On its sustainable development agenda, the ETUI studies the role of the social partners in effecting the transition towards a low-carbon society, placing emphasis on the social aspects of climate change and the necessary energy transformation. In this context, a series of research and training activities with a multidisciplinary focus are carried out at the Institute.
Main issues tackled under this priority in our work programme for 2015-16:
- Macroeconomic considerations of a future sustainable growth model based on scenarios of ‘crisis growth’, ‘green growth’, and ’de/low/no-growth’;
- Monitoring EU policies on sustainable development and climate change, and the implications of member states’ policies under the impact of austerity, pointing out gaps between targets and reality;
- A continued mapping of employment effects, with a focus on social and employment risks (in sectors); quality of employment and working conditions in low-carbon sectors; sectoral analyses highlighting controversial issues (e.g. coal and nuclear energy, biofuels, extreme energy); further development of the sustainable company approach and a stakeholder-oriented corporate governance (i.e. which includes trade unions and the workforce);
- Developing a trade union-oriented approach to no- and low-growth scenarios as well as sustainability debates;
- Analysis and better understanding of the future of work;
- Continuation of the debate on ‘Beyond GDP’ and alternative indicators;
- Increasing the capacity of trade unions to influence scientific and technological developments as well as emerging risks at work on the basis of a social and safety assessment and an open debate on their impact on employment and society.
Selection of publications
External publications of ETUI researchers