Report: Green, Decent and Public

By Andrea Harden-Donahue and Andrea Peart.

Canada and the world must address the climate crisis – the most urgent issue of our time. There is a desperate need to stop the average global temperature from rising any more than 2°C. We are also faced with a serious global economic crisis that requires decisive action. There is a broad-based, growing movement to recognize opportunity in crises.

Green, Decent and Public focuses on the distinct opportunities of the public sector to play a prominent role in generating decent green jobs. This begins with a discussion of the economic growth potential of green jobs and the shovel-ready capacity of the public sector. This is followed by a closer examination of energy efficiency opportunities in the electricity sector and beyond. Focus is then shifted to the electricity sector and the tremendous potential for green job creation associated with renewable power generation.