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Green Jobs Report

Green Jobs Report

Economic Costs and Benefits for Proposed Climate Goals in Nova Scotia

Read the full report here (PDF):
Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act: Economic Costs and Benefits of Proposed Goals (Sept 2019). 

Read a summary of the report here (PDF):
Economic Costs and Benefits of Proposed Climate Goals (Sept 2019)

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) and our allies are proposing ambitious climate goals for 2030, broad public consultations and a just transition to the green economy that leaves no one behind. This report explores the jobs and economic costs and benefits of select climate goals that EAC proposes for 2030. 

Major findings from the report include 15,000 jobs per year in the green economy by 2030 and $9.7 Billion in added GDP by 2030 as a result of the proposed goals.

Specifically, EAC proposed these new goals as part of the renewal of The Nova Scotia Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA). First enacted in 2007, EGSPA was re-introduced as the  Sustainable  Development Goals Act in October 2019.  It  includes  a  legislated GHG emissions reduction target for the year  2030,  legislates net zero emissions by 2050,  and  commits to a new  climate change plan that will be developed over the next year. 

The following six (6) goals focused on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are assessed in terms of associated costs and benefits in this report:

  • Goal 1: Reducing GHG emissions 50% below 1990 levels by 2030 – Meeting this goal would put Nova Scotia in line with its fair share of emissions reductions to keep global warming below the Paris Agreement’s target of 1.5°C. This overarching goal is met through goals 2-5.
  • Goal 2: Supplying 90% of NS electricity needs with renewable energy by 2030 – Dramatically decarbonizing Nova Scotia’s electricity grid by displacing coal, oil and large biomass with wind, hydro, solar, small scale biomass, and community-scale projects.
  • Goal 3: Making 100% of eligible social housing Net-Zero Energy Ready (NZER) by 2030– Saving energy and making people more comfortable in their homes by reducing energy consumption in existing social housing by 60% or more, and ensuring all new construction is built to NZER standards.
  • Goal 4: – Tripling energy efficiency in the electricity sector by 2030 – Saving money and avoiding the need for new electricity system infrastructure by increasing the level of total electricity system efficiency to 3% a year.
  • Goal 5: Reducing car dependence, and electrifying personal and public transport – This goal includes public transit and active transportation promotion, battery electric buses (BEBs), higher occupancy vehicles, and promotion of hybrid and electric vehicles.
  • Goal 6: Growing Nova Scotia’s green economy – Meeting goals 1 through 5 will substantially increase the economic prosperity of the green economy in Nova Scotia and aim to create over 15,000 green jobs per year in the province by the year 2030.

The economic costs and benefits report is authored by Gardner Pinfold Consulting Economists Ltd


If we’re going to tackle the climate crisis, we need an ambitious plan — strong, measurable goals to take action, create jobs and leave no one behind.  Until recently, Nova Scotia had no legislated climate and environmental goals past the year 2020.   But after hundreds of Nova Scotians emailed the province asking for strong, measurable climate goals, and more than 10,000 people marched in the streets of Halifax in support of the student-led climate strikes,  the province  introduced legislation  that  will  enable  Nova Scotians to set  new and updated  environmental  goals. 

Click here to learn how you can help keep the pressure up to ensure Nova Scotia gets new, ambitious, inclusive and bold climate goals. 


Green Jobs Report in the News


See some of the media stories from the launch of this Report below:

Chronicle Herald:


NEWS 957 (Sept 17, 1:15pm):


+ CBC Radio One hourly local updates (Evening of Sept 17)

Global TV:

CTV News at Five (Timestamp 1:30 - 4:35  ):

AllNS (Sept 18, 2019):

NS Advocate:

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CBC Sound Off: