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Economies around the world are in transition as businesses, citizens and governments embrace new ways of generating growth that put less strain on the planet. In Ontario, the transition to a green economy will have unique impacts on economic sectors and the people who work in them.
To make the most of Ontario’s green transition, governments, employers, unions and non-profit organizations should work together to develop a comprehensive “Just Transition Strategy” that addresses decent work considerations at all stages.
A rush of innovation in off-grid energy markets linked to falling solar prices and mobile-enabled payment schemes has led to an upsurge in clean and affordable energy access for households in poor or remote communities. But how can this growth in household energy use be matched by 'productive uses' of energy (PUE) – powering local farms and enterprises and helping to build the economy?

Green jobs are decent jobs that contribute to environmental sustainability, either through employment in the production of green goods or services or through employment that utilises environmentally friendly production practices. As such, green jobs can be found both in traditional sectors, such as manufacturing and construction, and in emerging green sectors such as renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Although the transition to a green economy will disrupt current employment patterns and cause considerable job loss in certain industries, the overall transition is expected to generate up to 60 million new jobs globally, lifting tens of millions of workers out of poverty (ILO, 2012). In particular, eight sectors are expected to be impacted most strongly through the transition to a green economy: agriculture, forestry, fishing, energy, manufacturing, recycling, buildings and transport

Relevance to the SDGs

Sustainable Development Goal 8 calls for the creation of decent jobs and productive employment for men and women and developing strategies for youth employment. This also includes providing a safe and secure work environment and improved education and training.

SDG 8
Green Employment

Publications

Greening the Rural Economy and Green Jobs
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Decent Work in the Green Economy
Mowat Centre, Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI), University of Toronto

Best Practices

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP)
Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP)

Learning Products

Forest Europe, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO)
International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO)

Projects

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH