March 2017

One of the first questions people have about the transition to a low carbon economy is: how do we pay for it? The short answer to that question is: in a number of ways. In fact, researchers have shown that many initiatives would simply pay for themselves over time. Emerging research is also finding that we can decouple greenhouse gas emissions from economic growth.  

The shift to low carbon economy may sound daunting but in reality, the transition offers opportunity for significant job growth, a more stable economy, and, if we approach it right, could help to shrink the income gap by generating good, family supporting jobs.

Read more in this month’s Green Jobs Reading List.

Curated Green Jobs Reading List

To fix climate change – Make it someone’s job

Helesia Luke, Co-ordinator, Green Jobs BC | BC Teacher Magazine | March 2017

“Soon to be the largest demographic in our work force, 18 to 25-year-olds consistently identify climate change as an urgent issue. They understand that they will likely experience the worst effects of climate change. Youth entering today's labour force also face increasingly precarious and part-time employment.”

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IEA finds CO2 emissions flat for third straight year even as global economy grew in 2016

International Energy Agency | March 17, 2017

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency, signaling a continuing decoupling of emissions and economic activity. This was the result of growing renewable power generation, switches from coal to natural gas, improvements in energy efficiency, as well as structural changes in the global economy.

Global emissions from the energy sector stood at 32.1 gigatonnes last year, the same as the previous two years, while the global economy grew 3.1%, according to estimates from the IEA. Carbon dioxide emissions declined in the United States and China, the world’s two-largest energy users and emitters, and were stable in Europe, offsetting increases in most of the rest of the world.

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Energy transition can lead to decarbonisation, says IRENA report

ESI Africa - Africa’s Power Journal | March 21, 2017

A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found that we can achieve a significant reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050 if renewables drive much of our power generation.

“To achieve decarbonisation by 2050, renewables should be 80% of power generation and 65% of total primary energy supply,” according to the report.  

Further, the report states that while the investment required is an additional $29 trillion until 2050, this only amounts 0.4% of global GDP.

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Far from the White House, the energy industry remains focused on climate

Samantha Gross | The Brookings Institution| Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This is an interesting read from a Brookings Fellow about CERAWeek – the annual international conference of energy industry leaders, experts, government officials and policymakers – held earlier this month.

Samantha Gross writes, “The main message I heard last week is that the energy industry largely isn’t changing course. Instead, energy industry leaders are staying the course on low-carbon investments and strategies, both in the United States and globally. I came away from the conference with three main messages about the industry’s response.”

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Upcoming Events

Green Jobs BC All Candidates Meeting

Join Green Jobs BC to find out where BC's political parties stand on the transition to a low carbon economy.

  • WHEN:  Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • WHERE: Alice MacKay Room, Library Square at 350 West Georgia Street

We're focused on four priority areas for green job growth in BC:

  1. Green Buildings
  2. Clean, Renewable Energy
  3. Public Transportation
  4. Sustainable Forestry

Our All-Candidates Meeting aims to convene representatives from BC's political parties to share their vision of how BC will move forward on creating good, green jobs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Register now! This event is free but pre-registration is required. Registration is closed.