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.
(7 January 2010) EPSU commented on the Smart Meters 2009 Status Review of the European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas. Please find it here: EPSU Comments smart metersFor more information of the work of ERGEG on smart meters
EPSU Conference on Utilities in the European context: Change, Modernization and Adaptation: Lisbon agenda 2020 and workers
Joint Social Partner Conference on Climate Change, Employment impact and Just Employment Transition Principles for the European Electricity Sector
(17 February 2011) The trade unions discussed the implications of climate change on public services and in particular on energy, water and waste. The [recommendations of a study->http://www.epsu.org/IMG/pdf/PP-dupressoir-confsept-final.pdf] were debated and approved. Trade unions are concerned that
(29 August 2011) When talking about environmental services, people think of waste management, renewable energy or water supply, but far less of recycling, river basin management or forest management and flood protection. Environmental services are a growth industry. Public Services unions must be
(24 October 2011) Based on current scenarios of the International Panel on Climate Change, average global temperature will likely rise with 2 degrees if we can achieve drastic CO2 cuts in 2100. Taking account of current scenarios and commitments made by large countries to reduce CO2 emissions global
(22 November 2011) Trade unions are concerned about the impact of Global warming on climate. It leads to an increase in temperatures and changes in weather patterns amongst others which can impact industries, services and regions. Rising global temperatures and especially if these increase in an