Cornerstone of Economic Growth, Jobs and Environmental Protection, says
TORONTO, Aug. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - By reducing its energy use 25 per cent by
2025, Ontario is poised to create 25,000 new jobs in the province, says
Blue Green Canada's report, More Jobs, Less Pollution.
Based on work from Ontario economic experts at the Centre for Spatial
Economics, a 25 per cent reduction in energy use by 2025 would also
result in a $3.7 billion increase in GDP, as well as a provincial and
federal deficit reduction of nearly $2 billion.
As the province faces key decisions about how to meet its energy needs,
Blue Green Canada is recommending Ontario look to conservation before
approving new generation as a means to create jobs and grow the economy
while ensuring the health of Ontarians is protected.
"Saving energy can put people to work doing things like building windows
and doors, making our homes more efficient and designing new, green
buildings. It's not just good energy policy; it's good economic
policy," said Mark Rowlinson of United Steelworkers. "Ontario needs to
catch up to leading jurisdictions by making this a priority. And with
smart policy, we can make sure the jobs are retained in the province."
Implementing these targets will result in a 1.6 per cent increase in
growth for Ontario's manufacturing sector, with paper and allied
products and primary metals seeing the greatest benefit. As well,
greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by 19 million tonnes, more
than the total emissions from the Nanticoke coal plant when it was
running at full capacity.
"This report comes as government is deciding what role conservation will
play in the province's energy plan, and shows that acting aggressively
to cut energy waste is good for the economy and our environment," said
Gillian McEachern of Environmental Defence. "Energy conservation is by
far the cheapest way to reduce carbon pollution and should be a
priority in our fight against climate change."
"According to our recent polling, eight out of 10 Ontarians rank
conservation as a 'top or high' priority of any long-term energy plan,"
said Merran Smith, of Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada. "The people
are already on-side; it's up to government to make it happen with
The report also recommends that the province set an ambitious energy
conservation target in its energy plan, develop a strategy to harness
the jobs and economic benefits of conservation, and put in place the
right financial signals for industry, businesses and homeowners to save
The full report is available for download at http://bluegreencanada.ca/more-jobs-less-pollution
Blue Green Canada is an alliance between Canadian labour unions,
environmental and civil society organizations to advocate for working
people and the environment by promoting solutions to environmental
issues that have positive employment and economic impacts. The alliance
is based upon the realization that a future sustainable economy must
provide good jobs and protect the environment, not one or the other.
SOURCE: Blue Green Canada
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