New figures on jobs in B.C.’s green-building sector were released last Thursday by the Pembina Institute.
This coincides with Buildings Day at the United Nations climate-change conference in Paris and the left-wing think tank says they show this is a growing sector which already employs tens of thousands of British Columbians.
An interaction map shows over 10,000 energy efficient homes and buildings in the province, and they’re found in both our biggest cities and most remote communities.
Late last month, over 80 companies, organizations and cities threw their support behind the Call for Action on Energy and Climate in the Building Sector, urging the province to take bold measures to reduce emissions from homes and buildings.
It acknowledges the Liberal government has taken some steps to support this sector, but argues it must take further and faster action, in order to meet its greenhouse-gas emission targets, and accelerate the growth of a clean economy.
The release of the green buildings map follows what Pembina calls the success of its Clean Electricity Job Map which reportedly highlights 14,000, 100 jobs created by hydro, biomass, wind and solar-electricity companies across the province.
The Institute claims B.C.’s green-building sector directly and indirectly employs 23,200 people and says 34 manufacturers and suppliers are now part of it.
It also puts the number of green homes in the province at 8,900, and says there are now just over 1,100 large green buildings.
That noted an institute spokesperson argues, the map makes it clear that we can build our way to a clean economy, one where we reduce energy use and carbon pollution, and at the same time create jobs.