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Introduction

Issues

To reach net-zero by 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has called for no new fossil fuel expansion projects to be undertaken after the year 2021. Unfortunately, many companies are ignoring this scientific recommendation and continuing to invest in expansion. The UN Production Gap report notes that governments and companies around the world plan to produce more than double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than would be consistent with a 1.5 degree temperature limit. This both endangers the planet, and is also economically short-sighted, potentially leading to $100 billion in stranded assets in Canada by as early as 2036. 

Solutions

Thanks to a huge decline in renewable energy prices, along with advances in energy storage technology, a global clean energy transition is finally within reach. Between 2010 and 2022, the cost of solar, wind, heat pumps, and batteries fell by 80% on average, meaning that an accelerated transition to clean energy could save the global economy $12 trillion, according to a study from Oxford University. 

In 2023 global investments in solar power surpassed investments in oil production for the first time ever. This rate of growth is already faster than the rate which would be needed to help limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Renewable energy already accounts for 80% of total electricity investment, with electricity becoming the “new oil” of the global energy system as buildings and transportation systems rapidly electrify. 

All of these trends mean that the fossil fuel era is coming to an end. In 2022, the IEA projected for the first time that fossil fuel demand is headed for a peak in all future energy system scenarios. The increasing ambition of global climate policy will only accelerate this trend, with 90% of global GDP now being covered by national net-zero targets. Altogether, these positive changes have helped reduce projections of long-term temperature rise by 1°C since 2015. 

The IEA predicts that the value of the clean technology sector will outstrip the value of global oil markets by 2030. Although the fossil fuel sector is in decline, gains in clean energy will more than compensate. Economists estimate that the number of clean energy jobs in Canada will grow to 2.7 million by 2050, up from 500,000 today. 

Resources to
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Programs, Trainings, and Events
Policies and Organizations
Organizations
  • International Energy Agency - A major intergovernmental organisation, established in 1974 by the OECD, that provides policy recommendations, analysis and data on the global energy sector. 
  • International Renewable Energy Agency - An intergovernmental agency for energy transformation that serves as the principal platform for international cooperation on renewable energy.
  • Energy Transitions Commission - A global coalition of leaders from across the energy landscape committed to achieving net-zero emissions by mid-century. 
  • Rocky Mountain Institute - An independent nonprofit think tank of experts working to accelerate the clean energy transition and improve lives. 
  • Project Drawdown - The world’s leading resource for climate solutions.
  • Canadian Climate Institute - Canada’s leading climate change policy research organization.
  • Transition Accelerator - A pan-Canadian organization that works to identify and advance viable pathways to a prosperous, competitive, and net-zero Canada in 2050.
  • Clean Energy Canada - One of Canada’s leading clean energy think tanks.
  • Indigenous Clean Energy - A not-for-profit that advances Indigenous-led capacity building and collective action in Canada’s clean energy transition. 
  • Student Energy - A global youth-led organization empowering young people to accelerate the sustainable energy transition; see their Energy System Map and Energy Topics Index to learn more about key topics.
Existing policies
Key Policy Changes
  • Clean Electricity Regulations - Canada has released a draft Clean Electricity Regulations which will ensure we decarbonize our grid by 2035 while meeting increased demand for electricity. As drafted, they would cut over 340 megatonnes of greenhouse gas pollution between 2024 and 2050.
  • Clean Investment Tax Credits - As part of Budget 2023, the government has announced 5 major Clean Investment Tax Credits which aim to propel the development and growth of clean energy technologies in Canada. 
  • Oil and Gas Emissions Cap - Canada has released a framework to cap and reduce the operational emissions from Canada’s oil and gas production sector, which remain the largest and fastest-growing source of emissions in Canada. 
  • 2030 Emissions Reductions Plan - As required by law in the Net-Zero Accountability Act, in March 2022 Canada released its first ever Emissions Reductions Plan, a roadmap that outlines a sector-by-sector path for Canada to reach its emissions reduction target of 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050.
New policy initiatives
Petitions

Volunteer Positions

Disclaimer: this list includes both organizations that are actively recruiting volunteers as well as organizations that do NOT have current openings.
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Name of Company
Open Positions
Location
Website
Toronto Environmental Alliance
Toronto
Efficiency Canada

Become a Regional Champion Volunteer

Nationwide
Future Ground Network

Multiple

Nationwide
Citizen’s Climate Lobby Canada

Multiple

Nationwide
Équiterre

No known openings

Nationwide
Village Vancouver Transition Society

Multiple

Vancouver
Transition Network

Join a Transition Group

Nationwide
The Council of Canadians

Join a Chapter

Nationwide
The Climate Reality Project

Multiple

Nationwide
350 Canada

Multiple

Nationwide

Job Board

Disclaimer: Certain organizations on this list don't have sustainability as their core purpose, but they have been included because they have strong commitments and recognition for their efforts. For these organizations, only open positions directly contributing to sustainability initiatives or departments will be listed.

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Open Positions
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Website
Career Development Resources
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Leveraging LinkedIn
  • Explore Green Career Centre’s LinkedIn Maximization Guide
  • Read through Green Career Centre’s LinkedIn Sustainability Influencers to Follow articles from 2022 and 2023.  
  • We also recommend following us on LinkedIn, where we regularly share opportunities, resources, and news related to the clean economy.

Networking & Interview Prep

Job Search Resources
  • This report provides a helpful toolkit, case studies, and tips for BIPOC/BAME youth to develop self-knowledge, prepare for job hunting, increase their competence, build sustainability experience, and nurture well-being.
  • Visit Green Career Centre’s Job Application Tracker to manage your applications, update progress, and interview prep. 
  • Check out GoodWork's Job Search Tips & Resources for proactive strategies to find and land the right opportunity.
  • Many job search experts agree that most jobs belong to the hidden job market. To learn about navigating this, read Hidden Sustainability Jobs and Tapping the Hidden Job Market.