate change, the largest single threat to current and future generations, is posing fundamental challenges for public services and public service workers. In recent years, we have seen extreme weather events, flooding and forest fires for example, leading to loss of life and widespread damage and destruction of buildings and infrastructure. Our members across many services have been part of the immediate and longer term response – in emergency and rescue services, energy and water, local and regional government. EPSU has been working hard to influence policies at global and European level aimed at decarbonising our economies and calling for a shift away from growth at all costs. It is essential that we achieve a more sustainable society is achieved through a just transition whereby no one is left behind.
This briefing, produced for EPSU's 2019 Congress, sets out the federation's recent activity on climate change and current priorities. EPSU has published research focusing on some of the key issues and policy developments including its position on the EU's Green Deal, the failure of energy liberalisation to address climate change and an analysis of action on climate change adaptation.
EURELECTRIC/IndustriAll Europe/EPSU Joint Position on addressing measures to mitigate social impacts
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Proposal to establish a working group on promoting sector social dialogue in the countries of the Energy Community
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IPCC confirms science on global warming. Unions, environmental and development organisations: ACT NOW
The ITUC, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, WWF, ActionAid, Oxfam and ChristianAid demand action of governments to address global warming and climate change following the new report of the intergovernmental
Electricity social partners agree joint framework of actions on competencies and training – addressing youth unemployment and climate change
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