[2022] Motion 16 Decarbonising public services

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Congress notes that COP26 failed to put the governments of the world on course to achieve the Paris 2015 target, of keeping the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees, and no more than 2 degrees, above pre-industrial levels. Even if all the actions proposed in the Glasgow Climate Pact were achieved, we are headed for a rise of 2.4 degrees by the end of the century. This would mean catastrophic climate change with all its environmental, economic and social consequences.

Congress believes decarbonising public services is key. UNISON’s report Getting to Net Zero in Public Services, shows that getting public services to net zero needs £140bn in government funding by 2035.

Congress supports the report’s recommendations including demanding new national public service climate social partnerships, campaigning for affordable and public ownership of energy and water, developing educational materials and engaging with employers, service users and elected representatives in developing inclusive just transition boards for all public service sectors.

Congress will remain a key part of the international and national policy debates about the fairest way of achieving decarbonisation, the civil society movements that will keep leaders and governments on track, the social dialogue and negotiations needed to deliver just transition across all workplaces and will:

i. build on the momentum around COP26 and work closely with unions and civil society coalitions

ii. support campaigning for public service sectoral climate plans and funding for the just transition

iii. campaign for facility time for green reps.



› In the fourth paragraph, after “workplaces”, delete “and will” and replace with “. Congress calls on the TUC General Council to”.

› In sub-paragraph i., at the end, add “to accelerate the decarbonisation process across public services”