17. RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP OF THE ENVIRONMENT

GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

1. Climate change has become an economic issue for governments. Does public policy reflect that shift?

2. Do national climate change policies serve the dual objectives of reducing greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring economic development, so that communities do not regress in terms of living standards?

3. Has the government responded to climate change as an economic issue?

LABOUR

4. Has climate change been utilized as an issue in labour agreements?

SKILLS

5. Has government committed the time and money to meet the skill demands of changing labour market needs?

6. In order to provide the skill profile for occupations in the year 2020 and beyond, work on the issue must begin now. Is there evidence of this?

7. Occupational licensing authorities, health and safety regulators, technical standards and qualifications authorities all need to become active to ensure the skilled workforce is ready. Is this happening?

SECTORS

8. Is there current evidence of the adverse affects of climate change on certain sectors?

TRADE

9. Differentiated policies and markets will mean an impact on competitiveness. Some countries wish to "level the playing field" through trade measures such as border tax adjustments, or by labelling the "carbon footprint" of a product or service. Is there evidence that environmental factors are being utilized as trade barriers?

10. Are there any trade measures such as border tax adjustments, or labelling of the "carbon footprint" of a product or service?