A Clean Economy and Jobs Plan for British Columbia
Author — Julia Kilpatrick Category — Carbon
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Economic analysis finds steady GDP growth and 900,000 new jobs by 2050 as British Columbia cuts carbon pollution

VANCOUVER — Renewing British Columbia’s commitment to climate leadership would create jobs and bolster the province’s economy, new analysis from Clean Energy Canada shows.

A Clean Economy and Jobs Plan for British Columbia would deliver increased economic activity, create new jobs, reduce household energy costs and better position B.C. businesses to compete, while also cutting carbon pollution.

British Columbians would have 270,000 more job prospects in 2025 than today, and easily triple that by 2050, with stronger energy and climate policies in effect. These jobs would be spread across sectors and across the province, meaning communities throughout British Columbia will see new economic opportunities.

Provincial GDP would grow at roughly two per cent a year — the same rate projected with or without climate policy — adding a healthy $46 billion over the next 10 years, and nearly doubling by 2050.

Households stand to benefit too. New climate policies would help British Columbians save money by using less energy. An average rural household would save $1,200 a year and urban households would save roughly $900 per year simply by replacing worn out furnaces and old vehicles over the next 15 years.

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The report outlines a mix of policy tools that would position B.C. to maintain its competitive advantage as a climate leader as the rest of North America follows our lead. It is based on new modelling by Navius Research, commissioned by Clean Energy Canada to quantify the economic, job and affordability implications of meeting B.C.’s 2050 climate target.

QUOTES

“This research makes it clear that British Columbian families and industries stand to gain from strong climate policies. B.C. has the opportunity to create new jobs and economic growth, while being recognized around the world as a climate leader. In other words, climate leadership pays off.”  — Merran Smith, Executive Director of Clean Energy Canada

“Leading on climate and building a prosperous economy are two sides of the same coin. In the next decade, British Columbia can cut carbon pollution while creating 270,000 new jobs and growing its economy by $46 billion.” — Merran Smith, Executive Director of Clean Energy Canada

“In the past year we have seen significant leadership on climate from many of our trade partners, including China, the U.S. and India. This report shows that further leadership on climate action in B.C. will bolster our reputation and reinforce our competitive advantage as the rest of the world continues to act.”  — Merran Smith, Executive Director of Clean Energy Canada

KEY FACTS

  • As B.C. meets its 2050 climate target, 900,000 new jobs will be created and GDP will increase to $425 billion a year — nearly double the economic activity in the province today.
  • Emerging sectors such as renewable electricity, biofuels and manufacturing will thrive, adding 29,000 jobs by 2025 and a total of 59,000 by 2050.
  • Climate leadership can help keep rural communities diverse and prosperous: B.C.’s traditional resource sectors will see 32,000 new jobs created in the next decade, with a total of 62,000 by 2050.
  • The majority of British Columbians currently work in the knowledge and service sectors, where 210,000 new jobs will be created by 2025, reaching a total of 770,000 by 2050.  

RESOURCES

Summary report (by Clean Energy Canada)

A Clean Economy and Jobs Plan for British Columbia: Building a Diverse and Prosperous Economy Through Climate Leadership 

Technical analysis and modelling results (by Navius Research)

A Plan for Climate Leadership in British Columbia: Forecasting the Benefits and Costs of Strengthening British Columbia’s Greenhouse Gas Policies

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