Clean Economy

Cap And Trade Is Off To A Good Start In Ontario. Now Let It Go To Work.

Keith Brooks | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Keith Brooks

Ontario businesses have cast a real vote of confidence in cap and trade by buying 100 per cent of the permits offered at the March 22 auction. There was strong interest in the futures market too. All told, the auction raised $470 million that the province must now reinvest back into climate action and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Clean Innovation Goes West Coast

Stephen Hui | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Stephen Hui

The district of Squamish in British Columbia is widely known as the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada. But this all-season destination for climbers, hikers, mountain bikers, kite surfers, and birdwatchers is also developing a reputation as a nucleus for clean innovation.

Leap Manifesto Sets Sights on a Green Canada by 2050

Maude Barlow | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Maude Barlow

One could be forgiven for thinking climate change would be at the centre of the election. A decade of gutted environmental laws, unfettered fossil fuel expansion, missed carbon pollution reduction targets and a failure to capture the tangible benefits of shifting to cleaner energy production and use has not only lowered our collective expectations, but put us at the back of the pack globally.

Fighting Climate Change to Strengthen Ontario's Economy

Keith Brooks | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Keith Brooks

Climate change is a critically important issue for the economy. The Clean Economy Alliance, which launched Wednesday, has united under some common principles to support Ontario's commitment to climate action and to make some suggestions for how the province should proceed. We've come together because addressing climate change can benefit our economy, and failing to address climate change would be very costly. Climate change has been called the single largest threat to the global economy, which is why the World Bank says a four-degree world must be avoided.

Why British Columbians Want to Speed the Shift to Clean Energy

Merran Smith | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Merran Smith

Though the B.C. government primarily sees China as a market for carbon-based fuels -- including the roughly eight million metric tonnes of thermal coal that pass through Port Metro Vancouver each year -- the opportunity to export clean energy products and services is enormous. This could be anything from small wind turbines made in Surrey to "energy intelligence" software developed in Vancouver.

It's the Green Economy, Stupid

Keith Brooks | Posted 03.26.2012 | Canada
Keith Brooks

In a recent poll Canadians cited the economy as their most pressing concern. There is mounting evidence a green economy would deliver greater economic growth and more jobs compared with continuing with business as usual. The green economy isn't just better for the environment; it's a better economy.

Canada Won't Be America's 'Giant National Park': Harper

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.17.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he doesn't want the future of Northern Gateway pipeline to be decided by "certain" people in the United St...

As China Goes Green What Is Canada Waiting for?

John Brian Shannon | Posted 02.16.2012 | Canada
John Brian Shannon

China's government has realized the importance of clean energy to the very survival and health of many thousands of citizens per year and the economy. China is now making huge strides to properly address it's environmental challenges and there is nothing stopping Canada from doing the same -- except ourselves.

Challenging The "Bad Guys" of Climate Change

Simon Zadek | Posted 02.09.2012 | Canada
Simon Zadek

Great business leaders who embrace tomorrow's sustainable markets need to move out of their comfort zone. Chief executives with business models in mind that can profit from environmentally bounded markets should focus post-Durban on what to do about their backward-looking peers.

In Durban, Canada Needs an Oil Change

Cameron Fenton | Posted 01.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

Canada has decided to put polluters ahead of people. It is only nation to weaken its international commitments after the Copenhagen conference; this after it stood alone as the only nation to renounce its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.

Why We Don't Need to Choose Between the Environment and the Economy

Keith Brooks | Posted 01.26.2012 | Canada Business
Keith Brooks

We cannot choose between the environment and the economy. We need both. And this is our challenge: to create the conditions so that both can thrive. This realization is at the heart of an emerging school of environmentalism often encapsulated by the term, "green economy."

Green Jobs Are Not a Hoax

Keith Brooks | Posted 12.11.2011 | Canada
Keith Brooks

For decades, people have argued that we must choose between good work and a clean environment. But that argument just doesn't hold up anymore. We need a functioning economy with good jobs, and a clean environment, which is what is meant by the term green economy.

Green Jobs Are Under Attack

Keith Brooks | Posted 10.29.2011 | Canada
Keith Brooks

Even though embracing renewable energy will save ratepayers money, the Conservative Party of Ontario has vowed to cancel the province's program. Instead, Ontario should look more closely at Europe, where renewable energy is embraced by right- and left-wing alike because it is a win-win proposition.

Green Jobs: Difficult to Assess, but a Pathway to Success

Keith Brooks | Posted 10.05.2011 | Canada
Keith Brooks

The challenge with tracking the green economy stems from the fact that this sector is, well, not a sector. There are no occupational classifications dedicated to green jobs, and no industry codes either. How can we tell whether or to what extent the green economy has been successful?